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Safety tips for bicyclists sharing the road with larger vehicles

On Behalf of | Mar 7, 2024 | PERSONAL INJURY (PLAINTIFF) - Motor Vehicle Accidents |

Bicyclists, being much smaller than cars or trucks, are more vulnerable on the road. Even when they take precautions, the unfortunate reality is that they are likely to suffer more severe injuries in a collision with these larger vehicles. In addition, if bicyclists disregard road rules, they can be held accountable for causing accidents.

So, these safety tips are crucial not only for their self-preservation but also to help avoid accidents on the road.

Observing traffic rules and regulations

One of the most important safety tips for bicyclists is adherence to all traffic rules. This includes:

  • Following traffic signals and signs.
  • Yielding the right of way when applicable.
  • Traveling in the same direction as the flow of other vehicles.

Bicyclists, as part of the traffic ecosystem, must follow the same rules as motor vehicles to ensure road safety for all.

Remaining visible to other road users

The second safety tip focuses on visibility. Drivers of larger vehicles can often overlook bicyclists because of their smaller size. So, it’s critical for bicyclists to enhance their visibility. This is especially true when riding in low-light conditions or at night to avoid accidents.

They can achieve this by wearing reflective clothing, using lights on both the front and rear of the bicycle and making eye contact with drivers when possible.

Maintaining a safe distance from other vehicles

Another important tip is for bicyclists to maintain a safe distance from cars and trucks. Whether bicyclists are riding behind or passing cars and trucks, maintaining a safe buffer helps provide adequate reaction time in case the larger vehicles make sudden stops or turns.

This is especially critical when sharing the road with larger vehicles like trucks, which have larger blind spots and need more distance to stop.

Considering legal help in case of an accident

Despite taking all these precautions, accidents can still occur. In such situations, it’s essential to gather all necessary information, including details about the other parties involved, key witnesses and the specifics of the accident. Establishing who’s at fault is crucial for understanding liability and potential compensation for damages, like medical costs for recovery. However, this process can be complex. A legal professional can be beneficial here. They can help protect the bicyclist’s rights under Florida law and obtain any compensation needed.