Spring a Dangerous Time for Bicycle Accidents in Oklahoma
On March 15, 2013, News Channel 4 Oklahoma City indicated that warmer weather was starting to bring out bicycle riders to take advantage of the nice spring days. Unfortunately, our Oklahoma City accident attorneys know that more bike riders on the road means a greater chance of auto accidents occurring as bikers and drivers try to share the roadways, often unsuccessfully.
News Channel 4 Oklahoma acknowledged that there is a potential danger to bikers, as well as to pedestrians and runners, who have to cope with traffic as they head outside to enjoy the warm weather. Drivers often do not know the rules when it comes to sharing the road with bicycle riders, and cyclists may not know how to interact with drivers as safely as possible.
Staying Safe from Bicycle Accidents this Spring
Drivers have the responsibility to look out for bicycle riders, to yield the right-of-way as required by driving laws, and to make sure they do not infringe on the space of bike riders who are legally sharing the road with them.
While drivers can be held responsible in the eyes of the law if they act in a manner that puts bike riders in danger, ultimately bicycle riders have the greatest stake in protecting their own safety. This means that bike riders should do everything possible to make sure drivers notice them and to reduce the risk of a crash.
KFOR provides some suggestion to bike riders including:
- Wearing bright colored clothing so that drivers can easily spot you.
- Using a clip on light or bicycle light for those riding bicycles after dark.
- Paying attention to cars at all time since cars may not be looking out for you.
- Focusing on the biking and refraining from wearing head phones, which can be a distraction and which can make it impossible to know when a car is coming.
- Wearing a helmet whenever you ride a bicycle.
- Making sure that the bicycle is kept in good working order. Before riding, it is important to check the tires and brakes on the bike. This is especially true if you have not ridden the bike over the winter and if the bicycle has been in storage during this time.
By following these tips, hopefully bicycle riders will be able to avoid becoming involved in a car wreck. Bicycle riders, however, still remain at the mercy of drivers who are in more powerful, larger and faster vehicles.
If a driver isn’t paying attention or doesn’t stop and give a bike rider the right-of-way as required, the bike rider could become seriously hurt in a resulting crash. Bicycles provide no cushioning or protection for the rider, other than the use of a helmet, so a car crash can have a major and devastating impact. The driver of the car who is responsible would be required to pay for resulting injuries and losses, but this is small consolation to someone who is coping with the pain and loss of a serious injury.
If you’ve been injured in a bicycle accident, contact Daniel M. Davis, attorney and counselor of law: 1-800-HURTLINE.