A bike accident lawyer is the legal professional who will represent a bicyclist hurt on the road by cars or trucks. While it may be the motor vehicle drivers’ fault, it’s never a good thing for the cyclist. Let’s face it — cars and trucks weigh thousands of pounds and bikes are skinny, metal apparatuses with humans perched on top. Helmets help but big damage can occur to the humans physically, mentally and emotionally, not to mention the smashed up bikes. When these catastrophes happen, medical bills for doctors, emergency room personnel, physical therapists for remedial strengthening, lost income due to missed work and more can add up to big dollars. Having a savvy personal injury attorney on your side will help regain financial footing. But in order to safer on the road in the first place, it’s important to heed some safety rules. Being proactive to the point of overzealousness is never a bad thing when it comes to cycling safety. Here are some tips.
Slow & Single File
When passing another vehicle, experts recommend that bikes take note of how fast they’ll need to go to overcome a vehicle. If it’s fast, such as thirty MPH, then it’s not a good place to pass because it’s too risky. Better to wait for a safer and slower stretch of terrain. Another important tip is to cycle in single file. Sometimes people out on a social biking event may want to ride in pairs but this becomes a danger on the streets for all concerned, so cycling single is better.
Make Cars Notice You
Car and truck drivers may be focusing on their own driving and not really even notice the bikes near the shoulder of the road. In order to be safer, it’s important to find ways to be more noticeable. Some ideas include wearing bright, fluorescent clothing, reflective tape, having catchy slogans on your back like a yellow triangle that says “yield,” making eye contact at intersections, using hand signals. If all else fails, be sure you notice them and not get caught up in the thrill of the ride. Yes, enjoy the ride but still pedal defensively.
No, No, No Cell Phones!
Cell phone chatting and texting are bad enough for car and truck drivers — in fact, they’re illegal to use from behind the wheel in many states. But using these devices while bicycling is a recipe for disaster — so do not do it! Some individuals have worn hands-free devices while pedaling but these are distractions as well that can cause potential accidents. Even at intersections, phone calls should not be made while bicycling. In fact, intersections are one of the most dangerous parts of the route so attention must be focused on the traffic, lights and safety.