The National Highway Safety Administration has seven rules for bicycle safety:
- Wear a properly fitted helmet. While there is no state law in Washington requiring you to wear a helmet, many counties including Snohomish, Pierce and King Counties require them.
- Assure your bicycle is in good working order — make sure brakes work, handlebars won’t slip, cranks are tightened and the quick release hub bolt closed.
- Follow traffic laws — bicyclists must follow the rules of the road the same as drivers of motor vehicles. Washington State law provides that bicyclists have the same rights and responsibilities as motorists.
- Ride like a driver — bicyclists should ride with the flow of traffic and on the right hand side of the road.
- Get noticed — Wear clothing that makes you visible and make sure you have reflective accessories, and lights.
- Ride focused and stay alert – keep focused on the road, don’t ride distracted and don’t ride with head phones or while talking on a cell phone.
- Ride safely — stay in the bike lane if one is available. Be predictable and don’t run red lights or stop signs.
This information is provided by Washignton Injury Attorney blog, a service of The Farber Law Group. We represent people who have been seriously injured in bicycle accidents and motor vehicle accidents and the family of those killed.