Bicycle Accident Common Injuries

  • Fractured clavicle
  • Broken leg
  • Hand fracture
  • Brain injury
  • Elbow fracture
  • Head and neck injuries
  • Nerve damage
  • Paralysis
  • Joint dislocation
  • Dental and jaw injuries

How to Avoid Cycling Injuries

Serious injuries greatly diminish a cyclist’s quality of life. Even if you heal properly and quickly, the original injury may cause the affected site to deteriorate gradually over time, often leading to arthritis and other disorders. The most important and powerful safety points include the following:

  1. Always wear your helmet. Always, always, always! It is mandatory if you are under age 18 and recommended for all.
  2. Over 80% of bike accidents can be avoided mainly by paying attention to your environment as you ride.
  3. Visibility is the key to cycling safely. Constantly scan in front and to the sides.
  4. Use your rear-view mirrors! This expands your field of vision considerably.
  5. Learn and use hand signals. They are simple and they are a requirement, not an option.
  6. Bicyclists must obey the same rules of the road as motorists.
  7. Do not ride recklessly. Do not run stop signs or stop lights.
  8. Wear bright-colored clothing.
  9. Share the roads with motor vehicles.
  10. Use appropriate lighting equipment at night.
  11. Cyclists must ride in the same direction as other traffic, not against it.
  12. Ride as close as practicable to the right side of the roadway when traveling slower than the flow of traffic
  13. Double check traffic when approaching a situation where vehicles have the option to execute right or left turns.

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