The National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration (NHTSA) indicates that there were approximately 50,000 pedal cyclists injured in 2014. When bicyclists are involved in collisions with motor vehicles, the results can be catastrophic. In many cases, victims sustain injuries lie broken bones, traumatic brain injuries (TBIs), facial fractures, and even spinal cord injuries.
Riding a bicycle is an inherently dangerous activity, as bicyclists have very little protection from the elements. Fortunately, there are certain steps that you can take to reduce your risk of involvement in an accident.
Make Yourself Visible
If drivers cannot see you, they cannot avoid you. You should take steps to make sure that you are as visible as possible when you ride. These include the following:
- Wear brightly colored or retro-reflective clothing, especially when riding at night.
- Use flashing bicycle lamps in the dark or in adverse weather conditions.
- If possible, avoid riding your bicycle in fog or other low-visibility conditions.
- Always have the required reflectors on your bike.
Follow all Traffic Laws
Bicyclists have the duty to follow the rules of the road like anyone else does. Make sure you are familiar with the legal requirements of riding on the roadways, including:
- Using marked bicycle lanes whenever available.
- Signaling for turns and lane changes.
- Avoiding distractions and staying aware of traffic around you.
- Not bicycling when intoxicated.
- Obeying all traffic signals and signs.
Keep Your Bicycle Maintained
Bicycles require regular inspection, maintenance, and repair. If your bicycle has a defect, a malfunction while riding can result in a collision and injuries. Brakes, tires, gears, and other parts should be kept in good condition at all times to ensure safe riding.
At the Fountain Law Firm, P.C., we have successfully helped many bicycle accident victims obtain the compensation they deserve for their injuries and related losses. To make sure that you receive all of the compensation to which you are entitled, it is important to have a bicycle accident attorney handling your case. Attorney Merry Fountain can help you today by meeting in her office or by meeting in your home. Call Merry Fountain anytime at 1-888-242-HURT (4878) for a free consultation.