My legal career is based around representing individuals who have sustained serious or fatal injuries in an accident, and I take that responsibility very seriously. As Michigan temperatures warm up, I’m sure you are seeing that more bicyclists are taking to city streets and sidewalks. Although riding a bicycle is a common and fun recreational activity, it can present serious safety hazards to riders, particularly children. It is worth the time to make sure you are following safe cycling practices.
Bicycling expert and four-season cyclist Nancy Kendrew insists that drivers and cyclists have to be aware of one another while on the roadways. She explains it as a two-edged problem, stating “We think that the number one danger is from motorists – I mean it’s true if you get hit by a car it’s much bigger. But if you do something (and) you’re clipped by another fast-moving cyclist, it can lead to serious injury as well.” Therefore, she encourages all bicyclists, young and old, to remain predictable when riding. According to Kendrew and other safety experts, this is the “key weapon” that bike riders have to protect themselves and others from bicycle accidents.
Remaining predictable means:
- Only ride a bicycle where it is meant to be ridden. Use designated bike paths if available, or stay to the side of the road. Do not weave in and out of traffic.
- Signal motorists, pedestrians, and other cyclists to your turns. This will allow all persons on the roadway to anticipate the changes you are about to make.
- Like driving a car, it is essential to obey all rules of the road, including treating other cyclists just as if they were a car. It is important to give other riders and vehicles enough space on the roadway.
- Be visible by having flashing lights on your bicycle and wear lightly colored clothing when riding at night.
- Wear protective safety gear at all times including a safety helmet.
Parents, before your children get on a bicycle make sure:
- Your child is wearing protective safety gear approved by the Consumer Product Safety Commission.
- Supervise your child at all times, or designate a responsible adult to watch your little bicyclist.
- The bicycle itself should be appropriately sized and in proper working condition.
- Clearly show your child the boundaries for where it is safe and unsafe for them to ride. Be open with them about the rules of the road early, so they will be able to employ safety tips when you are not around.
Following these simple, but important safety tips are important for any bicyclist to know, as doing so can prevent severe personal injury sustained by bicycle accidents. As the consequences of such an incident can be life-changing, an injured individual will undoubtedly have many questions regarding their case. For answers, as well as the best legal advice and legal representation, it is vital to call me for assistance. Doing so immediately can help provide the most successful outcome for your personal injury claim.