As you approach the intersection of 15th Street and Massachusetts Avenue, your heart starts to beat a little faster, your palms begin to sweat and you instinctively begin to pedal slower. It’s been over a year since your accident and roughly four months since you were able to get back on your bike. Traffic begins to slow as the light turns red, and you cautiously move to the front of your lane, trying to stay aware of all the cars around you.
The light turns green, but instead of immediately pedaling, you stay still for a few moments to check how traffic will continue. It’s a good thing you do, because the car next to you apparently doesn’t see you and turns, without warning, in front of you.
Although you’re glad you waited, you wonder if there are any other safety guidelines you should be aware of to help avoid other potential turning accidents.
Safety Tips to Avoid a Right Turn Collision
When you’re not sure about the risks, dangers, and safety protocols involved, riding a bike through an intersection can have catastrophic effects. Follow these simple guidelines and tips to avoid a serious turning accident:
- Slow down when approaching other vehicles, whether approaching them from the rear or side, as you can never be absolutely sure about where they’re headed.
- Make sure you’re seen. Biker “invisibility” is the leading cause of bicycle accidents. Make sure you’re not riding in someone’s blind spot and that you are wearing reflective clothing at all times.
- When riding your bike through an intersection, even if you have the right of way, it is imperative that you check to make sure all vehicles on the sides are stopped, and no vehicle is attempting to turn on red.
- Pause for safety, even if you have the right of way.
- Never pick and choose which rules you want to obey. If you’re in the street, don’t suddenly go on the sidewalk in order to cross when traffic has a red. Not only does this confuse motorists, but if they expect you to be following the rules of the road, they may not see you in the crosswalk.
Sometimes accidents still happen, no matter how many precautions you take or rules you follow. If you’re a victim of a bike accident, you may be entitled to injury compensation. Call us today for a free review of your case and information about filing an injury claim. We’re here to help you pedal your way to justice, and we won’t stop until you get what you deserve. Call now for your free consultation.
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