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Warmer weather means more people outside. This can also mean more people to watch for on the roads as bicycle riders come out after a long winter and start enjoying the road alongside cars. While there are many great reasons to ride a bike, there are also many dangers on the road, even in bicycle-friendly locations.
This is why bicycle accident attorneys like the ones at Wilson Kehoe Winingham exist, but it’s also why National Bicycle Safety Awareness Month exists.
During the month of May, the League of American Bicyclists encourages everyone to give biking a try if they haven’t yet and works to increase the awareness of cyclist safety on the roads. Since 1956, this month has aimed to help cyclists stay safe and encourage motorists to pay more attention to the road and the people they share it with.
With more awareness comes greater safety to cyclists in communities around the country, which, as bicycle accident lawyers, we think is a noble goal.
For motorists, getting involved in bicycle safety can be as simple as strapping on a helmet and getting out there. Being in the position of a cyclist, even for a day, can help give you a fresh perspective on who you’re driving alongside. You can take this perspective with you the next time you get behind the wheel.
If you’re interested in activism, getting involved in events like the National Bike Challenge, or something closer to home like Bicycle Indiana, could be options. You can not only challenge yourself, but encourage your friends, family, and colleagues to ride bicycles more often for their health, the environment, or their wallets. You can also get involved in advocating for cyclist safety, driver education, and even public policy that affects cyclists. Any increase in awareness, however small, could save a life.
Even if you don’t ride a bike, you should be aware of bicycle safety. Bicycles count as vehicles while they’re on the road, so make sure that you’re respecting their rights and safety. Make sure that you’re focused from the moment you get behind the wheel of your own vehicle: you should be ready for anything, and even a few fleeting moments can cause an accident.
Check your blind spots and mirrors before you make any moves, because it’s possible to miss seeing a cyclist. Give them plenty of space, the right of way, and your patience and attention. They deserve and are entitled to it all, and you could prevent an injury or even a death.
An accident can happen to anyone at any time, so it’s important to keep bicycle safety in mind for more than just this month. If the worst happens and you or someone you love is in a bicycle accident, the bicycle accident attorneys at WKW can help. We can offer you a free, no-obligation consultation on the options you have in your case. For more information, call 317.920.6400 or contact us online.