When bicycle accidents happen, they are often quite serious. Indeed, bicycle riders face a greater risk of suffering from serious crash-related injuries and deaths than other drivers. Whether you are trying to “go green”, get some exercise, or just catch some fresh air, here are some tips to ensure that your bicycle rides remain safe and sound.
Know About Traffic Rules and Regulations
California is a very bicycle friendly state. However, as a cyclist, it is always smart to be aware of the rules of the road before you head out on your ride. Following these rules will also hopefully make it easier for you to ride safely and in harmony with motorists. What’s more, if you are involved in an accident, it would be easier to get compensation if you were in the right.
Ride as Right as You Can
For bicycle riders, a safe approach is to ride as far to the right as is possible and in the same direction as traffic. Steer clear of other cyclists and the curb, as catching your tire on the curb could “send you flying”. Be patient and correctly use your hand signal if you need to change lanes.
Wear Your Helmet
Unfortunately, accidents happen at the most unexpected times and often when you are closest to home. Whether you are just riding around the corner, or in a cycling race, a helmet is the most essential accessory in a rider’s gear. Make sure the helmet you wear is of high-quality and fits snugly on your head.
Driving with the traffic is a good idea to make your presence known to the motorists and motorcyclists you are sharing the road with. When motorists on the road can easily see you, they are less likely to hit you.
Check Your Brakes
Before you take your bicycle on the road, make sure that your bike’s brakes are working perfectly. This will not only give you confidence while riding, but will also help you better manipulate unfavorable traffic and/or road conditions.
If you or a loved one has been injured in a bike accident that was caused by someone else’s negligence, know that California law and experienced accident attorney Barry P. Goldberg is on your side. Contact him today for a free, no obligation consultation about your legal claim.