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You’re driving on your way to work and see a bicyclist. What do you do? How do you keep the bicyclist safe and yourself away from harm? Here are some tips to keep you as a driver – and cyclists – safe out on the road:

  • Don’t drive distracted. Statistics show that if you text while driving a car, you’re 23 times more likely to crash. Before you realize it, you could veer out of the lane and hit a bicyclist.
  • Check your blind spot before turning right. If a bicyclist travels straight and you turn, you could cause an accident. Most accidents between bikes and cars occur this way.
  • Pass slowly and give the bicyclist space. Keep at least three feet of space between you and the bike—more if possible.
  • Look before you exit your car. Look out your window and check to see if a bike is coming. Don’t “door” a bicyclist as you open your door and exit your car.
  • Understand bicyclists’ vulnerability. Be mindful. Cars can weigh thousands of pounds, whereas a bike can weigh around 20 pounds.

Stay patient and alert when driving. If you or a loved one is ever injured in an accident, don’t hesitate to call The Coppola Firm. We’re here to help.

Lisa Coppola

Written by Lisa Coppola

Founder of The Coppola Firm

Lisa A. Coppola, Esq. understands the challenges her clients face, whether they’re starting a new business, taking their existing operations in a new direction, or facing a claim or threat.

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