Cyclists know they're at risk because drivers often don't see them. To combat this, many turn to high-visibility clothing. But does wearing red, bright green or orange really help avoid accidents?
You know that there are dangerous times to be in your car. Many accidents happen during rush hour, for instance, and a high number of fatal crashes happen at night.
Cyclists are supposed to ride the same direction as the traffic. Yes, that does mean that cyclists do not see vehicles coming and may have less warning in the event of an accident. However, riding against traffic, even though you can see, is far more dangerous.
You know that drivers don't always get along with cyclists. Despite the increase in the popularity of cycling recently -- some reports indicate that it's become 46 percent more popular -- there are still a lot of conflicts. Sometimes these lead to road rage and accidents. Why does this happen?
It's crucial to always get contact information after a crash. That's true even if you think that you're fine.
Car vs. bicycle accidents happen for a variety of reasons, but one of the most common is simple: The driver of the car looked right at the bicycle, did not see it or did not realize what it was fast enough, and hit it.
Cyclists have seen the bike accident statistics. They've been in traffic. They know how dangerous it is to ride next to 3,000-pound vehicles, and they know that drivers don't always like to share the road.
You never leave your helmet at home when you hop on your bike. You know the dangers of a head injury. You commute to work on your bike every day, and you always have that helmet on while you do it.
For bicyclists, every trip on the roads is potentially dangerous. Drivers are behind the wheels of vehicles hundreds of pounds heavier than a bicycle. An impact can throw a cyclist, cause severe injuries or even crush him or her.
Bicyclists are out on the roads more than ever today. Part of the reason is because gasoline was expensive for several years. Another reason is because it's good exercise. Regardless of the reason you choose to be on the roads on your bicycle, it's important that you can stay safe.