What to Do After a Hit and Run as a Cyclist

The unfortunate truth about cycling accidents is that the cyclist is wildly more likely to be a victim of a hit and run. No one can know for sure why hit and run accidents happen. Maybe the driver lacked insurance, maybe they were intoxicated, maybe they thought the cyclist would just rub some dirt on it and get back up. Regardless of why the driver did it, if they hit a cyclist and drove off, it is big trouble for both parties.

The First Step

Always be to seek medical attention first as a cyclist. However, be aware that you need to work fast or you may lose crucial evidence forever. In hit and run cases, this evidence comes often in the form of witnesses. Luckily, unlike other accidents, people are so disturbed by the cruelty of a hit and run, they are more willing to testify. If you call the police after the accident, they can help gather witness statements and contact information.

The Law

Police should also work with you to find the driver, not just for your civil case, but because they have committed a crime by driving away. This means the police will likely use nearby traffic cams in order to get the license plate number where they can then track down the owner. This is great news for an injured cyclist as it can often feel like once that driver drives away, then they will never be found again. However, that is far from the truth.

We Can Help

If you have been in an accident, whether it be a hit and run or a traditional accident, you will still need legal representation to get the compensation that you deserve. For those who have been hurt in a cycling accident, contact us today to see what the Law Office of Gary Brustin can do for you.

 

Bicycle Accidents For Those Without a Car

For some, they have managed to break free of the auto dependency that consumes most people. The stars have aligned and these people are able to get everywhere they need to go on their bicycle. As such, they don’t have much need for a car. However, this can present a unique problem. Without a car, you also have no need for auto insurance, something that in the event of an bicycle accident, can be helpful.

Insurance

In truth, even if you are a cyclist, it might be beneficial to have auto insurance even if you don’t have a car. These policies can be helpful in the event of an accident. Don’t just depend on the fact that you can get the motorist’s insurance to cover the accident.

It is crucial to remember that not all accidents are caused by motorists. Many of them are, for certain, but a cyclist can be just as responsible in some accidents, and as such, may be barred from insurance coverage as the party at fault. So even if you have become free from the burden of a car, you may want to think twice before becoming free from auto insurance.

Bicycle Accident Lawyer

Have you been hurt in a cycling accident? Regardless who was at fault, we can help you. If you have been injured or your bike has been totaled, contact us today to see what the Law Office of Gary Brustin can do for you. As a cyclist himself, Gary Brustin understands how dangerous the roads can be for us. As such, he has dedicated his life to seeing that a cyclist’s rights in an accident are preserved.

 

How Effective Are Bicycle Lights in the Daytime?

Bicycle Safety

A cyclist concerned about safety wouldn’t dare go out after dark without their bicycle lights on, but there is still much debate on the use of lights during the daytime. On one side, there are those that say that bicycle lights during the day are a waste. The light, for the most part, is lost to the ambient light of daytime. Alternatively, there are those that insist that the use of blinking red lights during the day prevent accidents.

There are sparse studies on the subject matter. One study out of Denmark in 2013 states that of those cyclists that used lights during the day, they had 19% less accidents than those that did not use lights. Of course, there are also those that say that the results were contributed to by other outside factors, something that was very possible.

There is also the potential for distraction. Bicycle lights can be distracting and obnoxious to both drivers and other riders. Does being obnoxious make you safer or are distractions a recipe for disaster? For now, as there is no law in any state requiring bicycle lights during the day, it is up to the rider’s preference. If they believe that lights during the day make them safer and they can remember to change the batteries as frequently as needed, then light it up! However, for those riders that find them a nuisance, then there is no need to change.

Bicycle Accidents

Lights or not, bicycling accidents will still happen. If you are an injured cyclist, then you deserve compensation, especially if the accident was not your fault. With cycling accidents, you want both a lawyer skilled in personal injury cases, but as a cyclist, you probably want someone who understands your situation. Luckily for you, Gary Brustin is both. If you have been hurt as a cyclist, contact us today and let a fellow cyclist come to your aid.

 

Safe Cycling for a Fun Way to Stay Fit

As we get older, eating healthily, exercising regularly, and trying to stay fit has become more important. I know; every day, adulthood seems more and more like a synonym for doing things I don’t want to do. But, exercise doesn’t have to be one of those things.

Riding a bicycle is not just a fun way to stay fit and fight disease. Choosing to ride a bike instead of driving a car for short-distance trips saves money on gas and is good for the environment. 

Because it’s fun to be out in the sun, admiring the predictable randomness of nature, wind whipping at our ears, cyclists are more likely to finish their exercise in a better mood than the average gym rat. And the nostalgic feeling of coasting down a hill, relaxing, hands free, leaned back, confident in the laws of physics, is a feeling that beckons cyclists to frequent their vehicle and their routine.

The production of serotonin, the chemical in our brain that creates happiness, is positively related to duration spent in sunlight. Exercise produces serotonin, too, and aerobic exercise, like cycling, is proven to produce higher levels of serotonin than other forms. Riding outdoors in the sunlight is not only a delightful experience that doesn’t require one to talk herself or himself into but an exercise that is proven to be a deterrent of disease and mental illness.

Cycling is a low-impact exercise, causing less compressive strain than running or even walking. Cycling can be an easy exercise with low stress—perfect for beginners and people who are recovering or rehabilitating—or a fast-paced, demanding workout. Riding bicycles builds muscle, stamina, aerobic fitness, and strengthens the cardiovascular system. Bicycles can effectively replace a variety of tools and machines.

Advanced cyclists agree that the most effective way for a beginner to exercise is by performing sets, or repetitions, of low-intensity and high-intensity intervals. Following expert tips like these can ensure a cyclist’s safety and efficiency. 

1. Do sets. 

As a cyclist progresses, she or he will increase the number of sets done in one session. This is set that can be used by both beginners and advanced cyclists: two minutes hard, two minutes easy, one minute hard, one minute easy, 30 seconds hard, 30 seconds easy, 15 seconds hard, five minutes easy.

2. Explore. 

Many people go to the same gym or the same trail every day. One of the great benefits to    bicycling is that it can be done almost anywhere: the woods, neighborhoods, parks, sidewalks. By exploring new areas, cyclists feed the desire for adventure, making boredom an obscure relic.    

3. Safety first! 

Get good gear. This doesn’t mean that a bicycle has to be expensive or even new, but it is important for a cyclist to have reliable equipment. Every cyclist will need these things: helmet, pump, basic toolkit, and a water bottle.

4. Learn basic maintenance. 

Flat tires are a common occurrence for cyclists, and, while annoying at first, eventually, become a quick-fix that’s as second-nature as riding a bike. Experts recommend practicing changing tires at home, rather than frustrated on the side of a trail. Before embarking, a cyclist should perform a routine checklist to make sure every piece of equipment is working properly: wheels, chain, brakes, all of which can be maintained with minimal tools and training.

5. Ride in a pack. 

Riding with a group of friends is a great way to learn to keep a good, steady pace. Plus, time flies when you’re having fun, there’s safety in numbers, two heads are better than one, and all that.

The most important things for any beginning cyclist to remember are to be safe and to have fun. The benefits to cycling are seemingly endless, and the most difficult thing for a beginner is to start something new. Humans are creatures of habit, but, once our feet find comfort on the pedals, all kinds of adventures become apparent, and setting out on them becomes easier and easier. 

If you or someone you care about has been injured while cycling, contact Gary Brustin, “the bicycle lawyer.”