Avoiding Cycling Accidents
Cycling to and from a location is a popular form of transportation during the summer months. While it is popular, cyclists and motorist should be on alert of each other. There is a high possibility of the two colliding with each other, causing a serious injury. To reduce your risk of bicycle and car accidents, here are a few tips!
- For cyclists, wearing your helmet is one of the most important things you can do to protect yourself. They can help prevent injuries to your head or brain in the event that you are in an accident. Head injuries are the main reason of death for cyclists so wearing a helmet will help reduce this chance. While Massachusetts doesn’t require adult cyclists to wear a helmet, we encourage you to stay safe by wearing one!
- While you’re biking on the road, reduce your chance of an accident by following and obeying all bicycle traffic laws. Below, are some of the laws you should follow:
- Do not ride with a child under four unless they are in an appropriate baby seat
- Do not ride more than two abreast in one lane
- Keep at least one hand on your handlebars at all times
- Make sure any packages you’re carrying don’t hinder operation of the bike
- Keep brakes maintained so you can stop efficiently
- If riding at night, use a bicycle light on the front and back of your bike
- If making any turns, be sure to use your hand signals. Bikes don’t have normal signaling devices so it can hard for a driver of a car to determine which way you may be going. Make your actions known by using hand signals.
- If possible, take a route you know will be less trafficked. Cycling in high trafficked locations puts you at a larger risk of being in an accident.
- Regardless if you’re on a bike or in a car, you should always be operating defensively. Be aware of other drivers who may not be driving as safely as you are. Because you are on a bike, even a small accident can cause major damage and injuries for yourself.
If you or someone you know have been involved in a cycling accident, contact the Law Office of Stephen M. Forlizzi to handle your personal injury claims. We will work to ensure you received the results you deserve. For more information or for a free consultation, contact 978-739-4898 or fill out our contact form.