Tips for Bicyclists to be More Visible at Night

By Tom Kiley on April 13, 2012 - Comments off

One of the best ways to avoid being involved in a bicycle accident is to increase your visibility. It is common for drivers to overlook bicyclists and for late-night riders to suffer injuries because a motorist simply did not see the bike before it was too late.

First and foremost, all bicycle riders in New Jersey should increase their visibility by following New Jersey bicycle law. Under New Jersey Statute 39:4-10: “When in use at nighttime every bicycle shall be equipped with: 1) A front headlamp emitting a white light visible from a distance of at least 500 feet to the front; 2) A rear lamp emitting a red light visible from a distance of at least 500 feet to the rear; 3) In addition to the red lamp a red reflector may be mounted on the rear.” Lights and reflectors can greatly increase your visibility.

Additionally, it is in the best interest of all bicyclists to ride where drivers will expect to see a cyclist. This means obeying New Jersey Statute 39-4-10.11 by riding “as near to the right roadside as practicable.” It is also wise to choose roadways that have bike paths and are well lit. Roadways that do not have streetlights should be avoided at night.

Whether a bicyclist is in New Jersey, Massachusetts, or any state, riders also have it in their best interest to wear bright and reflective clothing. While a black outfit is acceptable midday, it makes sense to wear jackets and pants at night that have yellow, bright green, or white on them. Some bicycle attire even has reflective parts that can increase visibility.

A Princeton bike accident injury attorney should know how to hold negligent drivers accountable for the damages they cause. Bicyclists injured in an accident caused by another’s negligence often encounter steep medical bills, extensive time away from work, pain and suffering, and other challenges. Obtaining compensation from those responsible makes a big difference in a bicyclist’s recovery.

The Princeton, NJ personal injury law firm of Lependorf & Silverstein has provided this guest blog post.

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