Biking is a great way to get exercise, enjoy the outdoors, and get to where you want to be this summer. Unfortunately, bicycle accidents are a common cause of personal injuries, especially in the summertime. However, there some simple steps you can take to be safer on the roads and trails.
Wear Your Helmet
The best way to lower your risk of a traumatic or fatal brain injury is to wear your helmet every time you ride your bicycle. The majority of fatal bike injuries are because the rider was not wearing a helmet, or did not have the helmet on properly. If you aren’t sure if your helmet is fitted correctly, stop by a local bike shop. They can assist you in choosing the right helmet.
When you are out riding your bike, you need to make sure that other vehicles see you. Wear bright colors, do not ride in the blind spot of cars, follow the rules of the road, and make sure to have lights and reflectors on your bike if you are going to be riding in the evening or at night. Use proper hand signals for turning so other drivers can anticipate your movements.
Don’t Drink and Ride
Summer is the time for barbecues and get-togethers. Drinking is often involved in many summer activities. It is important to remember that if you wouldn’t drive in the state you are in, you should not ride your bicycle either. In some states, you can still get a DUI while on your bicycle. It can also raise your risk of getting in a serious bicycle accident.
If you have been involved in a bicycle accident, and sustained an injury due to someone else’s negligence, you need an attorney. Call the Todd R. Durham Law Firm at (214) 222-4000