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UCI students hit while riding their bicycles to school

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James E. Ballidis
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Many students attending University of California at Irvine cycle to the school campus.  Irvine is a progressive city, with bike lanes specifically designed for bicyclist.  However, in close proximity to the university is also a metropolitan work area, an airport, and recently added housing.
Additionally, the road way surfaces are neat, clean, and wide, but they also foster high speed travel designed to keep traffic at a minimum.
The combination of these two factors provides the opportunity for accidents between cyclists and motorists.  
While most students now recognize the need to defense while riding their bicycle, take these following additional precautions.
1.  Wear a reflective jacket or shirt.  A driver is more likely to notice you if you are wearing something that is bright in color.
2.  Wear a helmet.  It's absolutely necessary in the event that you're involved in an accident.  A helmet will save your life, but more importantly, it will save you from a life of serious brain injury and disability, which can be worse than death.
3.  Make sure that you abide by the laws for riding your cycle, using bike lanes whenever possible, and avoiding streets where cars are parked along the roadway surface.
4.  Make sure you take the time to appropriately signal with your hand your intent to move out of the bicycle lane, around traffic, or turn left.  Auto drivers are approaching quickly.  They need to be able to anticipate and understand what you are doing before they arrive upon you.
5.  If you're involved in an accident, make sure you get the information of the auto driver, even if you think the accident might be your fault, or you think you might not be hurt.  Sometimes our office gets calls from people who have been involved in an accident, but did not think they were hurt.  They got up after the accident, declared they were okay, then went on their way without exchanging information, only to find out later that they had more significant injury.  
Cycling is a terrific way to get to and from school and work.  Until our society formulates safer traffic patterns, be cautious and be safe. Call us if you need legal help.  Your call is always free.  Call 1 888 752-7474 or contact us through our web site.

Category: Bicycle Accidents

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