For a bicyclist or pedestrian, even a relatively minor, low-speed accident can be deadly. Being aware and sharing the road makes everyone safer.
Phoenix, AZ (Vocus/PRWEB) March 20, 2011
Arizona has long been a car-friendly culture and therefore many Arizona motorists do not have much experience sharing the road with pedestrians and bicyclists. However, with gasoline now costing close to four dollars per gallon, more people in Arizona are taking up these alternate forms of transportation, particularly in large cities such as Phoenix, Tempe, and Tucson. Arizona motorists need to learn how to share the road in order to avoid accidents with pedestrians and bicyclists.
The law firm of Solomon & Relihan has represented victims of auto accidents for over 35 years. In this time, many of Solomon & Relihan's clients have been pedestrians and bicyclists and their families. Pedestrians and bicyclists are at great risk because of their lack of protection and the fact that motorists frequently do not know how to properly share the road. They are at a much higher risk to suffer severe injuries and even death in accidents.
To avoid accidents with bicyclists and pedestrians, motorists should follow these tips:
-Be aware of your surroundings. Frequently look in your peripheral vision, not just in front of you.
-Respect bicyclists' right of way. When a bicycle lane is not present, bicyclists are supposed to travel in the right hand lane. They have as much right to be there as automobiles do.
-Look before turning. When turning, especially when making a right turn on red, check the crosswalk to make sure it is clear before turning.
-Check before you open your door. Many bicyclists are injured when they are struck by doors opening from cars parked on the street.
-Pay attention to traffic and weather conditions. Adjust your speed when it is raining or snowing and be aware that your visibility is lower.
-Always use your turn signal. Even if there are no other vehicles around, use your turn signal to notify any pedestrians or bicyclists that you may have not seen.
For a bicyclist or pedestrian, even a relatively minor, low-speed accident can be deadly. Motorists should recognize this and take extra precaution to avoid accidents with pedestrians and cyclists. Being aware and sharing the road makes everyone safer.
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