Tips for Avoiding Bike Accidents in Long Island
Long Island roadways are the deadliest in the New York metropolitan area for bike riders, according to a recent Newsday analysis. From Old Country Road and Sunrise Highway to smaller roads like Granny Road in Farmingville-where three people were killed in two crashes since 2005-it is important for cyclists to use caution, common sense and follow basic safety rules. Further, if an accident does occur it is important for the injured party to seek medical attention and then consult with a Long Island bike accident lawyer.
Safety Tips for Bike Riding
1.) Always ride on the right side of the street, with traffic.
2.) Watch out for opening car doors. Driving a little to the left of parked cars will keep you safer from doors opening into you and will also make you more visible to cars making right turns.
3.) When stopping at a red light, avoid the blind spot. Stay enough behind the car so that if he is turning he will see you.
4.) Be predictable–ride in a straight line, obey traffic signs and signals, and do not weave in and out of traffic.
5.) Look, signal and look again before changing lanes or making a turn. Establish eye contact with drivers.
6.) Make sure drivers can see you. Use reflectors, lights, and wear bright clothing at night.
7.) Use a bell or horn. Your bell alerts drivers, pedestrians and other cyclists to your presence, and it is required by law.
8.) Wear a helmet. Helmets are required by law for children age 14 or younger and are a good idea for all cyclists.
9.) Try to avoid busy streets, especially multilane roads like Hempstead Turnpike and Sunrise Highway.
Contacting An Attorney
No matter how safe and careful you are, sometimes accidents are simply unavoidable, especially when someone else disobeys laws or disregards safety. Were you or someone in your family injured in a bike accident? Whether it’s a careless motorist, a defective bicycle, or poor roadway construction, you may be entitled to compensation. Contact our lawyers for a completely free case evaluation. We’ll listen to your case, answer all your questions, let you know what you can expect, and work our hardest to get you the maximum compensation you deserve.