A recent fatal accident in Colorado Spring involving a bicyclist and car reminds us all of the importance of bicycle safety, particularly if you are traveling at night. This accident happened just before one in the morning. The cyclist tried to cross the road in a no-crossing zone. He was dressed in dark clothing and did not have any reflective gear nor was he wearing a helmet. Unfortunately, the driver of the vehicle did not see the man in time to stop. Although the driver of the vehicle is expected to be alright, the cyclist unfortunately died from the injuries suffered in the collision.
At Heuser & Heuser, LLP, our Colorado Springs personal injury lawyers want to help you avoid suffering a similar accident should you ever need to ride your bike at night. Here are four things you should do anytime you are riding your bicycle at night.
First, wear clothing which makes it easy to see you. Bright colors are helpful, but even better are things like a reflective vest, reflective armbands, and other reflective clothing. If nothing else, consider put reflective tape on your clothing or having something glow-in-the-dark attached to yourself. Your bike should also be properly equipped for nighttime riding. Reflectors or lights make it easier for drivers and others to see you. Those who choose to walk or run in the dark should also make sure others are able to see them by investing in reflective gear.
Second, wear a helmet and other needed protective gear. Of course, this is important at all times when riding your bike, but it is especially important to make sure you are wearing your helmet at night. It can even be equipped with reflective tape, making it easier for others to see you.
Third, be aware of your surroundings. Know if there is a car coming your way. See the car before it comes upon you. Also understand that just because you see the car does not mean the driver sees you, especially if you are not wearing the proper reflective gear.
Finally, only cross the road at a safe time and place. Use well-lit crosswalks whenever possible. Even if you have to ride your bike an extra half a block or so, it is worth it to cross in a well-lit area. Also, make sure it is safe to use the crosswalk. If a vehicle is coming, do not assume the person will give you the right-of-way. It is better to be a safe cyclist than to get to your destination a few seconds faster. This is also important advice for those who run or walk in the dark.
Of course, being a cautious night cyclist does not always guarantee you will be safe. If you were a cautious bike rider, but you were still hit by a vehicle and injured while riding your bicycle, we encourage you to contact us. We will help fight for compensation for your injuries.