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Cyclists take note: 2 important tips for biking in the Bay Area

Whether looking for a quick and easy means of transportation or a trail ride with stunning views, few places offer as many opportunities for cyclists as San Franscico. Although biker friendly, those who choose to bike in the Bay Area are wise to do so carefully as bike accidents can have tragic consequences. These two tips can help reduce the risk of a crash.

#1: An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure

The adage rings true for cyclists. You can take proactive steps to reduce the risk of a biking accident. The first step is to know the area and adhere to the rules of the road. In California, this generally means riding in the same direction as traffic, using bike lanes where available, and equipping for visibility as well as protection. Additional tips include:

  • Visibility. Visibility can mean the difference between a safe trip and a hazardous one. Make yourself as visible as possible to motorists, especially at dawn, dusk, or night. This can include wearing bright, reflective clothing and having front and rear lights on your bicycle.
  • Cautiously navigating intersections. It is also important to approach intersections with caution. Accidents are common in these areas. You can reduce this risk by making eye contact with drivers and using hand signals to communicate your intentions.
  • Defensive riding. Always assume that drivers may not see you or may not predict your actions accurately. Be prepared to stop or maneuver quickly and scan the road for hazards like potholes, opening car doors, and pedestrians.

Cycling in California can and should be an enjoyable experience. These tips help to better ensure you have a great ride and get to your destination in one piece.

#2: Know your rights if you are the victim of an accident

Even when we take these precautions, accidents can happen. In a recent example, a highly experienced rider was hit by a driver when out with an organized group ride. The rider fell after while going over tracks and was struck by a pickup truck.

Those who are involved in a serious bike accident and believe the crash was the result of a driver’s negligent or reckless driving can likely hold that driver and their insurance company accountable for the wrongdoing. This can lead to funds to help cover the cost of medical treatment, rehabilitation, and even wages lost due to injuries resulting from the accident.

These remedies may be available through a civil suit. An attorney experienced in this area of the law can review your case and discuss your options.