Important Bicycle Safety Tips: Stay Safe on the Roads to Avoid Serious Accidents

The weather at this time of year is beautiful, and idea for outdoor activities. Cycling is one of the most popular and rewarding ways to enjoy the great outdoors, but it needs to be done with attention to safety. Many cyclists are under the mistaken impression that they only need to concentrate on pedaling, and that motorists will watch out for their safety: this is a dangerous misconception that can lead to serious accidents and injuries. The more you know about bicycle safety and follow the rules, the better off you will be. If you or someone you love has been injured in a bicycle accident and you believe that it was a result of negligence on the part of a driver or another cyclist, the attorneys at Wallace Law can help you get the compensation you need to help pay for your medical expenses and recovery.

There are a number of important bicycle safety tips that can help you stay safe on the roads and to avoid serious accidents. Safety experts are quick to remind cyclists that bicycles are not exempt from traffic rules: they are vehicles in the same way that automobiles are, and must obey traffic signals. Cyclists should always wear helmets, as when a collision or fall occurs, they do not have the same protections that those in an automobile, bus, or other vehicle have. The most important things for a cyclist to remember include:

• Obey traffic laws
• Do not carry a passenger unless your bike is built for more than one person
• Do not ride your bike on a road that has a speed limit of more than 50 miles per hour
• Ride as close to the right side of the road as practical and safe unless you are turning left, on a one-way street, are passing another vehicle, pedestrian or hazard
• Use the bike lane if one is available
• Do not hold on to a vehicle on the roadway
• Do not carry anything that keeps you from keeping both hands on the handlebars or that impedes your vision
• Do not wear a headset or earphones
• Wear a helmet
• Make sure your bike is equipped with a lamp and a reflector
• Use your bell
• Make sure that your bike is in good working condition – especially your brakes

Bicycle riders need to be aware of safety rules and traffic rules: they have the same responsibilities as automobile drivers. They also have the same rights as automobile drivers, and if they are injured as a result of another person’s negligence then they have the right to file a lawsuit for compensation for the damages that they suffer. The attorneys at Wallace Law are experienced, compassionate and knowledgeable advocates for those who have been injured by another’s negligence. Contact us if you need legal information or representation.