How often do drivers suddenly come upon bicyclists riding at night? If it happens even once, it may be once too often.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Association (NHTSA)'s Traffic Safety Facts 2010 (the latest available statistics), of the 618 bicyclists killed in the United States, 49% were killed at night - between the hours of 6:00 p.m. and 6:00 a.m. - normally a period with less traffic. 29% of the 52,000 bicyclists injured happened during the same time period.
Florida Bike Accidents Attorney, Randall Spivey, Spivey Law Firm, Personal Injury Attorneys, P.A. says, "Riding bicycles at night can be dangerous. It's important to Be Seen and Be Safe."
Proper bicycle lighting is important for two reasons:
- It makes you visible and predictable to other road users.
- It can help you see well enough to avoid hazards and navigate your way."
Following are examples from humantransport.org of an unlit and lit bicycle at night:
There are options when selecting lights for bicycles to be ridded at night.
Here are just a couple of links to guides:
- Buyers Guide - Finding the Best Bike Lights for You (road.cc)
- Review of the Best Bicycle Taillights of 2012 (Bicycles Community Blog)
New technology becomes available every day. On March 5, 2013 Hammacher Schlemmer introduced the Cyclist's Virtual Safety Lane . According to their press release, "This is the device that mounts to a bicycle's seat post, projects two 5-milliwat red lasers onto the ground, generating a virtual bicycle lane. Providing motorists with a visual indicator of a cyclist's riding width."
"Before riding at night, bicyclists should be prepared with the proper clothing and equipment to Be Seen - Be Safe." says Attorney Spivey
Florida Bike Accidents Attorney, Randall L. Spivey is a Board Certified Civil Trial Attorney – the highest recognition for competence bestowed by the Florida Bar and a distinction earned by less than 2 percent of Florida attorneys. He has handled over 1,500 personal injury and wrongful death cases throughout Florida. For a free and confidential consultation to discuss your legal rights, contact the Spivey Law Firm, Personal Injury Attorneys, P.A., in Lee County at 239. 337.7483 or toll free at 1.888.477.4839, or by email to Randall@SpiveyLaw.com. Visit SpiveyLaw.com for more information. You can contact Spivey Law Firm, Personal Injury Attorneys, P.A. in Charlotte County at 941.764.7748 and in Collier County 239.793.7748.