Redington Beach Bicycle Accident Attorney
If you were injured in a bike collision, you have the option and the right to seek compensation from the at-fault party’s insurance company. To do this, you must first reach out to an attorney to prove liability and establish your damage. Our Redington Beach bicycle accident attorney at Reep Coleman & Stubbendorff is here to help in the aftermath of a serious bike collision.
Three Bike Riding Tips to Protect Yourself Against Bad Drivers
Intersections make up less than one percent of roadway space, yet account for roughly 50 percent of serious collisions. Intersections are a point in the road where you have at least some degree of control when it comes to your safety as a cyclist. You cannot prevent someone from hitting you from behind on a straight road, but you can take defensive riding measures to increase your safety as you approach and pass through intersections, where drivers are extremely likely to cut you off due to distraction, impatience, and road rage.
- Avoiding a Right Hook—When approaching a side street an intersection, as you ride in the bike lane, make sure to speed up to pull even with or pass the front passenger window (so the driver has a better chance of seeing you), or slow down enough so that if the driver decides to make a last minute right turn, you are in the clear and will not be hit.
- Avoiding a Collision With an Impatient or Distracted Driver Waiting to Pull Out—If you notice a driver waiting to pull out from a side street or parking lot as you approach ( you have the right of way and do not have a stop sign), try to make eye contact with the driver to see if they are at least looking in your direction. Another tip is to continue pedaling to show them that you are not slowing down for them to cut you off. You do not have to put any pressure on the pedals at this point, and can actually be applying the brakes at the same time if you are unsure whether the driver is about to pull out and cut you off.
- Make Yourself More Visible to Left-Turning Drivers—As you approach an intersection (you have the green light) and you notice drivers waiting to make a left turn across traffic, one thing you can do to dissuade that driver from suddenly turning left in front of you is to move left, out of the bike lane and into the car lane of traffic before you reach the intersection. This makes you more visible, shows the driver that you intend on going straight, and enforces the fact that you have the right of way.
Call a Redington Beach Bicycle Accident Lawyer at Reep Coleman & Stubbendorff Today
Unfortunately, there is no going back in time to undo what happened, and a personal injury claim and the compensation it comes with is not intended to erase what was done to you. However, an injury claim can help you cover medical expenses, property damage, and much more. Call our Redington Beach bicycle accident attorney at Reep Coleman & Stubbendorff today at 727-330-6502 to schedule a free consultation.