People across the country are remaining home as a result of COVID-19. This has led to an increased number of people riding their bikes and taking walks around their neighborhood. Given the increase in bicyclists and pedestrians, it has become more important than ever to be aware of safety issues. Here are some helpful tips that can keep you safe:
Be Aware of Your Surroundings
Given the decrease in the number of cars on the road, some bicyclists and pedestrians take it for granted that they can have unlimited use of the road. However, especially as parts of the country start to open up, there are cars on the road, and it is important to be aware of them. While drivers have a duty to give bicyclists and pedestrians the right of way, not all of them do, so it is important to stay safe. Avoid cycling or walking in the middle of the street. Look before you cross the street and be aware of turning cars. Also, look for hazards such as potholes, broken glass, puddles, and unleashed dogs.
Wear Brightly Colored Clothing
To make yourself more visible to vehicles on the road, you should wear brightly colored clothing or clothing with reflectors. Remember that just because you can see a vehicle, it does not mean that the driver can see you.
Bicyclists Should Wear Helmets
A properly fitted helmet can reduce your risk of injury by up to 85%. Check the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) website for information on how to find a properly fitted helmet.
Obey Traffic Laws
Bicyclists are required to stop at stoplights and stop signs. They should also always ride with the flow of traffic. Pedestrians should obey signals and should always cross at crosswalks or intersections. Remember that just because you have the right of way doesn’t mean that a driver will respect that.
Contact a Florida Accident Attorney
If you are a pedestrian or bicyclist who has been injured in an accident, you should consult with a Florida accident attorney. Gregg Goldfarb has been helping accident victims for over 20 years. Contact us online or call us at 305-374-7000 to schedule a free consultation.