People love riding their bikes for various reasons, whether it be for fun, for health, or to get from point A to point B. Regardless of your reasons for bicycling, there is one thing that remains true for all bicyclists – safety is paramount. Bicyclists are some of the most vulnerable individuals on the road, given the minimal protection they provide. This May is Bicycle Safety Month, so Kalfus & Nachman PC would like to shine a spotlight on the importance of bike safety, so you can reduce your chances of being injured in an accident.
Here’s What You Can Do to Partake in Bicycle Safety Month
According to Injury Facts®, bicyclist deaths increased by 29% over the course of an 8-year timeframe. Additionally, 2017 claimed the lives of 1,024 bicyclists. 679 of these deaths involved a motor vehicle.
Here are some tips you should consider not only this month, but every month:
- Make sure drivers on the road can see you: Drivers should be more aware of their surroundings, but the fact is not everyone is always paying attention. To ensure drivers on the road can see you, wear fluorescent, neon, or bright clothes. If possible, try to schedule bike rides during the day. If you must ride at night, however, use flashing lights.
- Inspect your bike before every ride: Before embarking on a bike ride, always inspect your equipment. Make a checklist for yourself and be sure to examine the tires, the bike’s seat, its reflectors and pedals, the horn, and rear-view mirror.
- Protect your head: Under no circumstances should you ever go for a bike ride without donning a helmet that is certified by the Consumer Product Safety Commission. Everyone, adults and children alike, should wear a properly fitted helmet no matter how far or short of a distance they are traveling.
- Always obey the rules of the road: Even though you are on a bike, you must still obey the rules of the road, so make sure you understand traffic laws and never hitch onto motor vehicles. Since bicycles do not have blinkers, use hand signals to alert motorists on the road of any turns you plan on making and exercise caution when crossing an intersection.
Bicycles are a great way to enjoy the outdoors, stay active, and are even beneficial for the environment, so keep on riding and stay safe.
Speak to a Bicycle Accident Attorney Today!
If you were injured in a bicycle accident, contact an attorney at Kalfus & Nachman PC for the skilled legal advice and representation you need to obtain compensation and get through this difficult experience. Our team has the knowledge and insight to build a solid case on your behalf, so you can hold the responsible party accountable for your injuries and any costs associated with them, such as medical bills or lost wages. You should not have to suffer in silence. Let us be your voice!
Call our office today at (855) 880-8163 to schedule a free consultation. We are available 24/7 to answer your call.