On September 28, a bicyclist suffered non-life threatening injuries when a vehicle driver failed to yield the right-of-way to the bicyclist at an intersection. While drivers should respect and be aware of bicyclists on the roadways, when you are riding your bike, there are several things you can do to reduce your chances of being hit by a vehicle.
- Be careful when riding your bike on sidewalks. While Odessa law allows for bike riding on sidewalks, some other Texas cities do not. Make sure you are obeying local laws. If you are riding on sidewalks, watch for pedestrians, and make sure vehicles are aware of you at intersections or at other times when you are going to cross the roadway.
- Obey traffic laws. Generally, you are safest riding on the road. When doing this, you should stop at stop signs and red lights, the same as motor vehicles. To avoid being hit by vehicles, travel in the same direction as traffic. You should travel as far to the right as practical. This may mean moving over when roadways are narrow, when cars are parked on the far right of the road, or when road conditions make it unsafe to travel on the far right side of the road.
- Avoid busy streets whenever possible. Instead, travel in neighborhoods and other areas where you can safely travel in your lane. This may mean adjusting your route so you only have to cross over busier roads, rather than traveling down them. The fewer cars, the less likely you are to get hit by a vehicle.
- Wear reflective gear or bright colors and make sure you have lights on your bike. Reflective gear and bike lights are especially important at night.
- Avoid stopping in a vehicle’s blind spot. Instead, stop behind the vehicle. Otherwise, the driver may not see you and may hit you, particularly if the person is making a right-hand turn.
Of course, you can take all the precautions to be a safe cyclist, but if drivers are not paying attention, a driver may still hit you while you are on your bike. If you are a bicyclist who suffered injuries after being hit by a vehicle, contact us. An experienced Odessa injury lawyer can provide you with a free review of your case.