Tips for Increasing Your Safety as a Bicyclist
Bicycle accidents can be severe, and often result in serious injuries or death. In fact, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), bicycle accidents account for 2% of all traffic fatalities, and 2% of all traffic crashes involving injuries in the United States each year. Because of their lack of padding and protection, bicyclists are often left vulnerable. They may suffer broken bones, traumatic brain injuries, lacerations, paralysis, road rash, and other serious trauma in a collision with a vehicle.
How Can You Stay Safe While Riding a Bike?
1. Be Prepared
Before riding, you should get a helmet that fits you well. Furthermore, you should choose a bike that is a comfortable size and that is fully functional. An older bike with worn brakes may put you at greater risk of a crash. Before starting out, make sure you plan your route, especially if you will be riding alongside traffic. It is best to stay on bike paths and bike lanes, and to choose streets that have slower speed limits and lighter traffic.
2. Increase Your Visibility
As a biker, you may be less visible to other cars on the road, especially at night. You can increase your visibility by wearing bright colored clothing, by using reflective gear, and by having a white front light and red rear light on your bike. The more lights and reflection you have, the better other drivers will be able to see you. When crossing the street or making a turn in traffic, it is also a good idea to make eye contact with other drivers to ensure they see you.
3. Follow Traffic Laws
When riding in traffic, it is vital to obey all traffic laws and road signs. This includes using hand signals when turning or making lane changes, riding with the directional flow of traffic, and obeying traffic signs and signals. By abiding by traffic laws and riding responsibly, you can decrease your chances of an accident.
Bicycle Accident Attorney Serving the Santa Clarita Valley
If you have been injured in a bicycle accident, the Law Office of Robert J. Kaiser can provide diligent representation. We have helped numerous clients obtain settlements from negligent drivers. From start to finish, our Santa Clarita bicycle accident lawyer will guide you through the process in pursuit of justice.
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