Biking Safety

Vital Information from Our Salt Lake City Bicycle Accident Attorneys

The Salt Lake City bicycle accident lawyers of Eisenberg, Gilchrist & Cutt represent a number of bicycle accident victims each year throughout Utah. We would be glad if it were never necessary.

Having handled so many cases of preventable bike accidents, our firm is committed to educating cyclists and drivers about bicycle safety to help reduce the number of injuries and deaths. In fact, we have committed to begin donating a portion of our fees from every cycling accident case to support cycling organizations and their safety awareness efforts.

If you or a loved one have been hurt in a bicycle accident, our team is ready to help. Contact us today for a free case evaluation.

Tips for Avoiding a Bicycle Accident

Our attorneys work hard to hold drivers responsible for negligent driving that causes injury to cyclists. We also offer a number of defensive riding tips to help reduce the chances of being injured by a vehicle.

Bicyclists should be aware:

  • Always wear a helmet. This won’t prevent an accident, but it may save your life and spare you from brain injury in a collision or a spill.
  • Make your kids wear a helmet. Be the boss—no helmet, no bike.
  • Stop at stop signs. Yes, it’s a pain, but an accident hurts worse.
  • Use hand signals. Even if drivers don’t know what the gestures mean, they will slow down and pay attention to what you do next.
  • Avoid biking at night. If you must cycle after dark, get a headlight, a blinking backlight and reflectors, and wear reflective clothing.
  • Don’t be lulled into a false sense of safety by designated bike lanes. You must remain alert to drivers who may crowd the lane, cut you off or open the door of their parked car.
  • Don’t ride on the sidewalk. At an intersection, a turning driver won’t see you coming.
  • Stay out of blind spots and danger zones. Riding off the right front fender of a car is one of the most dangerous places to ride. If the driver turns right, you’re on the hood or under the wheels.
  • Make drivers see you. If you don’t make eye contact, the driver probably does not realize you are there. Wave a hand, shout, tap the side of the car or slow down if necessary. You may have the right of way, but the car wins in a collision.
  • Make drivers hear you. A horn or bell is the most effective way to say “Hey, I’m here” or “Hey, look out!”
  • Make drivers account for you. It seems counterintuitive, but riding in the left part of the lane ensures that approaching drivers spot you, keep an eye on you and leave you space, whereas they may not notice you until too late if you are hugging the curb.
  • Go out of your way. A side street with slower speeds, less traffic, fewer parked cars, and fewer driver distractions is less dangerous than the main drag.

For more tips on safety and defensive biking, see How Not to Get Hit By Cars at www.bicyclesafe.com. If you have been hurt, call us at (801) 901-3470 now.

Testimonials

  • Eisenberg, Gilchrist and Cutt was invaluable in helping us through a difficult time. Our son was involved in a horrible accident and we weren't sure if he would survive. We were dealing with doctors, medical bills, and overwhelming emotions on how we would help our son recover. They answered every question we had and explained the entire process. They went above and beyond for our son and truly ...

    - Kali

  • Jacquelynn handled our case extremely well, she knew what needed to be done to get over an unfair problem with the insurance company and get the case moving and to a reasonable settlement. She had the knowledge of what needed to be done.

    - Yolanda

  • Ms. Carmichael and her team are professional, efficient, and courteous. Resources were expended in a thoughtful manner. Explanations were provided quickly and respectfully when needed. Should the situation arise, I will recommend Jacquelynn Carmichael to both friends and family

    - Former Client

  • We hired Eric for a personal injury case for my son. We were very pleased and satisfied with the level of commitment Eric showed to us and especially our son. He was aggressive to get answers and made us feel as ease with such a hard time in our lives. We felt confident in his ability from the moment we meet him and he did not disappoint. We feel he was very fair.

    - Brett

  • I would recommend Eric Olson to anyone. He was very professional and strived to educate me in making the best decisions when I had no idea how to decide what to do. He is very knowledgeable about his particular field of law and used that in my best defense. I am very pleased with the job that he did for me.

    - Lauren

  • I was in an auto accident three years ago. The first auto accident I have ever been in, but the other driver was ticketed. This lead to slow and obvious pain that grew worse. Doctors, surgery, shots, emotional trauma from not being able to physically do things I used to. That being said I want it known that Eric Olsen was so right for the lawyer to handle this case for me. I originally hired a ...

    - Jenann

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