Bicycle and pedestrian safety tips to help you avoid accidents

Some motorists do not know the right-of-way rules regarding pedestrians and bicyclists, so you may need to exercise care when near motor vehicles.

Roadways across Connecticut are known for being dangerous to both pedestrians and cyclists. They simply were not designed to handle anything other than motor vehicle traffic. Attempts to share the road can be dangerous, so here are some easy steps that you can take to prevent the chances that an accident will occur.

For pedestrians, it is extremely important to cross only in designated crossing areas. Motorists may expect to actually see pedestrians at intersections. Often, these locations have traffic controls that will allow pedestrians to cross safely. If you attempt to cross at a location that is unmarked, drivers may not see you, and this could directly lead to you being injured in an accident. You should wear bright or reflective clothing, especially if you are walking at night, so that motorists traveling near you will know exactly where you are located.

Bicyclists need to make sure they follow traffic rules when riding on roadways. Other drivers will expect you to stop at stoplights or stop signs before continuing. If you do not stop, it is possible that the other vehicles will collide with you while going through the intersection.

Additionally, pay close attention to the actions of motorists when cycling. Many drivers do not know who has the right of way in specific situations. They may even think that cars have a priority over cyclists, and force you to stop and wait for them to complete their turns or lane changes.

What you should do if injured in a bicycle or pedestrian accident

The first thing you need to do after your accident is to seek medical treatment. You need to know the exact nature of your injuries so that you can begin to receive the care you need to return to health as quickly as possible. This is also extremely important for any future claims for compensation that you may have, as this will help you demonstrate that the injuries were a direct result of the accident in question. If you fail to seek treatment, it is possible that the opposing party's insurance companies may be able to successfully defend against your allegations.

After seeking treatment, you should immediately reach out to an experienced personal injury attorney to begin preparing your claims. Your attorney will be able to represent your interests in negotiations with the other side, and help you recover the compensation you deserve. Insurance companies know exactly what your claim is worth, and they will do everything they can to avoid paying these amounts. Your attorney will ensure that these companies do not take advantage of you at this time.