Using a bicycle for transportation is an increasingly popular way for people to get around. In addition to being a healthy choice, it is also good for the environment. However, when cities do not provide bicycles their own lanes on the road, it greatly increases the likelihood of accidents. While many people share the road with bicycles responsibly, some drivers can be careless or reckless, and this can cause collisions between cars and bicyclists. To help keep both bicyclists and drivers safe, the city of Lubbock is implementing more bike lanes.
Although the city is creating more bike lanes, drivers will still need to exercise caution around bicyclists and learn to share the road with them. It is important for drivers to remember bicyclists are at an extreme risk for serious and life threatening injuries when they collide with cars because they offer no protection to the bicyclist.
To help share the road with bicyclists, follow these safety guidelines:
- Never park in a bike lane. Even if you will only be gone for a few minutes, it is never okay to park in a bike lane. Bicyclists will have to go around your parked car, putting them into regular traffic lanes, which can be dangerous.
- Always check for bicyclists before turning. Some of the most common accidents between cars and bicyclists occur when bicyclists are traveling straight and cars are trying to turn.
- If you’re parked on a street, don’t open the door of your car before looking for bicyclists. When a driver opens a car door in front of a bicyclist, the cyclist might not have enough time to stop, causing them to collide with the car door.
- Always give bicyclists space. Because bicycles are so lightweight, the rush of air caused by speeding past bicyclists can actually cause them to lose control of their bicycles.
Lubbock Bicycle Accident Lawyers
An increasing number of bicycle lanes in Lubbock will help decrease the number of accidents. However, bicycle lanes can’t completely eradicate accidents. If you have been in a bicycle accident, the Lubbock bicycle accident lawyers at Liggett Law Group can help. Call us today for a free consultation to discuss your case.