Being a cyclist can be dangerous. With potential dangers like careless
drivers, weather hazards, poorly maintained roads, and other threats,
it is important that all bicyclists use caution to avoid unnecessary accidents.
While cars tend to be the most prominent threat to cyclists by the roadside,
there are other dangers at large. In order to keep safe and protect yourself
while on a bike, make sure you exercise these key bicycle safety tips.
1. Wear a helmet. It is crucial that you do what you can to protect your head whenever you
are on a bike. Head and brain injuries can be exceedingly damaging and
debilitating, so if you can exercise caution to prevent such harm, it
is crucial that you do so. One swerve or accidental collision could cause
you to strike the pavement, wall, or some other obstacle which may lead
to a head injury.
2. Use your lights. Make sure you are always visible to other vehicles or bicyclists when
you are out. If you ride at night, always use bright bicycle lights at
the front and rear of your bike to alert others of your presence. Your
bike, and your wardrobe, should also consist of reflective gear. Many
shops sell reflective shirts, bike shorts, shoes, vests, and jackets to
better protect riders in dim lighting and at night. If you ride during
the day, try wearing brighter clothing rather than dark, muted colors
that could more easily blend in with your surroundings.
3. Be visible. Besides using lights and the appropriate apparel, make sure you are doing
what you can to remain visible to vehicles and other bicyclists nearby.
This means avoiding blind corners or turns, and if you must stop on a
road or trail, pull to the side and make sure you are easily visible from
both directions. If you are riding on or near the roads, make eye contact
with drivers before crossing or moving in front of a vehicle. Always be
sure that they see you, never assume. Erring on the side of caution is
always the safest bet.
4. Use hand signals. Whether you are riding on the road or on a biking trail, use the appropriate
signals to indicate your path to those around you. This serves as efficient
and effective communication to others in your party and everyone else
on the road and can help avoid unnecessary mistakes that could lead to
damaging and fatal crashes.
5. Pay attention. It can be easy to get distracted, especially on long rides, but it is
important to always remain vigilant and never lose focus. Always keep
your eyes on the trail or road before you. Do not text while riding your
bicycle, even if you only look at your screen for a moment. It is also
wise to avoid listening to music while riding, as it could make you deaf
to your surroundings and potential signs of danger. For example, if a
car is out of control and swerving into the bike lane, you might be unable
to hear the screeching tires or horn with your headphones in. In order
to keep all senses focused on your safety, you should avoid any such distractions.
6. Ride with the flow of traffic. Some bicyclists may choose to go against the flow of traffic, either to
avoid crowds or find a more direct route to where they wish to go. However,
riding against traffic can be extremely dangerous and could lead to head-on
collisions with other cyclists, pedestrians, or vehicles.
7. Steer clear of parked cars. People exiting their parked vehicles can be careless and often forget
to look for passing motorcyclists, bicyclists, and pedestrians. In order
to avoid being hit by an open door of a parked car, give parked cars a
wide berth when you ride by them.
Bicycle accidents can be extremely damaging and often result in serious,
if not fatal injuries. If you or someone you love was involved in a bicycle
accident, make sure you take immediate action to protect your rights and
secure justice and compensation for your injuries.
Contact Goodman Acker P.C.
to discuss your case with our Detroit personal injury attorneys.