Don’t Text and Drive

One of the most important ways drivers can help assure everyone’s safety is to pay attention to the road. Distracted driving is extremely dangerous and can have particularly serious consequences for cyclists. When drivers are not aware of a cyclist’s location on the road, they cannot keep a safe distance from the cyclist, and they may accidentally hit him or her. Texting while driving is a serious problem. The CDC estimates that distracted drivers kill more than 3,000 people every year and injure more than 400,000. Avoid the temptation to pick up your smartphone while you drive.

Pay Extra Attention at Intersections

According to the Missouri Department of Revenue, the majority of bicycle-involved collisions occur at intersections. When approaching intersections, drivers should take extra care to look for cyclists. Remember, cyclists have the same right-of-way as cars and should be allowed to proceed through intersections accordingly.

Check for Cyclists Before Opening Your Car Door

Opening a door into a passing bicycle can cause serious injury or even death to the rider. If a cyclist is passing at a high speed, he or she may not be able to stop in time to avoid running into your door. Take care to check for cyclists before you throw open your car door, especially when you are parked next to a bike lane or path.

What Can Cyclists Do to Ride More Safely?

While drivers are responsible for keeping roads safe for cyclists, there are several ways that cyclists can protect themselves and others. To allow enough space for other vehicles to pass, cyclists should always ride single file. Just as cars must use turn signals, cyclists should use hand signals to show other vehicles where they are going. Cyclists should also follow all traffic laws, taking extra care to obey traffic signals and other directions.

Robert Norfleet
Helping Kansas City area medical malpractice, car accident, wrongful death and personal injury clients.
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