Summer is a peak time for bicycling, particularly in Yuma and the surrounding area. Unfortunately, the roads also pose many dangers for cyclists. From inattentive drivers to poorly maintained roads, the threat of a serious accident is all too common. It is crucial for cyclists and drivers alike to take precautions that can minimize the harm inflicted on riders.
The key safety components
These are some of the key safety measures necessary to reduce and prevent bike accidents:
- Stay off electronic devices while cycling and driving
- Never cycle or drive under the influence of drugs or alcohol
- Obey all traffic signals and road signs
- Use extra caution between the hours of 6 p.m. and 9 p.m., when bike accidents are most common
- Never go faster than the speed limit
- Look carefully when making left turns at an intersection Drive and ride predictably
Failure to adhere to these guidelines can wreak devastation on innocent people. And remember – even the most experienced of cyclists can suffer an injury due to a bike accident, so proper safety gear such as a helmet is crucial.
Drivers have a duty to protect cyclists
Many people do not give cyclists the benefit of the doubt when it comes to accidents. Even fellow bike afficionados can have a way of shifting the responsibility for safety onto the rider. However, motorists also have a responsibility to keep the roadways safe. Careless driving has led to thousands of crashes involving bicycles. The damage is almost always greater for the cyclist since they do not have the protection of a steel cage.
Whether you plan to take to Yuma’s roads on a bike or in a car, you must do your part to keep everyone on the road with you as safe as possible.