There is a chance that those who ride their bikes on roads or sidewalks in California could be involved in an accident. However, there are ways that they can minimize their chances of getting hurt while riding. For instance, riders should wear bright clothing or use artificial lights if they are out during the early morning or late evening hours. It is also important to wear a helmet and to follow local and state traffic laws.

Cyclists are encouraged to use hand signals before changing lanes or making turns, and bicyclists should ride in straight lines as opposed to weaving in and out of traffic. Individuals who are on their bikes should scan ahead for potential hazards such as potholes, gravel or other debris. If multiple people are riding in a group, they are encouraged to ride in a line and to stay to the right side of their designated lane.

Motorists must generally allow someone on a bicycle to take control of a lane when there isn’t enough room to share it. Drivers should not attempt to go around a cyclist unless there is a designated passing lane. As a general rule, those who are driving a car must treat bicyclists the same that they would treat a slow moving vehicle.

Individuals who are hurt in a bike or car accident may be entitled to compensation for current and future medical bills related to their injuries. A personal injury attorney may be able to negotiate a favorable settlement outside of court or represent a person’s interests at trial. Legal counsel may use witness statements, photos or videos to show that a person was hurt because of another person’s negligence. Injured victims generally have two years from the time of an accident to file a lawsuit.