Traffic is Lighter, But Cyclists Still Need to Play it Safe
It’s hard to imagine anything positive about the coronavirus pandemic, but if there is a silver lining, it’s probably that more people are dusting off their bicycles and going out for a ride on their bike.
Californians are cooped up at home after Gov. Gavin Newsom ordered residents to shelter in place and others are quarantined, but despite fear of spreading the COVID-19 virus there are plenty of people getting some fresh air on a ride. One up side is it’s fairly easy to maintain a 6-foot distance from other cyclists and people.
While it is good to get some exercise and fresh air, the threat of spreading coronavirus is real. Currently there are 4,533 confirmed cases of the virus in the Golden State with 93 deaths as of March 27th. Overall there are nearly 84,000 cases in the United States and roughly 1,200 deaths.
Another positive side to cycling, traffic is lighter than normal right now. However, remember there are still the same risks as usual when you share the road with motorists. Obey the rules of the road, wear a helmet and always ride in the same direction as traffic.
Indeed, riding on the wrong side of the roadway and violating the right-of-way on a bicycle are the top causes of bicycle-involved crashes, according to the CHP’s Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System.
Preliminary CHP data indicates that between 2014 and 2018, 772 bicyclists were killed and more than 59,000 were injured in California collisions.
If you follow the rules of the road and stay off busy highways or roadways, you’ll most likely have a fun bike ride and get back safely.
Johnson Attorneys Group is a California personal injury law firm that has been helping clients recover financial losses due to negligent motorists for more than a decade. If you should have legal questions, please contact us.
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