Created by Bisnar-Chase Personal Injury Attorneys, LLP
The relationship between cyclists and drivers on American roads has received a 6.2 out of 10 rating from cyclists, according to a survey by personal injury attorneys Bisnar Chase. Despite the increasing popularity of cycling, cyclists still face several challenges, such as inadequate infrastructure, safety concerns, and cultural attitudes toward cycling.
In the survey, over 1 in 10 drivers admitted to never checking behind them before opening their doors, 28% of drivers acknowledged getting angry with a cyclist on the road, while 52% of cyclists admitted to experiencing road rage.
However, the survey also found that 75% of drivers empathize with cyclists’ frustrations, such as being overtaken too closely, while 81% of cyclists understand drivers’ frustrations on the road.
To prevent accidents, cyclists are advised to ride defensively and make themselves visible by wearing bright clothing, installing reflectors on their bikes, and using lights.
Bisnar Chase provided tips for cyclists and motorists to coexist peacefully on the roads, such as practicing mutual respect, being aware of blind spots, using hand signals, maintaining a safe distance, avoiding distractions, and exercising patience.
If involved in a bicycle accident, it’s necessary to establish negligence to hold the responsible party accountable and receive compensation.