How to Ride Defensively as a Bicyclist
Defensive driving (or riding, if you’re a bicyclist) is not as aggressive as it sounds. Rather, defensive riding involves always remaining alert to your surroundings.
Learn three ways to ride defensively as a bicyclist and protect yourself on the road.
The best way to avoid a bicycle accident is to ensure that drivers see you. Wearing bright, reflective clothing and equipping your bike with adequate lighting can make you much more visible to vehicles on the road, particularly at night.
Just as you should never assume that motorists know what you plan to do, you should never assume what they plan to do. When riding, always signal your intent to turn left or right by using appropriate hand signals.
On the flip side of that, never assume that a motorist will turn simply because their turn signal is on. In short, always react to, rather than predict, motorists’ movements on the road.
One of the best ways to protect yourself as a bicyclist on the road is to stay in bike lanes or other designated riding areas. If you must ride with traffic, take advantage of the full use of the lane (when permitted) so you can avoid parked cars whose doors may open at any time.
Try not to remain in a vehicle’s blind spot. As discussed in Tip #1, making yourself visible is key to protecting your safety, and staying out of vehicles’ blind spots is a major part of that.
At Kershaw, Cook & Talley, our attorneys are avid bicyclists, and we understand the risks that bikers face every time they go for a ride. Even if you follow all of the rules of the road as a bicyclist, motorists may not. If you or someone you love has been injured in a bicycle accident, our team can help protect your rights and recover the compensation you deserve.
Contact Kershaw, Cook & Talley at (916) 520-6639 to schedule a free consultation.