Riding a bicycle can be dangerous and can result in injuries including fractures, concussions and internal injuries. Even if you consider yourself an experienced bicyclist, you can still get into an accident due to the fault of someone else on the road. If this happens, you’ll want to speak with a Las Vegas personal injury attorney. The following are important bicycle safety tips:
Always wear a helmet /
A helmet can be the difference between life and death. Even if you’re a professional bicyclist that never falls doesn’t mean you’ll never be involved in an accident. Remember, there are other people on the road too – someone could accidentally hit you from your blind spot.
Always stay visible /
If it’s raining or dark outside, make sure your bike is visible on the road. Many bicyclists get into accidents during conditions of low visibility because drivers couldn’t see them on the road. To stay visible, make sure you use a light on your bike and consider wearing reflective clothing when biking at night.
Bike like a car /
Don’t swerve around the road when biking. You should bike as if you were in a car. This means biking within your lane and in the direction of traffic. This will help protect you from possibly being hit by a car that’s not suspecting you to veer out of your lane.
Don’t get distracted /
Keep your eyes on the road ahead of you and stay alert for any obstacles that may come into your path. Avoid talking on the phone and listening to music while biking. Doing so is a huge distraction. You need to be able to hear oncoming traffic as well as if a driver honks at you.
Obey the traffic laws /
One of the common misconceptions bicyclists have is they don’t necessarily have to stop at stop signs or red lights. By not obeying traffic laws or lights, you’re not only putting yourself at risk, you’re putting others on the road at risk as well.
Check your bike /
Make sure your saddle is comfortable and tight. Test your wheels to make sure there’s enough air in them and check your brakes to make sure they are functioning properly. The last thing you want to do is get out on the road only to find that your tires aren’t quite full enough and your brakes don’t seem to be working!