The weather is getting a little colder, but that won’t stop hardcore cyclists from hitting the streets of New Haven for a ride to work or just a bit of exercise. These cyclists will likely indicate the direction they are turning using hand signals and if a driver doesn’t know what these hand signals mean they could very easily turn into a New Haven auto accident.
According to the safety experts at AAA there are three different hand signals that cyclists should use when indicating where they intend to ride next so drivers can make sure to stay out of their way and avoid a collision. If you are driving down the road and you see the following hand signals you should remain safe by avoiding the cyclist in the direction that she/he has indicated they are going.
- When a cyclists points her/his hand out straight to the left that means that they are intending to turn left.
- A raised hand indicates that the cyclist is intending to turn right.
- If the cyclist’s hand is sagging down this indicates that she/he is coming to a stop and the driver in the vehicle behind them should make note of this and stop as well.
Knowing the hand signals that cyclists will often use when riding through our city’s streets can be the difference between everyone arriving to their destination safely or getting into a New Haven auto accident that could have fatal implications. By learning these signals you are indicating your desire to protect the safety and security of cyclists who we share the roads with everyday.
If you or a loved one are injured as the result of an accident with a bicycle rider you may need an attorney to review your case. Contact our office and one of our experienced attorneys will speak with you about they can help with protecting your long-term interests.