Many of us have heard drivers exclaim that a bicycle rider “came out of nowhere,” causing a bicycle collision. However, in most cases, the bicycle rider was always there—the motorist just failed to see them.
While you can’t necessarily prevent getting into an accident caused by a negligent, distracted, or reckless driver, you can do everything in your power to enhance your own safety on two wheels. Here are some tips you can implement whenever you hop on your bicycle.
Wear Bright Colors
As a rider, you should also dress to be seen. Remember that neutral colors can make you blend into your surroundings, while bright colors can make you easier to spot for drivers. Avoid wearing colors such as sky blue, black, brown, gray, or forest green. Instead, you should opt for colors like orange, hot pink, lime green, and neon yellow.
Use Reflective Tape and Stickers
As a bicycle rider, reflectors are your friends! Reflective tape and stickers are a cheap and effective way that you can help drivers spot you, especially when it’s dark out because they can reflect light. Some places that you can put reflectors include:
- Your clothing
- Your helmet
- Seat post
Install Lights on Your Bike
Lights are a crucial part of your safety on a bicycle and they are also required for certain situations in the state. When riding at night, California Vehicle Code § 21201(d) requires you to equip your bicycle with:
- A lamp emitting a white light that is visible from a distance of 300 feet
- A red reflector or a solid or flashing red light with a built-in reflector on the rear that is visible from 500 feet to the rear
- A white or yellow reflector on each pedal, shoe, or ankle visible from a distance of 200 feet
- A white or yellow reflector on each side of the front of the bicycle, and a white or red reflector on each side to the rear of the center of the bicycle
Ride in Groups
A group of multiple bicycle riders is typically easier to spot than a singular bicyclist. We know that this is not always possible or practical to ride in groups; for instance, you may use your bike to get to work or travel around town for errands. For leisure or physical activity purposes, however, you could join a bicycle group or ask a few friends to join you for a ride.
With all that said, just because riders are more difficult to spot does not mean negligent motorists can get a pass when they fail to remain vigilant behind the wheel. If you are injured while on your bicycle and need assistance pursuing compensation, turn to our firm for tenacious legal advocates in your corner.
When you become a client at Gill Law Group, PC, you matter to us as a person—not just as a file number. While no law firm can guarantee results, you have our word that we will do everything in our power to help you heal the right way.
Contact our Irvine bicycle accident attorneys at (949) 681-9952 to get started with a free, no-obligation case review!