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Be safe while cycling

As the weather warms up, some people are preparing to get back out on their bikes. Creating a safe environment for all commuters requires a certain level of vigilance.

Unfortunately, some drivers may be negligent and can cause auto accidents, which can be traumatic for cyclists. To avoid this, there are a few things cyclists should keep in mind.

Watch for open doors

Though it may look funny on television, being "doored" is not as fun in person. Though one might hope that those opening their doors along street parking would look before doing so, some people simply do not. Therefore, it is important that cyclists be vigilant and watch out for those entering and exiting their vehicles along the street. To help limit the chances of getting hit, it might be beneficial for cyclists to exercise their right to ride in the middle of the traffic lane.

Be mindful near driveways

Another area where drivers might be a bit absentminded is exiting their driveways. In some cases, drivers may be watching but can miss cyclists if they are in a blind spot. In any case, if there are quite a few driveways in one area, riding in the street may be the safest option. However, just one car backing out is enough to cause severe damage, so cyclists should be extremely cautious at any driveway.

Know evasion tactics

The safe passing bike law clearly states that drivers must create an appropriate distance before passing bikers. However, the unfortunate truth is that some drivers underestimate this distance or simply do not adhere to the law. Also, some drivers turning from the opposite direction may overestimate the distance of a cyclist. In such situations, knowing evasive tactics, such as turning or breaking quickly, may be necessary.

These are just a few tips to help increase safety while cycling. If a negligent driver hits you or a loved one, speak with a knowledgeable attorney to determine the best choice for recourse.

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