Six Tips for Cyclists to Avoid Collisions with Cars

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  1. Wear highly visible clothes so all drivers can see you. At night wear flashing lights even on your clothes.
  2. Obey all traffic laws and always stay in the bicycle lane whenever possible. Never swerve or zig-zag in and out of traffic. That is very dangerous.
  3. Insurance. Purchase auto insurance that covers accidents involving uninsured or underinsured drivers. That will provide you with coverage if you are involved in an accident with an automobile including a hit and run driver.
  4. After a crash keep cool at all times. Do not be intimidated and do not flee.
  5. If you are hit by a car, try to record the license plate number on a piece of paper or even take a photo of the license plate.
  6. Get off the road and call 911. After answering the police dispatcher about your injuries immediately tell the dispatcher all about the car including the license plate. And if the driver has fled tell the dispatcher the direction of travel of the vehicle.

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How To Deal With Aggressive Drivers

Bike Rage We have had situations where our bicycle clients have been riding along minding their own business, when a driver passes and suddenly begins to harass them. We have represented a cyclist that was harassed by a driver who threw a water bottle at him. Our client recorded the entire incident using his cell phone camera. He posted the incident online, and the video has been viewed by thousands. Sadly, what happened to this client, happens all too frequently.

What You Should Do

Avoid doing anything to arouse an aggressive driver or their passengers. Do nothing to retaliate against them or their vehicle. Avoid yelling and screaming at them. No matter what, stay cool, calm and collected. Do not threaten, do not curse, do not do anything overly-aggressive. In a road rage situation, think about where you are and how you are riding. Everyone will look at that at a later date. Make sure you remain in the correct lane, and that you are proceeding forward at all times in a consistent manner. Always use the bike lane.  If there isn’t a bike lane, stay as far to the right-side of the road as possible. If you report the incident to the police, make sure you or your witnesses can identify who was harassing you. If during the incident you are  physically attacked or harassed, defend yourself. But, make sure that you are reacting in a manner consistent with the situation, not overreacting. Only defend yourself, if you have no alternative.

Contact Us

Since we are a bicycle law firm with 23 offices throughout California we have the necessary resources to help you or loved one who is injured in an accident or road rage incident. Call1-800-718-4658 today for a free, confidential consultation. There is no pressure for you to sign up with us. We will advise you of your rights. You should talk to the experts. We handle bicycle accident claims on a contingency basis, which means there is no fee, unless a recovery is obtained from the at-fault driver’s insurance company. =&2=&

How To Deal With Overly Aggressive Drivers

We have had situations where our bicycle clients have been riding along minding their own
business, when a driver passes and suddenly begins to harass them. We had a client that when
this occurred used his cell phone to video what was occurring. It showed the pick up trucks
passenger throwing an Arrowhead bottled water container at our client. Our client placed the
video online and thousands viewed it.

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Bicycle Traffic Deaths Soar

Bicycle Fatality On October 28th, 2014, The Los Angeles Times reported findings released by theGovernor’s Highway Safety Association which concluded that between the years 2000 to 2012, bicyclists’ fatalities in the U.S. increased by 16%. In 2012, 338 cyclists were killed, with California having the most cycling fatalities of any state. Cycling-related fatalities in California also rose by 23 percent in 2012.  Nationally, bicyclists’ deaths increased from 621 in 2010 to 722 in 2012. Bicyclists’ deaths accounted for 2% of all deaths involving motor vehicles; while in California, they accounted for more than 4%. Of those, adults 20 years and older comprised 84% of all fatalities. Adult males made up 74% of cycling fatalities in 2012. The most common, contributing factors to bicycle-related deaths, are alcohol and failure to wear a helmet.  In fact, two-thirds of cyclists killed in 2012 were not wearing helmets. Worse, 28% of cycling fatalities involved riders with a blood alcohol level of .08% or higher. The report concluded that roads being built for automobiles have little safety concerns on behalf of bicyclists. The report stated the obvious: bicyclists should have some sort of separation between themselves and automobiles.  The report also recommended continued construction of dedicated bike lanes, bicycle boulevards and bike-friendly intersections. The Bicycle Accident Attorneys of Nadrich & Cohen, LLP have over 50 years combined experience representing injured cyclists throughout California. We have 19 offices from San Diego to Santa Rosa, with a location near you. If you or a loved one were hurt while cycling, call us now at 1-800-722-0765, or contact us using the form on this page.