How to Stay Safe as a Bicyclist

If a car and a bicycle collides, it is often the bicyclist who sustains more damage. This is because he has limited protections, such as helmets, elbow pads, and kneepads, unlike the driver who is properly restrained by a seatbelt and an airbag, not to mention protected by the metal chassis of the vehicle.
It is good to know that, according to the website of Karlin, Fleisher & Falkenberg, LLC, those who have been injured in bicycle accidents may take legal action against responsible parties, such as negligent drivers. Of course, this does not mean that bicyclists can be reckless. In fact, it can be argued that they should be the ones that are extra careful on the streets because of how vulnerable they are. Below are some of the things they can do to stay safe.

Before riding

Bicycle safety is not just about riding carefully. The risk of accidents can be minimized by doing things even before you take the wheel, such as the following:

  • Always maintain your bicycle so it is in top condition and has less risk of defects
  • Always wear adequate gear, such as helmets and pads
  • Always wear clothing with easily visible colors
  • Check for defects, especially those that involve the brakes, chains, and tires
  • Avoid alcohol, drugs, and other impairments

During riding

  • Always follow traffic rules
  • Stay in the bicycle lane, and if there is none, stay at the edge of the road
  • Ride at a speed where you can react properly to unexpected events
  • Be alert of possible obstructions, such as barriers, road signs, and utility poles
  • Be alert of road defects, such as cracks and potholes
  • Be extra alert in areas that may have a lot of vulnerable pedestrians, such as school zones
  • Be extra alert in narrow areas where vehicles may go through, such as parking entrances and exits
  • Ride more slowly under dangerous weather conditions, such as rain, snow, ice, and fog

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