Riding your bicycle on the open road is a fun and exciting way to travel through the city of Charleston. The area has taken specific actions to make bike riding safer, particularly for bicyclists sharing the road with other drivers. Although efforts have been made by the city to protect bicyclists, it is still important to learn more about the safety and preventative measures in Charleston bicycle accidents. Schedule a consultation today for more insight.
Precautions Bicyclists Could Take to Avoid an Accident
Just as motorists have a responsibility to operate their vehicles in a safe and responsible manner, bicyclists are also responsible for being aware of other drivers and themselves. For example, in a situation where they have the right of way but another driver is clearly not respecting their right of way, they should give up their right and allow the driver to proceed first. If they do not, they run the risk of being struck by the driver.
In general, bicyclists should have situational awareness. If the weather conditions are adverse, it may not be a good idea to ride their bike. In addition, if there is heavy traffic, it may be wise to wait until traffic dies down.
Where Should a Bicyclist Position Themselves on the Roadway?
Bikes have just as much right to be on-road as anybody else, and the car traveling alongside them is supposed to take appropriate due care to recognize them and not cause a situation that would lead to an accident. However, bicyclists should still try their best to keep as far to the side of the road as possible in the event there is not a bike lane. If there is a bike lane, they should feel entitled to use the bike lane whenever possible. Although taking these measures does not eliminate the risk of being struck by a vehicle, the risk decreases nevertheless.
Should Bicyclists Use Their Hands When Making a Turn?
Bicyclists typically do not have any type of blinkers or devices that indicate to other people on the road what their next action will be. As a result, bicyclists should improvise and use their arms as turning signals. When a bicyclist uses their hands to indicate a turn or lane switch, everyone else on their road is likely to understand your next move and may allow you to safely proceed forward. In addition, bicyclists could also rely on their words if their hand signals are for some reason ineffective. This method may bode well for drivers who are seemingly inattentive.
Speak with an Attorney to Learn More
To learn more about the safety and preventative measures in Charleston, reach out to a skilled attorney today. An attorney could speak with you about the outcome of certain cases and how the bicyclist could have taken certain actions to avoid becoming the victim of a bike injury accident. To begin discussing your questions with an attorney, schedule a consultation today.