Safety guidelines to prevent a bicycle accident Drive your bike responsibly. Unfortunately, bicycle accidents are all too common. Whether you use your bicycle as a form of exercise, as a leisure activity, or as your main form of transportation, bicyclists are at high risk with very little protection. Riding on narrow bike lanes as motorists zip by at high rates of speed, riders on light-weight bicycles stand little chance against 2,500 lb. vehicles. Here are some safety tips to lessen the likelihood of becoming a bicycle accident victim: Obey traffic signs and signals – Bicycles must follow the rules of the road like other vehicles. Never ride against traffic – Motorists are not looking for bicyclists riding on the wrong side of the road. State law requires that bicyclists drive like other vehicles. Follow lane markings – Don’t turn left from the right lane. Don’t go straight in a lane marked “right turn only.” Don’t pass on the right – Motorists may not look to see a bicycle passing on the right. Scan the road behind you – Learn to look back over your shoulder without losing balance or swerving…or employ a rear-view mirror. Use lights and reflectors at night – The law requires a white headlight (visible from at least 500 feet) and a rear reflector or taillight (visible from 300 feet). Wear a safety helmet – don’t listen to music with ear buds. Know and use hand signals to turn, change lanes and brake. – Practice Areas – Motorcycle Accidents Learn More Pedestrian Accidents Learn More Wrongful Death Learn more Auto Accidents Learn More Bicycle Accidents Learn More – Testimonials – “You can’t go wrong with Frank Marsalisi!” Frank was referred to me by a former client of his after my accident with nothing but great reviews, both professionally and personally. From day one there was a level of comfortability and trust built based on what would be in my best interest moving forward. Never once did Frank make my case about what was in it for him but about healing my injuries in order to move on as normal as possible with my life. – Karlie “One of a kind lawyer …brilliance!” Frank has exceptional auto accident liability law abilities and he is also very well-versed in state auto insurance laws. One of the things I like about Frank is that he never tried to sugar coat anything for me. If we were headed for trouble, he would let me know what the trouble was and what our options were. I always appreciated his honesty. This is trait that I do not find in many of today’s lawyers but Frank has performed integrity well beyond his means. – Ms. C. M. Fraser Read More Testimonials on Avvo Areas we serve: Pinellas County, Hillsborough County, Polk County, Pasco County, Manatee County.