It is not hard to understand why more and more people are beginning to ride bikes. It’s great exercise, it’s great for the environment, it’s affordable, and it’s simply a lot of fun. While there are many upsides to this upswing in bike riders, there are a few negatives. Namely, bike accidents are on the rise.
Not only are the number of bike accidents on the rise, but the number of fatal bike accidents is rising too. The good news is that bike enthusiasts are taking real steps to make the roads safer for bikes. Keep reading to find out what some of the answers may be. If you have been in a bike accident or lost a loved one in a bike accident, then we encourage you to reach out to The Law Offices of Larry H. Parker at 602-340-0030 for a free legal consultation.
Some bike enthusiasts believe that bike lights are the answer
People who work with bikes on a regular basis say that one simple change could make a big difference: Bikers using their bike lights both day and night. As of the writing of this blog, there are few statewide laws regarding bike riders but Phoenix law requires the following:
- Every rider must have a seat
- A white headlight and red reflector are required if riding after sunset or before sunrise
- Every bike must have at least one brake
- At least one hand must be on the handlebars at all times
- No more than two bikes can ride side by side
These laws are a step in the right direction, say most bike safety experts, but requiring helmets could make a big impact, as could requiring bike lights not just at night but during the daytime too.
Why require bike lights: Simple – they increase visibility
When you look at the statistics, most bike accidents occur in the morning hours. It is not a stretch to assume that drivers and bicyclists alike may be tired and not yet alert. They may be less likely to see hazards on the road. If bike lights are used and the driver can more easily see the bike rider, then it could have a real impact.
The fact that bikes are softer, quieter, and lighter than cars means that it will always be up to bike riders to take steps to protect themselves from cars. These daytime bike lights seem to be one part of the puzzle. Nothing is going to reduce accidents to zero. If you are involved in a bike accident then you need an experienced attorney. You have found that in The Law Offices of Larry H. Parker. Call our offices now at 602-340-0030 for a free legal consultation.