Do you like to ride your bicycle? Cycling is a popular method of transportation,
exercise, socialization, and many other beneficial things. However, it
presents a rather high degree of danger for riders who share the road
with vehicles. Bicycles are much smaller and much lighter than a car with
less safety equipment, meaning riders frequently suffer serious injuries
when they collide with car. Some of these injuries can be prevented by
a little bit of extra precaution. On this blog, we examine some of these
Know the Laws
Cyclists who don’t know or follow the laws put themselves in significantly
increased danger simply because they may do something a driver doesn’t
expect. Each state has its own rules for cyclists; be sure to familiarize
yourself with Pennsylvania’s laws and follow them at all times.
Dress to Be Seen
Have you ever wondered why so many cyclists choose to wear bright, obnoxious
colors? Bright colors are more easily seen, particularly at night when
headlights are the only thing allowing a driver to see a cyclist on the
roads. If you enjoy riding, always be sure you wear something that allows
you to be easily seen, including reflective clothing if you have it!
Ride to the Right
It’s illegal to ride a bike on the sidewalk or into oncoming traffic
where you can see cars coming in front of you, so always be sure to ride
as far to the right side of the road as possible, allowing drivers to
give you a nice wide berth. There are exceptions to this obviously (to
make a left turn, for example), but try to adhere to this rule as a general
Make Eye Contact
Need to get across a lane? In addition to signaling your intentions with
your hands, making eye contact with drivers can help you be sure they
know you’re there and won’t accidentally run into you. It
also reminds motorists that you are a “real” person, and to
give you a fair amount of respect and space on the road.
If you are injured as a result of a cycling accident, be sure to review
your legal options with an Altoona personal injury attorney experienced
in handling bike accident. Since our firm opened its doors more than 100
years ago, the legal team at
Goldstein, Heslop, Steele, Clapper, Oswalt & Smith have strived to provide compassionate and knowledgeable legal representation
for victims of injuries. We hold ourselves to the highest standards of
client service and legal ability, and are fully prepared to put the law
on your side when you need financial compensation for your injuries.
Review your case with a skilled member of our team today! Contact Goldstein,
Heslop, Steele, Clapper, Oswalt & Smith today at (814) 705-4741 to
schedule a consultation.