Cycling is a great way to go around the city while saving gas, saving the environment, and getting exercise. Despite all of the benefits of cycling, city riding can be scary, especially if you’re new to it.
If you’re planning to start using your bicycle to go around the city more or even use it to go to work, here are some of the potential hazards that you will encounter.
It can be challenging to spot opening car doors while riding your bicycle. Drivers tend to look if other cars are approaching before opening their car door. They don’t usually check and look if there are cyclists. Bikes vary in size and shape, making it difficult for drivers to recognize them.
Some drivers are also not careful if they parked next to a bike lane rather than the roadway.
Cyclists, scooters, pedestrians
Some pedestrians walk on the bike lane can be a threat. Even beginners who rent bicycles and electric scooters may also present a danger. Pedestrians who are not aware of their surroundings or other bikers and scooter users who are unfamiliar with how to operate their vehicles can be a hazard.
There’s a case when a woman sued the electric scooter company. The mobile application led her to ride the scooter on the roadway instead of the sidewalk. The woman got into a severe accident while using the scooter.
The streets of Los Angeles are abundant with remnants of food, wrappers, and other beddings. Some of these litters may be large enough to block the path of the cyclists that can potentially cause the cyclists to fall off the bike.
In busy cities like Los Angeles, many drivers may be visiting the city and may not be aware of the traffic rules of the city. Aside from drivers from outside of town, new city riders are also not very familiar in following these directions. If drivers become distracted or confused, they may not be actively looking if there are cyclists on the way.
In Case of An Accident
Call the police at once to report an accident. It is also best to have yourself checked within the next 72 hours to see if there are injuries that you are not aware of. For legal assistance, contact a personal injury lawyer to help you with your claim.