It can be extremely enjoyable to ride a bike. Not only is this great fun, but it also provides a good source of exercise.
Unfortunately, bicycle accidents injure and kill thousands of people every year. The fear of being involved in an accident should not be enough to scare you out of the saddle for good. Instead, it should open your eyes to the dangers that lurk and what you can do to be safe on your bike this summer.
Here are three things you can do to avoid a bicycle accident this summer:
- Make it easy to be seen. Do you have reflectors on your bike? Do you wear bright clothing when biking at night? If motor vehicle drivers cannot see you, there is a greater chance of being involved in an accident.
- Avoid road hazards. From potholes to broken glass, you never know what you will encounter on the road. Keep your eyes open for these types of hazards as they can cause an accident.
- Avoid roadways with a high speed limit. It is one thing to ride your bike on a suburban road. It is another thing entirely to take to a street in which the speed limit is 55 miles per hour, for example. Be selective about where you ride.
Along with these three tips, here is one last thing to remember: you should always wear a helmet. This can help prevent serious injury or death in an accident.
There is nothing worse than the thought of being involved in a bike accident. Even so, this shouldn’t stop you from having a good time. If you or a loved one is injured in a bike accident, such as being run off the road by a motor vehicle driver, contact us to learn more about your legal rights.