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Ways to avoid a right cross collision between your bike and car

| Apr 9, 2018 | Bicycle Accidents |

Bicyclists are most at risk for being struck in what’s called a “right cross collision.” This type of accident most often occurs when a motorist pulls out from either a parking lot, driveway, or side street.

The driver either moves the car forward before looking and runs into you or they make a turn right in front of you and them slam on the brakes, causing you to crash into them. In either case, you’re likely to suffer some pretty significant injuries.

If you ride your bike at night, then equipping it with a headlight can go a long way toward making you more visible. Even if you do most of your riding during the day, having a headlight on can increase visibility of you much like driving with headlights always illuminated on your vehicle can.

You may also benefit from purchasing a headlamp to affix to your helmet or simply strapping one around your head if you bike without any protective covering.

Taking time to scan parking lots, driveways and side roads for motorists that will be approaching entrances or exits is also helpful. If you notice one coming, then you may want to significantly reduce your speed. If a driver pulls out in front of you, you’ll have a much better change of avoiding a collision.

Riding as far over in your lane to the left as possible can also prove to be effective in avoiding a crash if someone pulls out into the lane you’re riding in. Doing so will give the driver a higher chance of seeing you. If you sense that a crash is impending, it may give you an opportunity to speed up to get out of the motorist’s way or to roll onto the hood of the car if impact is imminent.

Another way to deter a crash, especially if you don’t think the other motorist sees you, is to simply wave, sound a horn or scream.

If you’ve been injured after having been struck by an unobservant motorist, then a Los Angeles bicycle accident attorney can advise you of your right to file an injury claim.

Source: BicycleSafe.com, “How to not get hit by cars: Important lessons in bicycle safety,” Michael Bluejay, accessed April 06, 2018


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