Spring is in the air, and for many of us, that means getting outside! If you are a cyclist, the fact that winter is over means it is time to hit the open road. There is no better way to revel in springtime than to hop back on your bike. However, before you do, it is a good idea to brush up on safety precautions that can help prevent you from becoming a victim in an auto accident. The following are some tips to help keep you safe this season:
- Check the weather. Knowing the weather conditions before you head out is key. If rain is forecasted, for example, bike brakes do not work as well in wet conditions, so you will want to proceed with caution. If there is a chance for severe weather, you may want to reschedule your trip.
- Plan your route, not just your destination. Sometimes we assume that the best way to reach a destination by bicycle is the same we would travel there by car. But this is often not the case. While bikes have the same rights to the roadways as cars—as a cyclist you may have a more enjoyable ride if you opt for the road less traveled.
- Evaluate road conditions. Although the sun may be shining when you are ready to head out in the morning, an overnight rain burst may have caused road conditions to become a little sloppy. If heavy traffic is anticipated due to the time of day or construction, you may want to consider an alternate route. Keeping your speed under 15 mph can also be beneficial to give you enough time to stop or react appropriately.
- Be present. Hopping on one’s bike is a gray to unplug and let go. Whether your ride is for pleasure or necessity, it is nice to feel the breeze on your face. However, too often people forget to truly “unplug” before the set off on their bike. Using electronic devices like cell phones and ear phones can be very dangerous, especially to a biker. Anything that interferes with a person’s senses and serves as a distraction.
- Ride like you are invisible. In an accident between a bike and a car, it is more often than not, that the cyclist is the person to fare the worst. This is why it is important to cyclists to do everything they can to protect themselves from being involved in an accident. One of the best ways to do just that is for a cyclist to pretend like that they cannot be seen by cars—that they, in fact, While this may sound a bit crazy, it makes sense. Often drivers who have been in accidents with bicyclists report afterward not having seen the cyclist. The advantage of adopting this attitude is that the cyclist will do everything do everything in their control to protect themselves, rather than to rely on the assumption that drivers can see them and will act accordingly.
If you or a loved one was seriously injured after being hit by a car while riding a bicycle, it is important to contact a skilled Oklahoma Personal Injury Attorney. Only an experienced Injury Attorney can properly examine your case and make sure that the wrongdoer is held accountable. The Oklahoma Injury Attorneys at The Handley Law Center are dedicated advocates who understand the devastating impact an accident can have on a victim and their family. You can trust our team of experienced injury attorneys to fight for your rights. To schedule a free and completely confidential consultation with one of our qualified injury attorneys, contact The Handley Law Center today at (405) 295-1924.