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Personal safety and injury prevention are essential ingredients to a healthy lifestyle.

Although bicycles are convenient, energy-efficient modes of transportation, they are subject to many safety hazards. Unlike an automobile, bicycles offer virtually no protection to their rider, increasing the chance that the cyclist can be seriously injured as a result of an accident.

We all need to know how to reduce safety risks at home, school and in our community.

Did you know that May 17 is Bike to Work Day? Why not join others in your community in trading four wheels for two as you head to the office or school? Since May is considered National Bike Month, you have the opportunity to think about ways to stay safe on the road.

Here are some tips to keep you, as a bicyclist or vehicle driver safe:

  • Bicyclists:
    • Ride as far to the right as practicable - in the direction of traffic
    • Stay at least 3 feet away from parked cars
    • Don't hug the pavement edge where loose gravel and debris might cause you to swerve into traffic
    • Always check over your shoulder
    • Always signal your intentions
    • Yield to pedestrians in crosswalks
  • Drivers:
    • Look for bicycles when opening car door or turning right
    • Slow down when passing a cyclist
    • Always signal your turns
    • Bicyclists may need extra room to move left when approaching road hazards

Many accidents occur because motorists and bicyclists fail to give each other enough space on shared roads. So, what can you do if you've been hurt in a bicycle accident because of the negligence of another?

Contact the San Bernardino Personal Injury attorneys of Peach & Weathers who can help you recover compensation for your bills, lost income, and pain and suffering.

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