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Nationally, over 11,000 bicycle riders are injured and over 140 cyclists are killed every year. While many of these accidents are caused by negligent car drivers and other hazards, there are steps that cyclists can take to protect themselves and reduce the risk of a catastrophic accident.
Below, we discuss tips for bicyclists to employ in order to avoid a crash. Speak with a dedicated NYC bicycle accident attorney if you or someone you care about has been hurt in a bicycle accident in New York City.
Bicyclists are subject to the same traffic laws as passenger vehicles. Despite this, many bikers choose to ignore stop signs or red lights and simply breeze through. Bicyclists put themselves at serious risk when they blow a traffic light or stop sign; if there’s a crash with a car, they are going to lose. Stop at signs and lights, and wait until it is safe and legal to proceed.
Ideally, cyclists would be able to ride in designated bike lanes. Many roads do not have bike lanes, unfortunately. Bicyclists should do their best to stay as far to the right as they safely can, and as far away from vehicles as they can, while on the road.
Cyclists can help prevent accidents by using signals for turning and changing lanes just as they would if they were driving a car. Review and learn the hand signals, and practice using them whenever riding a bike to make them second nature.
Cyclists should be able to hear what is going on around them, including approaching vehicles, cars honking, and the presence of other hazards and unexpected events.
If a bicyclist is riding at night or during inclement weather, they will be nearly invisible to cars. If cyclists must ride during these times, they should wear reflective gear including reflective helmets, vests, shirts, and panels on their bikes.
New York law requires bicycle riders under the age of 14 to wear a helmet whenever riding a bike as an operator or passenger. Although not legally required, we strongly recommend any bike rider in New York City to wear a helmet at all times to help avoid the worst consequences of a crash.
If you or a loved one has been injured in a New York City bike crash and you need passionate and qualified representation to pursue your claims, contact the NYC bicycle accident lawyer Leandros A. Vrionedes for a free consultation on your case at 212-889-9362.