Walking and cycling are healthy, economical and environmentally friendly means of transport. In today’s populated cities, drivers, cyclists and pedestrians have to share the roads – and everyone is responsible for safety. While drivers enjoy the safety they have in the vehicles they occupy, bicyclists and pedestrians are virtually unprotected and subject to risks of serious injury in the event of an accident. For their own protection, it is vital that pedestrians and cyclists know how to navigate the roads they share with vehicles safely.

How cyclists can travel safely on shared paths

To protect themselves from an accident, bicyclists need to get noticed as much as possible. They must refrain from wearing dark clothing at night and use lights and reflectors on their bicycles as required by law. They should be alert and vigilant to drivers who simply don’t see them, or those who are breaking traffic laws. They should refrain from wearing headphones to hear oncoming vehicles. The use of helmets is required by law for cyclists under 18 years of age and their use is extremely important for cyclists of any age. When not wearing a helmet, a fall from the bicycle, no matter how simple, can cause brain injuries, which can change your life or cause fatal consequences.

How pedestrians can travel safely on shared roads

Pedestrians are completely unprotected and are extremely vulnerable to personal injury in vehicle accidents. The American Automobile Association (AAA) offers a list of pedestrian safety tips:

  • Pay attention. Be alert and prestart attention to the vehicles that circulate around you. Don’t be distracted by texting or talking on the phone while crossing the street.
  • Get noticed. Be sure to get noticed by drivers. Cross the street only in a well-lit area where drivers can see you. Wear reflective clothing or carry a flashlight.
  • Follow traffic laws. Know and comply with traffic laws. Cross at intersections and marked areas as long as possible. Do not cross in the middle of the road or between parked cars.
  • Avoid dangerous intersections. Do not expose yourself to dangerous situations. Be aware of potentially dangerous intersections and avoid them as much as possible.

Pedestrians and bicyclists are more vulnerable to injury in accidents than vehicle occupants. However, using common sense and following safety precautions, damage can be greatly reduced.

If you were injured in an accident, contact our bicycle accident attorneys for a free consultation.

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