Safety Tips for Bicyclists
Unfortunately, even the safest bicyclists can still get into an accident while they are out on the street. This is often because of distracted or reckless drivers not paying attention to their surroundings on the road. Before you hit the road on your bike, you will want to brush up on how to stay safe while you are out on the streets to try to avoid an injury.
Pay Attention At Traffic Lights and Signs
One of the most common locations for bicycle accidents is at traffic lights and traffic signs such as yields or stop signs. Unfortunately, not everyone follows the rules of the road and they don’t adhere to these laws. When you feel you may be the safest, a negligent and reckless driver may opt to run a red light or ignore a stop sign, causing a collision in the process.
Always Wear a Helmet
Helmets aren’t just for kids anymore. In fact, you are more likely to get in an accident as an adult than as a child, especially when you are cycling through busy city streets on a regular basis. Make sure you purchase a helmet that fits properly and can be adjusted to your specific needs. In the event of a collision, your head is vulnerable to serious injuries. A helmet can help to lighten the impact, meaning you may be less likely to suffer serious damage.
Take the Lane When You are Unsure
While the busy city streets seem more dangerous than a quiet country road, the chaos and confusion ensures that cars are moving slower and more cautiously. If there is no bike lane, the safest place to cycle is in the middle of the road. Ride down the middle of the road to discourage drivers from passing you when they shouldn’t. You will also want to be aware of doors opening from stopped cars or pedestrians hurrying across the street, even when in a busy, moving lane.
If you or someone you love has been hurt in a bicyclist accident, please contact Murphy, Falcon & Murphy today for the help you or they need. We will work with you and pursue the fair compensation you so deserve in a timely manner. Our Baltimore bicycle accident attorneys are here for you when you need us most.
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