Look Before Opening the Door
Dooring a bicyclist, or opening your door into an oncoming cyclist, can fling the biker from his or her vehicle and cause personal injuries. It is your responsibility to check to ensure the road is clear before opening car doors. Look twice to make sure no oncoming bicyclists are in the bike lane or the roadway before opening your driver-side door. Do not leave any doors of your vehicle open longer than is necessary to load or unload passengers.
Check Blind Spots
Many fatal bicycle accidents occur at intersections when drivers fail to adequately check their blind spots and turn onto oncoming cyclists. Right-hand turns are especially dangerous for bicyclists, who must lawfully stay as far to the right side of the road as possible. Always check your blind spots before making a right turn, even if you do not remember passing a bicycle prior to the turn. A cyclist may have recently rolled up, or you may have passed without notice.
When making a left-hand turn, do not miscalculate the distance of an oncoming cyclist. Underestimating distance or speed could result in a vehicle turning in front of a bicycle, without leaving the cyclist enough room to stop or maneuver away. Left-hand turn accidents can be fatal for bicyclists, who may collide head-on with vehicles. Follow all roadway rules in Kansas City and pay attention to the road to protect bicyclists.
Have You or a Loved One Been Injured in a Kansas City, Missouri Car Accident?
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