The city is beginning to reopen again after stay at home orders were put into place to protect the public from coronavirus. While people were sheltering in place in New York City, the number of cars on the road dropped dramatically. Bicycle riding has become the transportation method of choice as it is a safe, social distancing friendly way of getting around. The number of bicycles on the road has gone up during the pandemic. While the roads are now fairly empty and safe, there is still the potential for serious bicycle accidents. There are some steps drivers should take to keep everyone safe.
Stay Aware of Your Surroundings
While there are fewer cars on the road, drivers may be laxer and pay less attention to what is going on around them. This situation can prove deadly when a collision between a car and a bicycle occurs. A bicycle should be treated like any other vehicle. Driver inattention can lead to serious injury, typically for the cyclist. Remember that cyclists are not as easy to see as another vehicle.
Bicyclists are in a Vulnerable Position
Without the protection and safety features that a driver or a passenger in a car has, bicyclists are particularly vulnerable to injury. Drivers sometimes tend to look down on bicyclists with disdain and as a nuisance on the road. However, bicyclists have just as much of a right to use the road as cars do. Drivers should be considerate of bicyclists and keep their safety in mind.
Check Twice Before Passing
While there are hundreds of miles of bike lanes throughout New York City, it is not always possible for bicyclists to avoid riding in the road. Because they are slower, cars are likely to pass them. When doing so, it is important to reduce your speed and give the bicyclist a wide berth. Check for their position before coming back into your lane.
Contact an Accident Attorney
If you’ve been injured in a pedestrian or bicycle accident, you should consult with an experienced accident attorney. At Bonina & Bonina, P.C., we have been helping injured New Yorkers for over 50 years. Contact us online or call us at 1-888-MEDLAW1 to schedule your free consultation. Home and hospital visits are available. Se habla español.