Recently, a bicyclist was killed in a traffic accident in Berkeley. This tragedy is a reminder of the importance of being a safe bicyclist, no matter how often you ride on the road. As personal injury lawyers, we want to provide you with tips on being a safe bicyclist.
- Always wear a helmet when riding a bicycle. Although California state law only requires riders under 18 to wear a helmet, certain parts of California, including El Cerrito, require all bicyclists to wear helmets. Even if you are not required by law to wear a helmet, wearing one can greatly reduce your chances of suffering a serious injury if you are involved in a crash.
- Pay attention when riding your bike. This includes putting away your cell phone, keeping both hands on the handlebars, and watching for uneven roadways.
- Use bike trails and bike lanes when they are available. When bike lanes are not available, take extra care. When possible, avoid traveling along especially busy streets, particularly during rush hour or when the road is likely to be congested.
- Make yourself visible. People driving vehicles are often watching out for other drivers, but they are not as aware of bicyclists. Wear bright, reflective clothing. This is especially important when riding at night. Make sure your bike is equipped with reflectors, especially if you are riding after dark or when there is poor visibility.
- Do not weave between vehicles, either on the road or in a parking lot.
- Be extra careful when traveling on wet roads, particularly when traveling through standing water.
Unfortunately, even if you are a safe bicyclist, accidents happen. If you were injured in a bicycle accident, the personal injury lawyers at Needham Kepner & Fish are there for you. Contact us online or by calling 408-956-6949 to learn what we can do for you.