Bicycle Safety A Big Spring Issue for Wilmington Motorists
Spring and summer means more people on their bicycles throughout Blue Point, Carolina Place, Forest Cove, Forest Hills and the rest of the Wilmington area. A personal injury lawyer knows that more bicycle riders on the road means that there is a greater risk of bicycle accidents and injuries occurring among riders. Drivers, bicycle riders, and others on the road need to ensure they are making smart and safe choices to try to keep riders safe.
Bicycle Accident Risks For Wilmington Riders
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration conducted a nationwide telephone survey in 2012 in order to get a better understanding of people's knowledge about, and attitude towards, walking and bicycle riding. A total of 7,509 people completed the survey, including both landline and cell phone users. The data revealed that:
- More than 1/5 of people age 16 and older had ridden a bicycle over the course of the past year. Among the people who ride bicycles, 51 percent said that they use bicycle at least once per week during the summer.
- A total of 33 percent of people riding bicycles did so for recreation, while 28 percent rode for exercise.
- A total of 62 percent of people who had ridden bicycles said they had ridden the bike alone.
- A total of 12 percent of bicyclists said that they felt their personal safety was threatened while biking. Of those who felt threatened, 83 percent said it was other motorists who made them feel concerned, usually as a result of driving too close or too fast.
This is a lot of people nationwide who regularly ride their bicycles during the summer months, and far too many are made to feel afraid as a result of drivers who do dangerous things. To try to draw attention to bicycle riders at the time when they need it most, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has declared that May is National Bike Safety Month.
Safety tips for riders and drivers to remember during National Bike Safety Month, and every day, include the following:
- Bike riders should wear a helmet that meets the standards of the Consumer Product Safety Commission.
- Bike riders should do a check on all equipment on their bike before starting a ride. They should also take steps to make themselves, and their bicycles, visible like wearing brightly colored clothing or using reflective lights.
- Bike riders need to travel with traffic and obey all of the rules of the road.
- Drivers must ensure that they have respect for bicycles lanes and leave at least three feet of clearance between their vehicles and a bicycle rider while passing.
- Drivers should look for cyclists before they open a car door or before the leave a parking spot.
- Drivers should check for bicycle riders before turning.
Both bikers and drivers have a responsibility to follow these safety tips not just during National Bike Safety Month, but all the time. As the weather gets warmer and more people take to the roads for their summer riders, now is the perfect time to think about bike safety.
Help is available for accidents victims in Wilmington, NC. Contact the Law Offices of Richard Flexner at 800-FLEXNER or visit http://www.getflexner.com to schedule a free consultation. Serving Blue Point, Carolina Place, Forest Cove, Forest Hills and the rest of the Wilmington area.