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Stay Safe When Riding Your Bike in the City

With nicer weather just around the corner, you may be tempted to enjoy a morning bike ride or use your bicycle as a primary source of transportation. If this is the case, it is important to consider your surroundings at all times, especially in a busy city like Washington, DC. With such a heavy traffic flow and many large vehicles on the road, bicycle accidents can occur at any moment.

To help you remain safe while riding your bicycle through the city, consider the tips listed below:

1. Wear Bright Clothing

No matter what time of day you choose to ride, it’s important to wear bright, noticeable attire. Drivers of passenger vehicles and buses will be better able to see you if your clothing is bright. If you ride your bicycle at night, you may want to consider adding reflective gear to your bright attire so drivers can see you in the dark.

2. Ride in a Single-File Line

Although many bike lanes are wide enough to fit two or three bikes, it is much safer to ride in a single-file line. Bicyclists who ride side by side create a wider area, which increases the risk for accidents because other vehicles will be closer to at least one cyclist in the lane.

3. Use Hand Signals

It is important to use hand signals to tell other divers when and which direction you’re turning. This will let other drivers know which area you plan to ride in and it will remind motorists you have just as much right to be on the road.

4. Stay out of Blind Spots

While you cannot always stay out of drivers’ blind spots, you can avoid riding in those areas for long periods of time. This can help keep you safe because a driver will be able to see where you are if you remain in an open and noticeable area. This is especially important when riding next to large vehicles, such as buses, that make frequent stops near curbs.

5. Keep an Eye Out for Drivers’ Turn Signals

Because most bike lanes are located on the furthest right hand side of the street, many passenger vehicles need to cross into bike lanes to make a right turn. For this reason, it is important to keep any eye out for other drivers’ turn signals.

Simeone & Miller, LLP Provides Aggressive Representation for Bicycle Accident Victims in Washington, DC

If you have been harmed in a bike accident, it is important to seek legal advocacy right away. At Simeone & Miller, LLP, our Washington, DC bicycle accident lawyers understand how stressful and difficult life can become after you’ve been injured. When you become our client, we will take the time to understand your situation and formulate a strategy to help you recover maximum financial compensation.

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