Bicycle accidents continue to be a source of serious and even fatal injuries across the state of California and in other states across the nation. Although there is no foolproof way to prevent every accident, bicyclists can use proper safety equipment while riding in order to minimize their risk of injuries if an accident were to occur.
Bicycle helmets are one important way to ensure the safety of all bicyclists. In addition to always wearing a helmet while riding, bicyclists also should ensure that the helmet fits properly. The Bicycle Safety Helmet Institute offers ratings of different helmets, as well as providing guidelines for getting a proper fit.
Other essential safety gear for bike riders includes bright clothing worn during the daytime and reflective clothing worn at night. You also can purchase shoes with reflectors on them and add reflective tape to your bike. All bicycles should have a white front light and a red rear light and reflectors. These safety measures are designed to enhance the visibility of bicyclists.
According to the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA), you also should only ride bikes that fit your size; if your bike is too big for you, it will be harder for you to control it. You also should carry all belongings in a backpack or other bag strapped securely to the back of your bike, as well as make sure that your shoelaces are tied tightly and your pant legs are not in danger of becoming caught in the bicycle chain.
In some cases, taking the proper safety precautions cannot prevent bicycle accidents. When you have been injured in a bicycle accident, you need an attorney who knows bike laws and can stand up for your interests from the outset of your personal injury claim. It is our goal to evaluate the facts, assess your claim, explore your options, and help you build the strongest claim for compensation possible against those who are responsible for the accident that led to your injuries. Do not hesitate to contact Bonnici Law Group at 619-259-5199 today and set up an appointment to speak with us soon.