Ever since your son fell off his bike last month and needed to be rushed to George Washington U to get 20 stitches in his leg, you’ve been a little paranoid about his riding his bike. Being the overly protective mother that you are, you made the mistake of Googling bike accident injuries, and now you want to throw his bike in a dumpster to keep him from getting hurt.

Your husband unfortunately vetoed that idea and instead suggested you find other ways to protect him without denying him his bike.

So, besides wrapping him in bubble wrap and constantly walking next to him with a first aid kit, how do you keep him safe when he’s riding his bike?

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Since the start of your pregnancy, it seems as if every report you see on WJLA, every show you watch on PBS, and every movie you watch on MNT is about women losing their babies in car accidents. Perhaps you’re just sensitive to the subject, so you subconsciously see it everywhere. However, that doesn’t mean the danger isn’t real…right?

So, should you be worried for your unborn child? If so, what can you do to protect him?

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It’s been almost three months since your brothers convinced you to check your mother out of MedStar and place her in a nursing home, and ever since, you’ve been wracked with guilt. When you go to see her, it’s as though a light inside her has been switched off. You’ve noticed that she barely speaks when you talk to her, and whenever you get too close to her, she flinches.

Could her actions be a sign of something more than just becoming accustomed to her new surroundings? Could the home actually be hurting her?

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Every day you see at least one or two bicyclists as you’re driving home. Usually, you don’t have to worry about them too much, because they’re generally careful and respectful around traffic. However, today you witnessed a biker doing something so careless and idiotic, you could barely take your eyes off him.

You were making your turn around Dupont Circle when you noticed a biker weaving in and out of traffic. He had one hand on his bike handle, and his other was holding what appeared to be his phone. He kept looking down at it, and pressing buttons, all while jerking his bike back and forth. Suddenly, you saw him take his other hand off of the bike (removing any type of control he may have had), pluck his headphones out of his ears, and raise the phone to take a call.

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Turns are one of the most dangerous common traffic movements. According to the National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration, 30 percent of all traffic accidents occur in intersections as a result of improper turns. This statistic doesn’t bode well for Washingtonians, as D.C. has thousands of intersections where millions of drivers cross and turn each day. Many of these intersections present twice the risk, as they not only have one turn lane per side, but two.

However, just because you live in a city that has high turning accident risks doesn’t mean that you can’t protect yourself from a tragic accident.

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Walking in a warm summer rain storm can sometimes be a very freeing and fun experience, especially when that means you’ll have the otherwise busy downtown sidewalks all to yourself. Who cares about a little rain, when you can finally get your window shopping done around Woodmont Triangle, undisturbed by throngs of people? Not you.

However, no matter how nice it may feel, how convenient it is for clearing out pedestrian traffic, or how abruptly it may start, rain can also be extremely treacherous and lead to catastrophic pedestrian accidents.

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Since the weather has gotten nicer, you’ve made it a point to take your bike out for a ride down Clarendon Boulevard at least three times a week. However, lately your wife has been consistently and repeatedly insisting on your taking extra precautions.

She basically stands next to the door with a check list to make sure you have your helmet, knee pads, and gloves, and that you’re wearing appropriately bright clothing. She then quizzes you on what to do in certain situations. You always smile and go through the motions to make her happy, but is it really necessary?

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Watch a few Hollywood actors and you’d guess that everyone having a heart attack looks and reacts in the same way. However, in real life, your reaction might be very different when a heart attack strikes.

No two heart attacks are the same. Women tend to have very different symptoms than men, and people of different ages and fitness levels experience different symptoms. Some studies show that race even plays a factor in the way a heart attack presents itself.

It’s confusing to know what a heart attack should look and feel like. Therefore, it is hard for you to know for sure what you’re experiencing when it happens. That’s why you rely on your doctor to properly diagnose your symptoms and run the necessary tests to determine what is happening in your body.

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You had just taken your little girl to get her first library card. Needless to say you were a little emotional as she picked out her first book and took it to the counter, showed the librarian her “special” card and continued to smile and hug the Clifford book the entire time you were putting her into her car seat. As you turned onto Arlington, she began asking you questions about the pictures in the book and kept asking you to turn around. You waited until the intersection at Edgemoore Lane, and as you stopped, you quickly looked back at her, answered a few questions and then proceeded to make your turn.

Suddenly, out of nowhere, a large minivan smashes into your side and pushes your car up onto the curb. Fortunately, besides a few bumps and bruises, both you and your daughter are okay. The back window shattered, but your little girl was smart enough to cover her face with “Clifford,” so the glass didn’t cut her.

Although thankful that the injuries weren’t more severe, you’re not sure what happened to cause the accident. You thought you were clear, and you make that turn all the time. What more could you have done to have prevented the collision?

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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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