We’ve written a lot about the dramatic rise in the number of children walking to school who are hit by drivers in September each year.
Children riding their bikes to school are also at a higher risk of injury in September and for the same reason. They are traveling in congested areas during peak traffic at a time when drivers have not adjusted to having them back on the roads.
So what is a driver to do?
8 Tips To Make Your Trip And Their Ride Safer
- Always, always slow down when you see a child on a bicycle. Young riders tend to have erratic riding patterns and are not always aware of a car’s presence.
- Children often do not know traffic laws.
- Never increase your speed to pass a cyclist.
- Never blow your horn at a child or adult cyclist. Such an action can startle the rider and lead to their losing control of their bike.
- Cyclists often face obstacles on the road that they need to change direction to avoid. Try to be aware of the these hazards and adjust accordingly by slowing your speed and giving the cyclist more room.
- All cyclists must be given three (3) feet of room between their bikes and your car. It’s the law in Connecticut.
- In school zones – always travel slowly and be alert for young cyclists who may suddenly dart out from between parked cars.
- Always give cyclists adequate time to cross an intersection.
If you or your child are ever injured while riding a bicycle on Connecticut roads, call a qualified Connecticut personal injury lawyer. A knowledgeable Connecticut personal injury lawyer can help to ensure that your rights are protected.
The lawyers at RisCassi & Davis have handled numerous cycling accident cases over our nearly 60 years serving the people of Connecticut. And we have received both state and national recognition for our work in this area.
We have a great team dedicated to cycling cases. Please contact us if we can help you. The consultation is free and there is no obligation of any kind. And – there is no fee or other costs unless we are successful on your behalf.