With the summer season fast approaching and the mercury rising, Nebraskans are gearing up to enjoy the great outdoors. Bicycling is an exhilarating way to enjoy the beautiful scenery of the Cornhusker State, but bike riders face unique hazards that others on the open road do not. With this in mind, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and AAA are launching the “Be a ‘Roll’ Model” public awareness campaign, which focuses on bicycle safety.
The Roll Model campaign encourages parents, siblings, grandparents, and other caregivers to demonstrate safe bicycling habits for younger children every time they are going to hit the road on two wheels. Injuryboard.com offers these tips for Roll Models for safe bicycle travel:
- Drive focused and don’t be distracted while biking.
- Put safety first by wearing a helmet and appropriate safety gear.
- Ride prepared and always expect the unexpected.
- Bikers should remember the rules of the road and follow all traffic laws, such as obeying traffic signs and signals.
- Motorists need to be aware of bikers and should always be respectful of those who they’re sharing the road with.
The state of Nebraska recently passed an important piece of legislation to help make the roads safer for bicyclists and motorists. The law, known as the “3 foot passing law,” requires every vehicle to leave a clearance of three feet between their vehicle and any bicycle or electric assistive mobility device when passing. Laws can certainly help keep everyone safe on the road, but it is always the responsibility of everyone on the road to drive alert, focused, and safely to prevent a dangerous NE traffic accident.
Being a cautious and careful bike rider can help you avoid a collision, but the negligence of another party may still cause a dangerous crash. The personal injury lawyers in Nebraska of the law firm of Cullan & Cullan are dedicated to protecting the rights of accident victims and helping those injured by another person’s carelessness obtain compensation to aid in his or her recovery. For a no-cost consultation on your accident claim, call (402) 397-7600.