Bicycling is a great way to enjoy the Tucson weather, improve your health, and make your commute to work or school more eco-friendly. However, bicycle accidents can be a cause of both mild and serious injuries. Keep reading for some helpful tips to improve your safety while on your bike.
Wear a Helmet
Wearing a helmet is one of the simplest ways to improve your safety while bicycling. A helmet provides protection for your head in case of an accident to prevent serious injury to the head or brain. Studies have shown that up to 85% of brain injuries sustained in bicycle accidents could have been prevented by wearing a helmet. It’s important to choose a helmet that fits correctly to ensure it will provide adequate protection during an accident.
Use Reflectors and Lights
Reflectors and lights make your bicycle more visible to cars, trucks, pedestrians, and other bicyclists, which can help to prevent accidents. Reflectors are important regardless of whether you ride during the day or night; you should mount reflectors on both wheels, as well as on the rear of your bicycle. If you will be riding in low-light conditions, you should also mount a white headlight and rear taillight and ensure they are in working condition at all times.
Many accidents and injuries on the road are caused by human error. Whenever you ride your bicycle, take special care to remain aware of your surroundings. Never ride while listening to music on your headphones or texting on your phone. Assume that drivers in larger vehicles cannot see you and act accordingly. Even in situations where you may have the right of way, never move in front of a driver that does not appear to see you.
If you have been injured in a bicycle- or auto-related accident, The Hameroff Law Firm, P.C. is here to help. Our experienced personal injury attorneys will review your case and help you through the legal process of seeking recompense. Visit our website or call us today at (520) 792-4700 for the answers to your questions.