Safety Tips for Avoiding Bicycle Accidents
FAQs about Bicycle Safety
Following safety tips can help you avoid bicycle accidents, which often involve serious injuries or death, especially when a large vehicle is involved. Riding bicycles is popular in New York, and many people ride bikes for recreation, to get exercise or to commute to work. In New York City, bicyclists are a common form of delivery service.
Frequently Asked Questions
The following are some frequently asked questions based on the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) safety guidelines.
What should you know about helmets?
Safety laws require bikers to wear helmets. They can prevent concussions and other serious injuries to the head. Furthermore, a proper helmet fit is vital for your protection. Keep in mind, sizes often vary, depending on the manufacturer. Take the time to ensure you have a proper fit. Trying on the helmet, looking in a mirror and having someone else adjust the straps is a good way to see whether the fit is right for you.
When, where and why do most bike accidents happen?
The highest incidence of bike accidents are during the summer during the months of June through September. About 75 percent of bike accidents take place in urban areas. The most common cause of fatal bike crashes are failure to yield the right-of-way. Not being adequately visible is the second major cause of fatality. Bicyclists should be aware of the fact that they must follow the same rules of the road as motorists.
What are some precautions to take before heading out on your bike?
Take the following precautions:
- Ensure the bike is the right size and not too big to control easily
- All the aspects of the bike should be functional—especially the brakes, night lights, and reflectors
- Wear safety equipment: helmet, bright clothing and reflective gear
- Only one person should ride per seat and should have both hands on the handlebars unless signaling to turn
- Use a backpack strapped to the back of the bike to carry items
- Tuck in shoe laces and pants legs to avoid getting them caught in the bike chain
- Plan a safe route ahead time that avoids traffic as much as possible and has bike lanes
What actions can help you to ride defensively?
Stay alert and follow these defensive riding guidelines:
- Ride in the same direction as the flow of traffic
- Pay attention to road signs, signals and markings
- Assume the other driver doesn’t see you and don’t take risks
- Check ahead for hazards or situations to avoid, such as loose gravel, potholes, grates and train tracks
- Do not engage in anything that distracts you (listening to music, texting, etc.)
Get Legal Help if You’re in a Bike Crash
If you suffer from a serious injury caused by a bike crash, it is wise to seek legal help as soon as possible. A lawyer can help you protect your rights and deal with insurance companies. You want to ensure that an insurance company’s settlement offer covers your medical bills and lost wages. Typically, their push to settle a claim early will be in their favor, not yours. Find out how we can help. To schedule a free consultation with an experienced attorney, contact us online or call (631) 547-8989 today.
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