Summer is the perfect time for fun activities such as riding your bike.
However it is important to remember that a bicycle is a vehicle and that many
bicycle-related crashes result in serious injury.
At the law firm of Goodman Acker P.C., our Detroit bicycle accident lawyers
see the outcomes of these tragic accidents and want to share with you
some very important safety tips that will help protect you and your family
from being involved in a bicycle-related incident.
First and foremost, before you use your bicycle you want to make sure it
is ready to ride. This includes checking the tires to make sure they are
properly inflated and testing your brake levers to ensure that they apply
enough pressure to stop your bike. Always remember to inspect your bike
to make sure all parts are secure and working properly.
Once you have looked over your bicycle and have ensured it is ready to
ride, you will want to adjust your bicycle to fit. Your body's position on the bike will affect you how ride. The best
way to fit your bicycle is to simply stand over your bicycle. There should
be 1 to 2 inches between you and the top tube (bar) if using a road bike
and 3 to 4 inches if a mountain bicycle. The seat height should be adjusted
to allow a slight bend at the knee when the leg is fully extended.
Once you are ready to ride it is important that you follow these safety
tips to prevent accident injuries: These tips are:
Wear a Properly Fitted Bicycle Helmet. Bike helmets are 85%-88% effective in eliminating or reducing fatalities
and head injuries. It is not only important that a helmet is worn, but
more importantly that the helmet fits properly. The helmet should always
sit level on the head with the chin straps tight enough to allow only
one finger between the strap and neck - without choking. The helmet should
not rock from side to side and all straps should lie flat, not be twisted.
See and Be Seen. Whether daytime, dawn, dusk, or at night, you need to be seen by others.
Wearing white has not been shown to make you more visible. Rather, always
wear neon, fluorescent, or other bright colors when riding day or night.
Also wear something that reflects light, such as reflective tape or markings,
or flashing lights. Remember, just because you can see a driver doesn't
mean the driver can see you.
Control Your Bike. Always ride with at least one hand on the handlebars. Carry books and other
items in a bicycle carrier or backpack if you need to.
Watch for and Avoid Road Hazards. Be on the lookout for hazards such as potholes, broken glass, and gravel.
All these hazards can cause a crash. If you are riding with friends and
you are in the lead, yell out and point to the hazard to alert the riders
Avoid Riding at Night. It is far more dangerous to ride at night than during the day because
you are harder for others to see. If you have to ride at night, wear something
that makes you more easily seen by others. Make sure you have reflectors
on the front and rear of your bike (white lights on the front and red
rear reflectors are required by law in many States), in addition to reflectors
on your tires, so others can see you.
Go with the Traffic Flow - Always ride on the right in the same direction as other vehicles. Go
with the flow - not against it. And be predictable. Ride in a straight
line, not in and out of cars with clear signals when you are going to
turn and stop.
Following these step can help prevent bicycle accident injuries, however
if you or a family member has been seriously injured in a bicycle accident,
you need an experienced attorney on your side. At the law firm of Goodman
Acker P.C., our attorneys help victims injured in a bike accident.
If you or your loved one has a question regarding bicycle accident injuries
call Goodman Acker P.C. today at
(248) 793-2010. Our expert attorneys will be happy to help you and answer any questions
that you may have.