When cyclist incurs an accident on the road, it is not a pretty sight. However, the congested roads and emerging traffic continues to put the cyclist at risk. Unfortunately, the most vulnerable victims in an accident are cyclists in as much as they have little protection.
How do we help cyclists who encountered an accident? We can assist them by calling for help in the nearest police station to document the accident and call for medical assistance. It is the least that we can do.
First, traffic discipline must be instilled to both driver and nearby passers. As drivers of the two wheeled transportation, the driver must make sure that they are compliant to traffic rules. What are these rules? What is commonly missed out are the safety gears used when driving such as helmets, body gear and the like.
Moreover, what they have to stay conscious about is their patience and perseverance in traffic. What these motorists or bike riders take advantage of is having the habit of making themselves fit in small openings of a traffic line or driving in between. Being slim and small as compared with a normal car, they tend to forget the risk of encountering an accident that can be fatal. A simple light bump can immediately make them lose their balance which can make them skid. The matter that makes it so frustrating in this scenario is whether the bike driver is at fault or not, the physical damage is most likely to do more injury.
Another help that can also be considered is the process of releasing the driver's licenses. Maybe, what the government agency can do is make sure that all safety gears are in place prior to the release of their licenses. They did these for helmets which have to be ICC compliant.
Same thing can be applied to other safety accessories such as body pads and knee pads. The absence of these accessories will not allow the riders to use their bikes in public roads nor issue them their license. Perhaps with these requirements, the step to safety can be made. An orientation can also be administered to these drivers on traffic safety and governing policies. Adherence to its proper lane provision would greatly help the drivers to safety. This basically means no overtaking of lanes for regular car drivers nor are they allowed to use the motorcycle lanes.
Lastly, the factor that has to be considered is instilling proper discipline to commuters. These commuters must bear in mind that the accidents are not solely caused by the drivers but also other vehicles on the streets. Proper policies on crossing the streets and where to walk must also be oriented perhaps by the local officials and authorities.
Awareness campaign on traffic and driving policies would always be a major plus. Traffic signs are not enough. These campaigns can be made by the local government through respective homeowners association. Having a safety advocacy can lead to lesser accidents and more safety roads.