Spring cycling

As spring approaches, we are seeing bicycles on the roads in large numbers. Our lovely weather this year means that more cyclists will be out earlier than usual. Whether you are a motorist or cyclist, it is important to be aware of the rules of the road in order to stay safe and avoid accidents. When driving, be aware of cyclists and give them lots of room in case they need to swerve to avoid unexpected obstacles, such as a car door opening in their path.

Cyclists should make sure they are easily visible and well protected – lights, reflective gear and a properly adjusted helmet are all essential. Failing to be properly equipped may result in ICBC denying or minimizing your claim. Although cyclists are treated as regular vehicles when on the roads, it is still safest to avoid busy streets during rush hour. If you are biking on the roads, make sure to use hand signals and make eye contact with motorists to ensure they have seen you, even if you have the right of way.

If you are injured in a cycling accident, ICBC may try to blame you for the accident and minimize your injuries. You should seek advice from a lawyer who has experience in personal injury claims and dealing with ICBC. John Mickelson and his team of legal experts, in Vancouver, Surrey and the Lower Mainland, can help you with all stages of your claim, ensuring you receive fair compensation for any injuries sustained as a cyclist.

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