If you use a bicycle as your primary mode of transportation or like biking as a fun hobby or a great form of exercise, one thing that you might worry about is bicycle accidents. As you probably already know, a bicycle accident can lead to serious injury — or even death. Luckily, following a few simple tips can help you stay safe.
1. Keep Your Bike in Good Shape
First of all, you have to make sure that you keep your bike in good shape. Inspect it regularly, and make sure that the chain, the brakes and the tires are in good shape. Also, check your bike for rust or other signs of wear and tear that could potentially result in an accident. Have parts repaired or replaced as needed.
2. Dress for the Occasion
Every time that you hop on your bike, you should make sure that you are properly dressed for the occasion. Don’t wear clothing that is too loose — it could get caught in your chain or your tires. Also, make sure that you always wear a helmet and other essential safety gear, and wear bright colors and a reflective vest in dark conditions so that you can be easily seen.
3. Follow Biking Safety Tips
Make sure that you always operate your bike safely. Ride on the proper side of the road, and use hand signals to keep nearby motorists informed of what you are doing.
Some accidents cannot be avoided, but taking the proper precautions can help you stay safe. If you do find yourself in a bicycle accident, contact us at the Law Office of Gary Brustin to find out how we can help.