While bicycles are an efficient and environmentally friendly way to get around, they can be dangerous. Because they have no exterior protection, accidents can be serious and sometimes fatal. Here is how to be safe when riding a bicycle.
Accident prevention is one of the best ways to maintain your safety. Some of the most common causes of bicycle accidents are speeding, failure to yield, and intoxication. Making sure you maintain a safe speed, watching for cars who might not yield, and avoiding drinking while driving will help you arrive at your destination safely.
Helmets are incredibly important when it comes to riding a bicycle. Because of the lack of exterior protection, protection for your head will prevent any serious injuries in the event of an accident. Make sure your helmet fits properly, and make sure you always wear it when you are riding your bicycle.
It’s also important to give your bicycle a safety check before taking off on your ride. You should always check the air in your tires, your brakes, and your chain is clean. This will prevent any accidents caused by your bicycle malfunctioning while you are riding.
Bicycle accidents are rarely caused by the rider, but are instead caused by cars who may not see the cyclist. In order to prevent a collision, make sure you are as visible as possible. Wear clothing that contrasts with the environment, and be especially sure to wear reflective clothing or reflectors at night.
Make sure that you are also maintaining the laws of where you are driving. While it is best to drive in the bike lanes as they provide more space and are better engineered for cyclists, you still have to obey driving laws. Do not lane split or run red lights.
Bicycle accidents can be scary and confusing, especially in the aftermath. This is why you’ll need to speak with an experienced attorney who specializes in personal injury. Here at Greathouse Trial Law, we want to help you understand what your rights are as a bicyclist.
Contact us today for your free case evaluation. We aim to serve the great people of Atlanta, and to give a voice to the voiceless.