In the last few months, more and more Californians have turn to bicycle riding as a way to get outside, get some exercise and maintain social distancing. Also, many Los Angeles area workers like to commute to work by bike. But every time a bicyclist goes for a ride, they are in danger of being hit.

Not surprisingly, in an accident with a motorist, the bicyclist is usually the one either killed or severely injured. In fact, in 2018, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 857 bicyclists lost their lives in traffic accidents. Also, 75% of those deaths occurred in urban areas rather than in rural ones.

If you are new to bicycling in the Los Angeles area, you should follow these seven life-saving tips to avoid being in an accident:

  1. Wear a properly fitting helmet at all times.
  2. Wear bright, reflective clothing so motorists can see you. If you plan to ride in the evening, use a bike light as well.
  3. Ride with the flow of traffic (in the same direction as cars are traveling).
  4. Use bike lanes or sidewalks as much as possible.
  5. Watch for drivers backing out of driveways or coming out of alleyways before you cross them.
  6. Obey street signs, traffic signals and road markings, just as if you were driving a vehicle.
  7. Don’t text while riding or listen to loud music that will distract you from seeing or hearing traffic around you.

By following these tips, you are less likely to become involved in an accident with a driver. Thus, you lower your chances of becoming seriously injured while cycling.

If you do end up in an accident with a car, you will need to consult an experienced personal injury attorney. A personal injury attorney can help ensure you get proper compensation for your injuries and more.