Bicycling is enjoyed by millions of American and Indiana residents. Unfortunately, it can also be a dangerous one with thousands of people being injured and killed in a car accident every year. Thankfully, there are a variety of ways to stay safe on the road.
How cyclists can stay safe
It is vital to remember that bicycle safety is not optional; a failure to take care of yourself on the road can lead to serious personal injury. Furthermore, not exercising caution on the road can expose you or others to serious legal liability.
There are many ways to ensure that you are a safe bicyclist. These include the following:
• Wear bright, highly visible clothing, particularly if you are out at night or in a poorly lit section of the road. This will help ensure that drivers can see you.
• Obey all local traffic laws, speed limits, and signals. This includes Stop signs.
• Wear a helmet. Helmets save thousands of lives every year.
• Take a bicycle safety course in your local area or state. This can help you learn best practices and ensure that you are knowledgeable of all local laws.
• Prepare for your trip by planning. Know what roads you will take, and make sure that those roads are safe for bicycles.
• Inspect your equipment before leaving. This can help prevent a mechanical malfunction.
Obeying traffic laws will help you stay safe and protect others on the road, but you can’t control the actions of other drivers. If a negligent car driver hits you because they were distracted, speeding, or otherwise not following safe practices, you could get seriously injured. You may need to file a personal injury lawsuit against them or their insurance company to pay for all your medical bills.