As a cyclist, you are uniquely vulnerable on the road. You don’t have the benefit of a metal frame around you and airbags to protect you in a crash. You are sharing the road with much larger vehicles, and the consequences of being hit by one can be devastating.
As a cyclist, you are vulnerable. That’s why it’s so important to assume that you’re invisible when cycling. By assuming that drivers can’t see you, you’ll be more likely to take precautions to keep you safe. Here are some tips for staying safe on the roads as a cyclist.
Be seen and be safe
Louisiana has several laws regarding cyclists and motorists sharing the road. A person driving a vehicle needs to take care and make sure there is a safe distance of at least three feet between themselves and the cyclist heading in the same direction until the vehicle operator is safely past.
As a cyclist, it is up to you to ensure that the motorist sees you. Therefore, keep the following tips in mind:
- Always ride in the same direction as the traffic, never against it.
- Wear bright colors or (even better) reflective clothing.
- Attach a blinking rear light to your seat post or helmet.
- Use hand signals when turning or stopping.
- Add rearview mirrors to your handlebars for a better view of oncoming traffic.
- Always assume a car is behind you.
Make sure to always ride with caution and be aware of your surroundings. If you are hit by a vehicle while riding your bike, remember to stay calm, contact the police, and seek immediate medical attention. If your injuries are serious, make sure that you find out more about your right to compensation for your losses.
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