Vast expanses and amazing scenery are among the reasons New Mexico is popular for bicyclists. However, riding along rural routes can be as hazardous as it is in towns and cities. At Sanders Law Firm, we often represent clients injured while on their bike.
Drivers of passenger vehicles often do not notice bicyclists, which makes it imperative that you always pay attention to the cars and trucks around you. According to BicycleSafe, getting hit from the right side is the most common collision, and there are two possible types: Either you cross the street in front of the car, and it hits you, or the vehicle pulls out in front of you and crash into it. Avoid this type of collision by taking the following steps:
Ride on the left side of the bike lane. This puts you in line with other types of traffic, which is where drivers typically look. They are more likely to see you, which prevents a collision.
Use a headlight when riding at night and a bright white light with a flashing mode during the day. Headlamps mounted on your head/helmet are best because you can look directly at the driver. This brings attention to your presence and helps motorists see you easier.
If you feel that a nearby driver has not seen you and making eye contact is not possible, wave your arm, or use a horn to ensure they know you are there. Slow down until the vehicle passes. It is inconvenient, but it also allows you to stop quickly if they cut you off.
Colliding with a motor vehicle can cause significant bodily damage, which may require surgery, physical therapy, and recovery time. If you sustained injuries in a collision with a car due to an inattentive driver, you might have grounds for a claim. Visit our webpage for more information on this topic.