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Road Awareness Can Greatly Decrease The Likelihood of a Bicycle Accident in California

Sep 11, 2008
With nearly 800 serious bicycle accidents every year in California, it's important to learn and practice defensive biking habits so you can stay safe while biking on state roads.

In California, the front of the bike is the initial point of impact for nearly 90% of all bicycle accidents. While some accidents are simply unavoidable, others could be evaded by increasing your road awareness and practicing defensive bicycling.

Here are five bike safety tips you can apply to prevent a bicycle accident next time you ride in California:

1. Avoid Busy Streets: Instead of using the same routes you used when you were driving, you should find different roads that are more suited for biking. While you're allowed to ride on any road in California, it's not always safe to do so. By riding on less busy roads and through quiet neighborhoods, you'll be able to cross the major streets to get where you need to go instead of riding on them for an extended period of time.

2. Yield to the Right of Way: Failure to yield to the right of way is the cause of many fatal bike accidents in California. As a bicyclist, even though you have a better ability to maneuver through traffic, you don't have any additional right to the road than that of a vehicle.

3. Yield to Everything Else: A good rule of thumb to use while biking is to ride as though you are invisible; meaning, act as though motorists can't see you. While you don't want to be invisible (you actually want to be seen as much as possible), you want to ride safely so a driver with poor observation skills won't hit you.

4. Use Safety Gear: Don't settle for the minimum when it comes to protecting your life. While a helmet and standard lighting may seem like enough, there's much more you could do to make yourself visible while biking in California. Consider purchasing bright LED lights, reflective clothing, and a headlamp for your helmet.

5. Use Your Lane Wisely: On busy roads in California, you should always do your best to stay close to the shoulder to avoid being dangerously passed by tight margins. However, on more open roads or when there are parked vehicles on the side, you should take up a bit more of the lane so you can be more visible to drivers and avoid hitting the doors of cars that are parked on the right side in case they swing open.

Every bicyclist should improve their road awareness to avoid bike accidents in California. By using these five safety tips, you'll lessen the possibility of being in a serious accident.
About the Author
John Bisnar is a partner at Personal Injury Law Firm Bisnar Chase. The Bisnar Chase law firm has dedicated their practice to victims of serious injury due to negligence and malpractice.

Visit the main website at http://www.Accidentinjuryattorneyscalifornia.com or call 888-265-0161
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