According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), more than 1,000 bicycle accident fatalities and nearly 467,000 bicycle-related injuries occurred in the U.S. in 2015. Victims and their families typically experience overwhelming debt due to medical costs and lost earnings.
While modern automobile technology is helping prevent accidents and save lives, accidents involving motor vehicles and bicycles still occur frequently. The best way to avoid these devastating collisions is to drive defensively at all times. In order to do so, motorists need to understand how to anticipate dangerous scenarios.
The following are several tips to avoid bicycle accidents:
- Make eye contact with bicyclists to confirm he or she has seen you.
- Leave three feet of space between your vehicle and the cyclist when overtaking
- Use your turn signals early so cyclists can anticipate your actions
- Check your mirrors and blind spots prior to changing lanes, turning, and opening your doors.
- Avoid distractions such as texting, talking on your phone, eating, and grooming.
- Keep your windshield clear of dirt and debris.
- Do not drink and drive since 37% of bicycle deaths had involved alcohol, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).
- Unfortunately, even the most diligent drivers and cyclists cannot avoid all accidents.
Unfortunately, even the most diligent drivers and cyclists cannot avoid all accidents. Many survivors endure substantial pain and cannot participate in normal, day-to-day activities they had enjoyed before their accidents.