Recently, the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) announced that the month of May will be designated as National Bike Safety Month. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and the American Automobile Association (AAA), are launching a new “Roll Model” campaign to remind parents and caregivers they need to be a positive example to children and teens to ride bicycles safely. The campaign also offers adults the opportunity to improve their own safety habits. According to the DOT, the average age of a bicyclist killed in a bike accident is 41.
One of the main pillars of the campaign is the importance of wearing a bicycle helmet that fits properly to help decrease the chance of an injury in the event of an accident. Since children look to their parents and other adults for guidance, the campaign aims for parents to wear a helmet as well as observe the rules of the road each time they ride a bicycle to encourage children to follow their lead. The campaign also reminds bicyclists that they must follow the same traffic laws as motorized vehicles, such as obeying stop signs and traffic lights and signaling turn intentions.
The “Roll Model” campaign also reminds adults that they should share the road with and treat bicyclists with respect when driving. Motorists should patiently wait and only pass a bicyclist when it is safe to do so, being sure to leave at least three feet between their vehicle and the bicyclist. Distractions such as cell phones should be avoided when driving, as using them greatly increases the chance of not seeing nearby bicyclists and may result in a serious injury or fatal bike crash in Philadelphia and across the U.S.
At Anapol Weiss, our Pennsylvania bicycle accident attorneys are all too familiar with the difficulties a serious bike crash can cause an injured victim and their family. If you are facing expensive medical bills and lost wages while you recover from injuries that you believe were caused by a negligent motorist, call our highly trained and experienced lawyers. We can help you understand the legal options available to you as well as advise you on the best course of action for your specific situation. Call 1-866-735-2792.