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Cyclists: Remember these safety tips

People are starting to pull their bikes out of storage for the summer, and it's no coincidence that May is National Bicycle Safety Month. As such, both the Office of Traffic Safety and the California Highway Patrol have been reminding people in this state to be a little extra cautious out there on the roads.

Everyone should remember the following safety tips:

  • If you're on a bike, wear a helmet. Technically, you're only required to have one if you're under 18 years of age, but it's really a good idea to use one no matter how old you may be. If you have an accident, that helmet is the only thing between your head and some very hard concrete.
  • Stay on the right side of the road. Cyclists are expected to obey traffic rules, just like those in vehicles. Keep to the right, obey stop signs and traffic lights and use appropriate signals when you're making turns.
  • Stay alert. If you're on a bike, keep at least one ear free from your headphones so that you can stay alert to traffic conditions. If you're in a passenger vehicle, make sure that you're scanning the road for bikes and looking over your shoulder before you turn.
  • Don't open a car door into the road without looking -- especially if there's a bike lane. Abruptly opening a car door into a cyclist's path can cause a serious, debilitating accident.
  • Avoid distractions. Distracted driving is a national problem, and you can be distracted by everything from your morning coffee to your own wandering thoughts. Stay focused on the road.

A bicycle wreck can upend your entire life and lead to significant financial losses for your entire family. If you are in a wreck, find out how you can claim fair compensation for your injuries.

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