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3 tips to help cyclists avoid a vehicle-bicycle collision

In Van Nuys and adjoining communities, much of the land is flat. With few hills, the streets make for easy bicycle riding—except for the traffic.

If you are a cyclist who becomes the victim of a car-bicycle collision, you could suffer extremely serious injuries. Here are three tips to help you stay out of harm’s way.

1. Dealing with the right hook

A motorist may pass you on the left, then up ahead a bit, make a right turn in front of you. The reason this happens so frequently is that the driver thinks you are going more slowly than you are. However, if you are riding with traffic, you could be traveling at a speed of up to 30 miles per hour. To avoid the right hook, do not pass cars on the right because you will often be in their blind spot. Ride in the traffic lane, as is your right. Cars behind you will have to wait to turn right.

2. Foiling the left cross

A very common collision happens when a driver makes a left turn ahead of you just as you approach. Be alert to this possibility. To avoid a collision, make a right turn so you go in the same direction as the car. You can double back to your original route when it is safe to do so.

3. Avoiding the opening car door

Getting “doored” can be devastating for a cyclist. This, by the way, is a ticket offense. It happens when you ride next to a line of parked cars and someone opens a car door just as you approach. Avoid what could be catastrophic injuries by once again riding in the traffic lane.

Protecting your rights

If you do sustain injuries as a victim of a vehicle-bicycle collision, explore your legal options in dealing with big-name insurance companies. Remember that you must protect your rights with the help of a legal professional. You deserve full and fair compensation to cover your medical expenses, loss of wages and more.

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