Earlier this month, the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) announced that May has been selected to be National Bike Safety Month. Joined by the American Automobile Association (AAA) and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), the DOT launched a new campaign to remind both parents as well as caregivers that they should set good examples for kids and teens when it comes to bike safety. Also, the “Roll Model” campaign provides adults with the chance to improve their own bicycle safety habits. The DOT reports that the average age of a biker killed in an accident is 41 years of age.
One of the major focuses of the campaign is the importance of wearing a properly fitting bike helmet to help reduce the chance of an injury occurring if an Oregon bike crash happens. Since kids look to their parents as well as other adults for direction, the campaign also encourages adults to wear a helmet in addition to observing the rules of the road every time they ride a bike to encourage kids to follow their example. In addition, the campaign reminds bikers that they have to follow the same traffic laws as motorists, like signaling their intentions to turn and obeying stop signs.
Additionally, the campaign reminds not only bikers but all adults that they need to share the road with bicyclists and treat them with respect when behind the wheel. Only when it is safe to do so should a driver pass a biker, being careful to leave at least three feet or more between the biker and their vehicle. Motorists should also avoid using cell phones when driving, as they are distracted and increase the chance of not being aware a bicyclist is nearby, which may result in a serious crash.
The Portland bicycle accident lawyers at Shulman DuBois LLC understand the burdens a serious bike crash can place upon an injured victim and their family. If you are facing mounting medical expenses while you take time off work to recover from your injuries suffered in a bike accident caused by a negligent motorist, please call 503-486-3557. We can help you obtain the compensation you need and deserve.