Spring to Safety (part 1) – Avoiding Bike Accidents & Injury

The California Injury Attorney Blog wants you to be safe this spring as you get out on the road on your bike.

The California Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) notes that every year thousands of people are injured and over 100 killed in bicycle accidents. These accidents can be caused by either the bicyclist’s actions or the driver’s actions.

As we approach the spring and summer months, here are some important reminders for both bicyclists and motorists. First and foremost, when riding a bike on a public road it is important to remember that the rules of the road apply to you as well as the drivers with whom you are sharing the road. The California Driver Handbook includes the rules and regulations you need to know.

Drivers beware. Before you turn right, merge into bicycle lanes or open doors next to traffic, remember to watch for bikes and respect their right of way.

Bicyclists be informed. Bicyclists should know the basic rules to keep safe which include maintaining control, reducing risk of head injury by always wearing a helmet, staying alert and visible, communicating your intentions and riding with motorists.

Bicycle control. There are several things to remember in controlling your bicycle. Make sure your bike “fits” you and is properly adjusted for your body. Why is this important? It is much easier to control a bike that is properly fit to your body. And when you are properly fit to your bike, you will be less tired while riding and feel more comfortable. Make sure to inspect your bike regularly so that it is working correctly as you ride and need to brake.

Do not drive a bike while under the influence. The California Vehicle Code (VC §21200.5) makes it unlawful to ride a bike while under the influence of drugs or alcohol. If you are under the age of 21, and over the age of 13 a conviction under this law will result in the suspension or the delay of your right to drive a car for one year.

Avoid serious injury — wear your helmet Sometimes it is easy to forget that even a simple fall can cause a very serious injury. Protect your head and your fragile brain by wearing a helmet. Vehicle Code §21212 requires that bicycle riders under 18 years of age wear a bicycle helmet while riding on a public road. All bike riders should wear a helmet, regardless of age to avoid injury that could last a lifetime.

Enjoy your ride. Next post, we will share some additional things to remember as you get out on the road on your bicycle.

Related Web Resources

For more information on bike safety visit kidshealth.org where you can find all sorts of great information on keeping healthy and safe.

The Bay Area personal injury and trial lawyers of Hersh & Hersh can help you. If you or someone you know has been injured in a bicycle accident or any other motor vehicle accident, please take action and contact us. You will have a free consultation with a lawyer who will evaluate your situation.