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.
This is why it's important for cyclists to be safe on the roads. It's not enough just to wear a helmet and ride along the side of the road. You need to know the rules of the road and make sure to stay vigilant when you ride.
What shouldn't you do? Avoid wearing headphones, first. Yes, it's exciting to go on a bike ride, and wearing headphones lets you listen to your music on the go. The problem is that you won't be able to hear cars as they approach, which means you could end up in a bike crash as a result.
Another thing to avoid is riding against traffic. Cyclists should always ride on the correct side of the road following the movement of traffic. That may go against everything you've ever been told, but going against the traffic slow is actually more dangerous than riding with it.
If you are hit by a car, take time to collect information from witnesses at the scene. Their testimonies can help you confirm your side of the story and fight for the compensation you deserve after you file a claim against the driver. Their information about what happened could make a difference in your settlement.
Our website has more information about what you should do if you get into a cycling accident. With the right help, you can pursue the compensation you need as you heal.