Lets talk briefly about California intersections and risks to bicyclists. Busy California Intersections pose a special risk to avid cyclists for many reasons. Car drivers often underestimate the speed of a bike rider as it is sometimes hard to determine speed of bike while driving your car; cars often don’t expect bikes to be on the road so car drivers aren’t always watching for bikes, or pedestrians for that matter; and even if cars are on the lookout for bikes, they sometimes just don’t see them because bikes are smaller and can blend into the background (due to the biker’s clothing, the sun, and other factors). There are some interesting statistics regarding reflection from sun on metal on either the car or the bike itself; sun or light reflections can cause problems especially if the sun is overhead or rising or setting. California sunshine can make this problem even more dangerous!
California cyclists should keep this in mind and take extra precautions to avoid bicycle accidents at intersections by actively and proactively doing the following suggestions:
1. Increase the visibility of the bike and cyclist (with front and rear lamps, reflective clothing, and brightly colored clothing). Anything to help in this regard will be beneficial.
2. Being on the lookout — a legal requirement for bikes and cars alike riding defensively, learning to execute emergency maneuvers to avoid collisions. Do not assume the car drivers will be taking responsibility all the time.
Mark C. Blane is a San Diego Bicycle Accident Attorney, and the managing lawyer of the Law Offices of Mark C. Blane, a San Diego, California Pedestrian Injury Law Firm devoted to representing families of injured persons of automobile accidents. If you or someone you love, has been injured or killed in San Diego County, or Southern California, due to the negligence of another, please order your FREE copy of Mr. Blane's book, The 10 Secrets You Need To Know About Your Injury Case, BEFORE You Call A Lawyer. It is full of helpful information, insights, and secrets that will help you protect your legal rights. It normally sells for $16.95; however, it is free to all California residents, or those injured in a California accident.