All across California, the number of accidents involving pedestrians and bicyclists has been on the rise in the past several years. In addition, the number of fatalities has also increased drastically. As a driver or cyclist in San Francisco, you should be aware of these dangers and do everything in your power to increase your safety on the road.
Distracted drivers and pedestrians are responsible for causing over 50 percent of all accident. Here are the things that you should do to increase your safety.
Obey The Traffic Laws
Whether you are a pedestrian or a bicyclist, you should obey the traffic laws. This means crossing the street on crosswalks only, paying attention to traffic lights, and walking/cycling in the allowed lane.
As a pedestrian, you should never enter the street and try to cross it as you please. Also, if you are distracted with your phone, the chances of getting involved in an accident increase by 50 percent. It is your job to pay attention to your surroundings and keep an eye on the drivers around you.
As a bicyclist, you should ride in your lane and be aware of a passing vehicle. Note that any sudden movement or lane switching could cause you to get hit by a passing vehicle and potentially distracted driver. If that ever happens, call and consult with Bicycle Accident Attorneys in San Francisco ; schedule a free initial consultation and learn how you can file a claim against the negligent driver and obtain compensation for your:
- Medical bills
- Lost wages
- Bicycle repairs
- Pain and suffering
Do Not Drink and Walk/Ride
The worst thing you can do is walk home while drunk. While intoxicated, your body sends you mixed signals. You act as if you know everything, but in fact, you can barely stand or walk in a straight line. If you are leaving the bar at night, call a cab or try and catch one by the side of the road. Do not step on the road while trying to stop a cab as you may get hit by another passing vehicle.
If you had a beer or two and now have to return home on your bicycle, think twice before you start cycling. You could easily lose balance and fall from your bicycle and end up getting hit by a passing car or a cable car.
If you get hit by a vehicle, your best option is hiring an experienced attorney, someone like our Bike Accident Attorneys in San Francisco. Even if you caused the accident or were responsible for it, there could be a chance that the other driver was partially at fault. Our attorneys will help investigate and if there is a way to help you obtain compensation for any of your damages, our attorneys will help you secure and obtain it. Be sure to give us a call right after the accident (or once you recover from your injuries), and we will come to assist you and start working on your case right away.