Bicycle accident deaths are up approximately 14 percent since 2003. Bicycle safety is paramount and all riders should wear helmets to protect from brain injuries. While Washington state law does not require bicyclists to wear a helmet, many cities in Western Washington require helmets. King County has a helmet law which includes Seattle and Bellevue.
In addition to wearing a helmet, here are some bicycle safety tips:
- Be visible — use lights at night, wear visible clothing and ride in the street.
- Be predictable — don’t make sudden maneuvers or attempt to dart in and out of traffic. Use your arm signals to let motorists know what you are doing.
- Ride on the road, not on sidewalks. Riding on the road especially decreases your chances of being hit at an intersection as you are more visible. On narrow roads, it is ok for the bicyclist to take the lane.
- Install safety equipment like a rear-view mirror and flashing reflector lights.
- Obey traffic laws.
- Choose your route wisely.
This information is provided by Washington Injury Attorney blog, a service of The Farber Law Group. We represent people who have been seriously injured in bicycle accidents and the family of those killed.