Bicycle accidents can lead to very serious injuries, and even fatalities. There were over 1,000 cyclists killed in accidents in the United States in 2017.
There are ways to stay safe on the road while riding a bike. Here are some ways to avoid a bicycle accident:
Have the right gear
A bicycle should be the appropriate size for the rider and be working well. Cyclists should check that the brakes and reflectors are working. Maintaining visibility to drivers, especially at night, is crucial to safety on the road. Cyclists should wear bright clothing during the day and use lights and reflectors at night.
A federally-approved helmet should always be worn. Research has found that cyclists without helmets are 14 times more likely to die from head injuries after a bike accident than those with head protection.
Know traffic laws
One of the most common causes of accidents is when a cyclist does not follow traffic rules. Cyclists should follow the same general rules as a motorist and base speed on road and traffic conditions. Stop at all red lights and stop signs and obey any other traffic signs. Avoid walkways and ride with the flow of traffic on the righthand side of the road if there is no designated bike lane.
Pedestrians get right-of-way and if there are people using a cross walk, dismount and walk the bike across.
Use appropriate hand signals
Signaling before a stop, turn or lane change helps drivers react to a cyclist appropriately.
Give parked cars some distance
Cyclists are at risk of being hit by an opening car door if they ride too close to parked cars. Maintain an appropriate distance.
Stay aware of surroundings
Cyclists must stay vigilant on the road. Do not wear headphones or ear buds to listen to music as this may reduce awareness.
Unfortunately, accidents can still occur even when all the safety precautions are followed. If you or a loved one have been injured in a bicycle accident because of a negligent driver, the experienced professionals at Hessig & Pohl can help you recover damages.
You can schedule a free, no obligation consultation. We will discuss your claim and the best course of action for you to take. You only pay us after we win your case. Please call us (502)777-1111 or contact us here.