Four Common Sense Tips to Avoid Bicycle Accidents
Bicycle accidents occur more frequently than one would think. In 2009 alone, more than six hundred people were killed while riding their bikes. Most of those killed that year were men. In fact, a whopping eighty-seven percent of those killed in bicycle accidents were men.
These numbers are frightening, especially for men. However, keep in mind a lot of these deaths could be avoided with proper care.
Tips to Avoid Bicycle Accidents
1. Wear a helmet. This is one of the simplest, yet most ignored, actions one can take to ensure safety while on the road. Many people don’t wear helmets because of superficial reasons. They think they look ridiculous in a helmet or that it’ll mess up their hair for work. These worries may be true, but weigh the pros and cons of not wearing a helmet. Make a list. Surely all the cons won’t add up to the pro of a life being saved.
2. A lot of these bicycle accidents which resulted in death occurred in cities or other urban environments. One’s first thought may be to avoid riding in cities in the first place, but that may be a bit rash. Many people find riding their bicycles to work provides them with many health benefits, not to mention the help one gives to the environment when doing so.
The answer is not to give up a morning commute to work on a bicycle, but to focus on making that morning ride safer. Bicyclists enjoy the freedom and stress relief that riding a bike offers. Many even wear headphones and listen to music. Music makes a bike ride more enjoyable, but it also detracts from one’s alertness. It’s much harder to hear a vehicle come up behind you while music is blaring in your ears.
Much can be said about this, but take one thing into consideration. Music isn’t needed to make a morning bike ride relaxing. The ride does it by itself. So take the time to clear your thoughts and let nature speak to you.
3. Most bicycle accidents occur between the hours of 4 a.m. and 8 p.m. What a statistic! Another way of looking at this is that most people are active during those times of day. Take simple steps to ride defensively. Pay attention to others around you and never trust that a vehicle will stop for you until you see them slow down significantly.
4. Leave early for work. This ensures that you’ll have enough time to relax and pay attention while riding. Bicycle accidents usually occur when the rider is in a rush and not paying attention. Everyone has mornings, though, where the alarm clock doesn’t ring and nothing seems to go right. When those mornings hit, make a conscious effort to not speed to work on your bicycle. You may get to work a few minutes late, but that’s better than missing months recovering from an accident.
These are four common sense tips to make sure you get the most out of your ride to work while avoiding the hazards of the road.
If you have been involved in a bicycle accident and have been injured, contact our San Jose accident attorney using the form above or phone number provided.
[Source: Edgar Snyder Bicycle Statistics]