The state of California made it on the list of top 20 most bike-friendly states. The problem is, as the Detroit Free Press and other news outlets reported, most only focus on the top 10 states, so we've still got a ways to go.
Every day there are millions of people who safely ride bicycles for their main form of transportation, and so can you! Just make sure you're ready to commit to safety.
Our Costa Mesa bicycle accident lawyers understand that safety on the road depends on five essential bicycling skills, and it's these skills that can significantly reduce your risk of an accident. These five skills build upon one another, starting with the most basic skill that offers the most protection. Each skill is the foundation for the next. You can think about them as each a "layer" of protection - with each skill you master, you can add another protective layer, say officials with Bike Safe California.
So what are these skills?
5.) Protection: This is what we're talking about when we're asking you to always wear a helmet out there. In California, anyone under the age of 18 must wear a helmet when riding a bicycle on a street, bikeway or public bicycle path or trail. But we're still asking all bicycle riders to make sure they've got a helmet strapped on during every bike ride.
4.) Responsiveness: You always want to be on the lookout for dangers, and be ready to react. Make sure that you know how to stop your bike, or how to turn it quickly when someone else makes a hazardous mistake.
3.) Positioning: Make sure that you're as visible as possible out there. Always use bike lanes when possible. Be on the lookout for parked cars and opening doors. On roads that don't have bike lanes available, make sure you ride with the flow of traffic, on the rightmost lane and as far to the side as possible.
2.) Cooperation: Make sure you know the rules of the road and you know what you're doing out there. This will help to avoid accidents. Know that you have the same responsibilities as drivers. Follow all traffic signs, lights and markings. You want others to do it -- lead by example and bike safely and responsibly.
1.) Handling: Know how to handle your bike properly. You don't want to fall or slam into someone else. Know how to use your bike's safety features. You can't ride safely if you don't know what you're doing.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), there were more than 110 bicyclists killed in the state of California in 2011. During the year, we were ranked the second most dangerous state in the country for these kinds of traffic fatalities, only behind the state of Florida. These fatalities accounted for more than 4 percent of all traffic fatalities recorded throughout the year.
If your or a loved one has been injured in an accident, contact HOWARD LAW P.C. to schedule a free and confidential consultation to discuss your case. Call (800) 872-5925 today!
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