According to a report published by the San Francisco County Transportation Authority (SFCTA) in San Francisco alone, there are more than 450,000 registered vehicles. With over 7 million people in the Bay Area, many of whom walk or bike to work, the need for drivers, pedestrians and bikers to share the roads safely is clear. As part of National Safety Month, Bay Area Accident Attorney, Edward Casey Jr., shares his tips on sharing the roads safely.
Self driving cars may soon be on the horizon, but until then, drivers, it’s your responsibility to safely share the roads. With increasing traffic (San Francisco commuters spent 75 hours sitting in traffic last year, according to traffic monitoring group INRIX) it’s now more important than ever.
Each year in California, more than 100 people are killed and hundreds of thousands more are injured in bicycle collisions– Some related to the cyclists’ behavior, while others are due to the motorists’ lack of attention. Regardless, when traveling on public roads, cyclists should follow the same rules of the road as motorized vehicles. Refer to California Driver handbook to become familiar with these rules.
For pedestrians, staying alert to the conditions around you is one of the most important factors in sharing the roads safely. Pay attention to your surroundings, and make every effort to be visible to others on the road.
Knowing how to share the roads safely can help you stay alive and avoid injury to others.
The accident attorneys at the Law Offices of Edward C. Casey represent people who are injured in accidents that are not their fault. If you or a loved one was injured in a serious accident, we can help protect your legal rights and ensure that you get the compensation that you deserve. Contact our office today for a free consultation.