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Bicyclists are at risk for very serious and life threatening injuries or death whenever struck by a automobile or other motor vehicle due to the relative lack of protection a bicyclist has available in a crash. Bicyclists account for about 2% of road deaths and injuries. According to the National Highway and Traffic Safety Administration and the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, about 700 to 750 bicyclists died in traffic accidents from 2000 to 2004.
Here are ten ways bicyclists can avoid being struck by automobiles:
- Get and use a headlight and rear light on your bike.
- Get and use a loud horn on your bike.
- Get and use a mirror.
- Slow Down.
- Avoid drivers’ blind spots.
- Don’t ride on the sidewalk.
- Don’t pass on the right.
- Look behind you before turning either right or left.
- Wear something bright…even during the day.
- Don’t ride against traffic.
Of course, wear a helmet at all times. Despite their best efforts, the safest bicyclist is no match for a reckless or careless motorist. If you or loved one has been injured in a bicycle-automobile accident or, worse, if a loved one has died in a bicycle accident, call CGWC for a free consultation.