In the city of San Luis Obispo, it is not unusual to see bicyclists sharing the streets with vehicles. Sharing the road safely is the responsibility of everyone. While many bicyclists keep their eyes open for vehicles, many vehicle drivers forget to keep an eye out for cyclists. Here are tips for sharing the road safely.

Bicyclists should first and foremost protect themselves. This includes using the proper safety gear. A helmet, padding and proper lighting can all help prevent accidents and protect the rider in the case of a collision. Bicyclists should do their best to ensure that they are highly visible, especially if they will be riding during times of low light or decreased visibility.

Vehicle drivers should focus on the road and avoid common distractions like cell phone use. Drivers should carefully approach intersections and turn their heads when changing lanes instead of solely relying on mirrors. Drivers are urged to look out of their side window before they open their vehicle’s door to ensure that they will not be striking a cyclist.

Due to the nature of bicycle versus vehicle accidents, catastrophic injuries can occur. It is important that everyone on the road looks out for one another. When a bicyclist is injured in an accident due to a driver’s negligence, that bicyclist has the legal right to seek remedy for medical bills, pain and suffering, lost wages and more. Any victim should consult an experienced attorney to determine their rights under current state law.