Planning on going for a bike ride through the city soon? With thousands of cars, pedestrians, and mass-transit vehicles traveling through the city, riding a bicycle can sometimes be a bigger undertaking than you may expect. Leisurely rides, trips to work, or even your workout can be suddenly interrupted by unexpected circumstances on your path. Without proper time to react, your bike ride through the city can turn into a serious bike accident in a blink of an eye.
Did you know that ‘Invisibility’ may be the key to preventing a bike accident in Washington D.C.’s busy, crowded streets or national parks. Of course, you should always want to be seen by other motorists, but assuming that they can’t see you, riding defensively could be your lifesaver.
Even if you and your bike light up like a Christmas tree, always assume that you are invisible to other drivers on the road.
- Want to ride through a red light? Never cross an intersection in front of moving traffic. Assume that oncoming traffic won’t be able to stop in time to avoid hitting you.
- Riding in the street and not in a bike lane? Think about whether or not cars traveling in your lane could hit you. If the answer is “yes,” ride as far as possible to the right on the road. Pay attention to how close other cars may be driving to your bike. They may have a difficult time accurately judging how much space you and your bike actually require on the road.
By riding defensively, and truly making yourself visible to other motorists, you reduce your chances of being involved in a bike crash. However, if another party is negligent during their travel, you might still be seriously injured in an accident. If this happens, you could be entitled to financial compensation for your damages. Speaking with an experienced attorney can help you learn more about your bike accident claim and legal rights. Call Lewis & Tompkins today at 202-296-0666 to schedule your free consultation.