Biking is a great way to have fun, get some exercise, and reach your destination in a cost- and time-effective manner. As a form of transportation, however, bicycles can pose risks when used on roadways near motor vehicles and/or around pedestrians. Bikes do not provide riders with a protective barrier to absorb the shock of impact in the same way that cars do in the event of an accident. What’s more, given the speed with which both bicycles and cars can travel, high-impact crashes have the potential to cause devastating and even fatal injuries. For that reason, bikers should always ride with care and consideration for ways to avoid accidents. Here is a list of tips to do so:
- Wear a properly fitted bicycle helmet.
- As traffic law dictates, ride in the same direction as traffic and obey all traffic signs, signals, and lane markings.
- Wear bright-colored or reflective clothing, even in the daytime.
- When riding at night, use a front light and a reflective or flashing rear light.
- Do not ride after consuming alcohol (about 24% of bicyclist fatalities have a blood alcohol concentration of .08 g/dL or higher).
If you or a loved one has been a victim of a bike accident, please do not hesitate to call our office for a free legal consultation at (727) 786-5000 or fill out our case evaluation form on the Contact page of our website.