Riding a Bicycle in Traffic
People enjoy riding their bicycles recreationally, to see nature, or as a form of exercise. Still others use their bikes as a primary form of transportation. This latter group experiences all of the benefits of cycling while saving money on gasoline. These riders, however, are likely to ride their bicycles in areas with heavier traffic, exposing them to a greater risk of accident and injury.
Cyclists are at a distinct disadvantage in traffic. Visibility is a primary issue, but many drivers are not accustomed to the speed and maneuverability bicycles in their lane. These are just a few of the factors that contributed to the 51,000 injuries that occurred in traffic accidents involving bicycles which occurred in 2009.
You will never be able to control the actions of the people with whom you share the road. Despite this, there are some things that you can do while riding your bicycle in traffic to help protect yourself. These suggestions include:
- Both hands should remain on your handlebars, with the exception of signaling a turn or stop.
- Do not overload your bike, either with cargo or people.
- Never attach your bicycle to a motorized vehicle.
- At night, your bike should be equipped with a light in the front and back.
In addition to these tips, safety equipment that provides protection and increased visibility should always be worn.
Drivers will make mistakes. The problem for cyclists is that relatively minor mistakes in a car can wreak havoc on a bicycle and its rider. If a driver’s maneuver in heavy traffic caused an accident involving your bike, contact the Appleton car accident attorneys of Habush Habush & Rottier S.C., at 800-242-2874.