How can you stay safe when riding a bicycle?

On Behalf of | Jan 22, 2020 | Bicycle Accidents |

Bicycle accidents are on the rise, especially with a broader community now cycling to and from work. How do you stay safe? Well, a collision with an oncoming car can kill. Unlike the car occupants, you can only be lucky to survive, but still, you may suffer fatal injuries. 

Here at Sumner Law, we focus on representing families of bicycle accident victims. Most bicycle accidents occur due to negligent hit and run drivers, and victims have the right to justice. We, therefore, review the evidence you provide us with, including photographs, witness statements, police reports, and medical reports to help us file a claim. 

According to the National Highway Traffic Administration, 857 bicyclists died in collisions with vehicles in 2018. This statistic does not include the survivors who struggle with broken bones, brain, and spinal cord injuries. Therefore, there is a need to learn ways of staying safe on the road, especially alongside speeding motorists. 

Always ensure you wear a helmet before riding. That is a defensive mechanism that will save your life or prevent traumatic injuries in the occurrence of an accident. Also, remember size matters, wear a fitting helmet. 

Remember, riding predictably may alert motorists. For instance, if you turn your head over the shoulder, a motorist may predict that you either want to turn or change a lane. Besides, always ride in the same direction as motorists. 

Riding on a sidewalk can be dangerous at times. A motorist may not notice you, and that may cause a crash if they decide to turn or back out of the driveway.