In California, there are over 100 fatal cyclist accidents per year and over 10,000 injuries due to bicycle accidents. Often, these accidents may be due to distractions or lack of attention on behalf of the driver, there are ways that bicyclists can protect themselves. On a bike, you have many of the same rules and regulations as other drivers. The difference is that bicycles have to be more aware to risk serious accidents. The State of California Department of Motor Vehicles lists several tips to help bicyclists remain safe on California streets.
The first tip is to protect yourself on a bicycle. All cyclists under the age of 18 must wear a helmet on a public road. However, for those over 18, helmets can still provide protection from serious injuries. TBIs can be fatal and when they are not, they still have the potential to be life-altering.
In addition to helmets, you can protect yourself with appropriate gear for yourself and for your bicycle. Fit a front lamp to your bicycle. You have to have lights and reflectors according to the law. Your front light should illuminate 300 feet in front of you, while the reflector or flashing red light should keep you visible for up to 500 feet.
Your visibility is crucial to your safety. Often, accidents occur because drivers cannot see you. Stay in a safe position while sharing the road with other drivers and maintain control of your bike. The more control you have, the more likely you can avoid collisions with other drivers and obstacles that may be in your way.
The above information is not legal advice. It is for educational purposes only.