A female bicyclist was tragically killed in Arlington earlier this week. The woman, who is believed to be in her 40s, was riding beside West Pioneer Parkway. Her bicycle veered slightly into the road and she was hit by a passing truck. She was killed in the accident. The driver of the truck stopped to help and was cooperating with police. Alcohol was not believed to be a factor in the crash.

Bicycles are the most vulnerable vehicles on the road. Bicycles lack the protection of cars or the speed of motorcycles. Bicyclists must take extra precautions to protect themselves so they are not injured or killed while bicycling in the Dallas area. Here are some safety tips to follow if you plan on bicycling on public roads:

–         Wear your helmet. When you get on a bicycle, automatically put on your helmet. It’s as important as wearing a seat belt in a car. Bicycles offer no protection to your body in the event of an accident. Protect your head by wearing a high quality helmet.

 

–         Be alert. Besides wearing a helmet, this is perhaps the most important safety precaution you could take. Be very aware of the traffic around you at all times. Don’t assume other drivers will see you or will yield for you. Drive very defensively. Although we don’t know what made the woman in Arlington swerve into the road, it’s possible she was trying to avoid a pothole or wasn’t paying attention. It would be better to hit the pothole and risk an accident or to swerve into the shoulder than to swerve into the road unless you are aware of the traffic behind you.

 

–         Don’t ride too closely to trucks. Large trucks have large blind spots. Don’t ride in those blind spots and keep your distance.

 

–     Ride with traffic. Always ride on the right side of the road with the flow of traffic. Riding against traffic means you can’t see stop lights or traffic signs.

 

Following these few basic safety tips can mean the difference between life and death or serious injury for bicyclists. If you’ve been injured in a bicycle accident in the Dallas area, call the Dallas bicycle accident attorneys at the Barber Law Firm at 866-986-1529.