Bicyclists are unquestionably vulnerable to serious injuries when they are involved in an accident, especially when crashes involve a motor vehicle such as a car or truck. Unfortunately, these kinds of incidents happen regularly, and there is no way you can reduce your risk of getting into an accident to zero without giving up riding entirely.
Fortunately, there are ways you can mitigate the risk that you will be injured in an accident, and modern technology has made it possible to ride more safely than was possible in the past. Here are some relatively new innovations that can reduce your risk of injury while you ride around the Indianapolis area:
- Turn-Signal Gloves: While it may seem like science fiction, LED-equipped cycling gloves have recently hit the market that allow cyclists to be more visible to motorists when changing lanes or turning. The gloves feature LED lights on the top of the hands, mimicking a vehicle’s turn signal when a cyclist raises his or hand and significantly increasing their visibility to motorists.
- Airbags for Bicyclists: A company in Sweden is trying to revolutionize bicycle safety by creating head protection that functions more like an airbag than a traditional helmet. The product is worn around the neck and inflates when it senses an impact.
- Retro-Reflective Bicycles: Making sure motorists can see you is one of the best ways to keep yourself safe on a bicycle. Over the years, many products have been used to improve visibility, including headlamps, reflectors, and retro-reflective clothing. Mission Bicycle in San Francisco has developed a bicycle that is itself retro-reflective, making it much more visible to drivers at night.
Injuries Can Occur Under the Best of Circumstances
Even with the most advanced protection available, people who are involved in bicycle accidents can still sustain extremely serious injuries that have long-term consequences, such as traumatic brain injuries (TBIs), spinal cord injuries, serious soft-tissue injuries, and broken bones. Many bicycle accident victims are able to recover for their injuries by filing a personal injury claim, however, so it is highly recommended that anyone hurt while riding speaks to a lawyer as soon as possible.
Call an Indianapolis Bicycle Accident Lawyer Today to Schedule a Free Consultation
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 an experienced bicycle accident attorney handling your case. Attorney Merry Fountain can help you today by meeting in her office or by meeting in your home. Check out our YouTube Channel for more Videos. Call Merry Fountain anytime at 1-888-242-HURT (4878) for a free consultation.