Negotiating Road Hazards While Cycling in California

Negotiating Road Hazards While Cycling in California

Bicycling, whether for transportation or recreational purposes, can be hazardous at times, especially when certain road conditions make cycling more difficult. Fortunately, there are some common-sense tips that you can follow that will help you stay safe and avoid bicycle accidents while cycling. Although no precautions are fool-proof, following this advice makes it more likely that you will avoid injuries while riding your bike.

First, if you are traveling on a gravel or chip-sealed roadway, you should do your best to pedal through these roads rather than coast. If you feel yourself gaining too much speed for the conditions, however, and you start to slide, you should back off pedaling, avoid braking, and remain in your saddle so that your weight will help keep your bike on the ground and upright. When rounding corners on a gravel road or path, you also should take the turns wide and refrain from leaning as much as you normally would when riding around corners.

Wet roads are another common hazard that may befall cyclists. When it initially starts to rain, roads are at their slickest, as the rain combines with the oil from vehicles on the road to coat the road with a sheen that is extremely slippery. Therefore, you should take immediate precautions to slow down and anticipate slipperiness as it begins to rain. The slickest part of wet roads are the stripes painted on them. If you must cross a painted line, try to do so at a right angle as much as possible and gradually cross the line, rather than trying to abruptly cross the line.

These are only a few of the potential road hazards that you might face when cycling. If you are unable to avoid a road hazard or if a vehicle has caused you to be involved in a bicycle accident, you may need legal representation and advice. When you have been injured in a bicycle accident, you need an attorney who 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.

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