The weather is warming up and that means we’re going to start seeing more bicyclists, motorcyclists, and pedestrians on the road. It’s a great time to remind everyone in our Omaha and Norfolk communities that we have a responsibility to keep each other safe. Our attorneys have seen the terrible aftermath of motor vehicle accidents and want to offer some simple tips to help prevent future crashes.
Tips for Drivers
The first step toward becoming a more conscientious driver is realizing that motorcyclists and bicyclists have the same rights as you. The next step is realizing they face unique safety issues such as being smaller, less noticeable, and more exposed.
Sharing the road means looking around before making a left-hand turn at an intersection or backing out of your driveway. It also means being aware that motorcyclists may downshift and weave to avoid hazards, and they may break faster than you anticipate.
Remember that pedestrians also have rights on the road. Stay vigilant around intersections and be prepared to yield to pedestrians who are crossing the street. Be careful when backing up in parking lots.
Tips for Motorcyclists, Bicyclists, and Pedestrians
Remember that as a bicyclist or motorcyclist, you must obey street signs, signals, and road markings just like any other driver. Move with the flow of traffic while behaving defensively and predictably. Don’t text, eat, or do anything that takes your attention off the road.
Pedestrians must also follow the rules of the road. Remember that signs and signals are there to keep you safe. Use crosswalks and sidewalks whenever they are available. Always remain alert and never assume that a driver sees you.
Get the Help You Need After an Accident
Safety is a shared responsibility. If you were injured in a crash caused by someone else’s negligence, you may be entitled to compensation. Our attorneys understand the challenges you’re facing and are committed to helping you achieve a successful outcome in your case.
Call 402-371-4300 today to speak with our experienced and compassionate lawyers. We proudly serve Omaha, Norfolk, Lincoln, and other areas of Nebraska.