Utah Bicycle Accident Safety
While you can never control the behavior of reckless or inattentive motorists, you can significantly reduce your chances of being injured in a bicycle accident by following some basic guidelines:
- Follow the Rules of the Road – Bicycles are (in most cases) legally considered moving vehicles in the State of Utah. Obey all traffic signs and lane markers.
- Ride WITH Traffic – Never ride against the flow of traffic. Always cycle on the right-hand side of the road.
- Be cautious when passing on the right – Utah cyclists are allowed to use the shoulder to pass slower-moving vehicles on the left, but only as long as they can do so safely.
- Don’t use headphones while cycling – It’s essential to listen to the environment around you. Listening to an iPod or radio can be distracting and is especially dangerous in urban areas.
- Dress to be seen – Even during the day, wear brightly colored clothing so motorists can easily spot you. At night, utilize reflective clothing to stand out in the dark.
- Use lights at night – Utah law says that a bicycle must be equipped with a headlight in front and a rear red reflector in the back.
- Use proper hand signals – Cyclists must give appropriate hand signals to turn right, left, change lanes or stop.
Bicycle safety is important to Good Guys Injury Law, as we’re sure it is for you. As avid cyclists, our goal is to provide a base of knowledge where anyone can find helpful facts, safety tips, and more. We encourage all cyclists to educate themselves about the law and safe practices to make the road a safer place for cyclists and motorists alike.