How to Avoid Bicycle Accidents in New Jersey
Collisions between motor vehicles and bicycles cause the majority of fatalities that occur in bicycle accidents. Courtesy of the New Jersey Department of Transportation (NJDOT), driveway entrances and intersections are the most common locations where serious bicycle accidents happen. What can you do as a bicyclist in New Jersey to lessen your chances of becoming injured or even killed in a bicycle accident?
Bicycle accident avoidance can best be remembered and explained by using an acronym — SIPDA. SIPDA simply refers to what bicyclists should always do to analyze the traffic dangers surrounding them. The Princeton, New Jersey bicyclist injury attorneys at Lependorf & Silverstein and the New Jersey Department of Transportation offer the following advice to keep you safer on your bike:
- Scan – Make sure to turn your head from side to side and use your mirror to scan the rear as you determine riding conditions and traffic around you. Be sure to scan far enough ahead to spot vehicles that may not see you and pull out in front of you.
- Identify – As you scan, identify potentially dangerous traffic conditions. Also, identify branches of trees, parked automobiles, obstacles that might affect the path your bike is traveling.
- Predict – Anticipate what could happen, just as any defensive driver would do. Always assume you may not be seen.
- Decide – When planning your route to your destination or your route for the purpose of recreation, select the safest, not the fastest, route.
- Act – Act upon your determination of the safest way to approach a riding situation.
The state of New Jersey requires all cyclists to obey the same rules of the road that motorists must obey.
At the firm of Lependorf & Silverstein, our New Jersey bicycle accident attorneys want you to stay safe as you enjoy riding your bike. However, if you or someone you love has been injured in a bicycle accident that was the fault of a careless or negligent motorist, please click here to contact us online or call us at (609) 240-0040 for a free case evaluation.
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