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NHTSA Offers Tips for Safer Summer Bicycling

Posted on behalf of Harbin & Burnett on Jul 29, 2014 in Auto Accidents

bicycle safetyOn July 25, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) decided to highlight the importance of safe summer bicycling in a public press release. According to the administration, during this time, many more children and adults ride their bicycles for fun, fitness and their transportation needs.

According to the South Carolina Traffic Collision Facts Book of 2009, the number of bicycle accidents peaked in July, August and September. According to the NHTSA, most bicyclist fatalities occurred between 4 p.m. and midnight. Additionally, one in four bicyclists who died in crashes had a blood alcohol concentration of .08 or higher.

The NHTSA offered the following tips for bicyclists:

  • Always wear a helmet; if riding at night, try to wear reflective or bright clothing
  • Ride focused and alert; avoid using electronic devices while riding and never ride under the influence of drugs or alcohol
  • Periodically check that your bike is in good condition, including your tires, brakes and handlebars
  • Always travel in the same direction as traffic
  • Obey traffic signs and signals; signal all your turns and obey local riding laws
  • Look ahead for potential traffic obstacles and similarly to driving, ride defensively and be prepared to handle emergency situations

.and drivers:

  • Obey the speed limit and watch for others, such as bicyclists nearby
  • Do not becoming distracted by a cellphone or other activity
  • Allow enough room when pass bicycle riders
  • Stop completely before making a right turn on red; check for bicyclists who may be coming up behind you

Despite Anderson being considered a bicycle-friendly city, a car vs. bicycle accident can happen in an instant. If you or someone you love has been injured in a bicycle accident, the accident injury attorneys at Harbin Law can help you obtain compensation for any damages you incurred.

Call us at 1(888)821-0247 or fill out the Free Case Evaluation form to schedule a free legal consultation.

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