A fast growing trend among thousands of Americans is riding a bike for a morning exercise, to run an errand or head down to work. This is simply more fun than taking a public transport. However, when riding a bike, one should blend into the flow of the traffic and should never zigzag along roads, go from street to sidewalk or weave between parked cars. Bicyclists should never make their own road rules, otherwise, in the event of an accident, they may lose their right from receiving compensation as the accident would be due to their own acts of negligence and irresponsibility.
Some expert bikers have shared useful information on how riding a bike can be a safe activity. According to them:
The safest way to ride a bike is by being part of the traffic and not by riding on the right edge of the road, very close to the gravel shoulder, as this may be covered with sand or other debris that can cause you to fall;
One should ride on the right side of the street, at least three to four feet from the gravel shoulder. Along this path, other drivers, even pedestrians, will easily see you. Traffic is also slower at the right side of the road, so this will be a safer path, than at the left, where vehicles run faster;
One should ride at least three feet away from cars parked at the side of the street. This is will keep you safe from car doors suddenly being opened or from cars starting and trying to merge back into the flow of traffic;
When riding downhill and your bike begins to run as fast as cars, ride in line with them. Pull a bit to the right, when you begin to fall behind. When passing a car, however, make sure that you pass on its left side; a driver normally expects to be passed on its left side; and,
At a red light or at stop signs, stop behind the car that is already stopped awaiting the green light. Never stop at its right side (especially if it’s a truck instead of a car) as it may crush you if it makes a right turn.
According to the law firm Pohl & Berk, LLP, reckless drivers pose a constant threat to the safety of cyclists, especially those who run red lights or stop signs, fail to check blind spots, swerve into the bicycle lane, fail to yield the right-of-way to pedestrians and those who speed through areas of heavy foot traffic.
There are many precautions bikers should observe when riding, especially at night. However, there is no safer and smoother way ever to ride than by observing traffic safety rules and riding with the flow of traffic. Riding this way is also a guarantee that, if ever an accident occurs, your personal injury lawyer will be able to fight for your rights and earn for you the maximum compensation that the law allows, since you will clearly be without fault in the accident that occurred.