Californians Focus on Bicycle Safety as Fall Approaches

by Staff Blogger | September 22nd, 2014

Fall is quickly approaching and for many of California’s youth, this means returning to school. Large portions of today’s students choose bicycles as their source of transportation to and from campus, but this can present some serious safety hazards on the road.

These risks were highlighted by a California car accident involving a bicycle that happened in Berkeley over the weekend. Reports indicate the crash happened on Sunday, September 21, at the corner of Eunice and Spruce Streets. News sources state the cyclist suffered life-threatening injuries and was transported to a local hospital for treatment.

To help prevent similar accidents from occurring in the future, many citizens and organizations are focusing on educating the public on the importance of bicycle safety. In fact, GearUp Cycle For Youth held a bike ride in Sacramento that aims to raise funds for educational programs in Northern California—including those that teach children how to safely navigate traffic on a bicycle.

At Berg Injury Lawyers, we understand the serious risks riding a bike can pose, which is why we would like to offer a few safety tips to those in the Bay area who pedal. You can avoid serious injuries—such as a brain injury—by wearing a helmet each time you ride. Doing so decreases the chance of death or bodily harm by as much as 60 percent. It’s also important to obey all traffic signals and make motorists aware of stops and turns by using hand signals.