Spring is finally here! That means many more people will be outside enjoying the weather and riding their bicycles. However, this also means that these same people are at a higher risk for accident and injury on the road. According to some reports, about half a million people each year need medical treatment as a result of of bike accidents, and almost a thousand people die each year. Most of these deaths are the result of a brain injury. In general, many of these accidents involve a brain injury too, some of which are difficult or impossible to fully recover from.
So, how can you keep yourself safe while out biking?
- Obviously, wearing a helmet should be a top priority!
- Make sure your bike is safe to ride. Check out the tires, seats, brakes, and chain frequently.
- Place reflectors on your bike so you can be seen from all angles.
- Make sure you leave plenty of space between cars--both moving and parked--when riding! Even if a car isn't in motion, you don't want to be hit if someone opens their car door near you.
Throughout the warmer months and through the end of fall, many people gravitate outside to run, bike, walk, and spend time with their families. Although this can provide an excellent outlet for fun and recreation, it can also lead to potential bicycle and pedestrian accidents. When driving around, be alert for pedestrians and bicyclists on the road, especially small children that may not be easily seen. By being alert and considerate and sharing the road, you will avoid serious injuries and complications to those around you. If you plan to bike or run outside, wear bright colors and make sure that you give appropriate and clear turning signals with your arms so that drivers know when and where you intend to turn.
Attorney Douglas V. Stoehr works with clients who have been injured in pedestrian and bicycle accidents. If you would like a consultation regarding your personal injury, please contact our law office at 814-946-4100.
Thank you to Loyola University Chicago for the helpful tips! Read more about bicycle safety on their website.