Bicycling can be a fantastic way to get in some recreation time or to get from place to place efficiently and fossil fuel-free. However, bicyclists are more vulnerable than most other people on the roadway, particularly and incidents involving other vehicles. If you are a regular bicycle rider, there are various precautions you can take to avoid injuries. The Pittsburgh bicycle accident lawyers at Shenderovich, Shenderovich & Fishman want to review some of these safety tips with you.
How common are bicycle accident injuries?
During the latest reporting year in Pennsylvania, there were 974 total bicycle accidents reported to the Department of Transportation. Out of those incidents, there were 18 fatalities and 962 injuries reported. Looking at those numbers, we can see that a high percentage of bicycle accidents result in injuries or fatalities.
Steps to take to avoid Pittsburg bicycle injuries
- Riders must follow traffic laws. Bicyclists are required to follow the same traffic laws as vehicle drivers. This includes stopping at stop signs and red lights and yielding when appropriate.
- Always wear a helmet. Studies show that bicyclists who do not wear helmets are 14 times more likely to sustain fatal head injuries in an accident.
- Ride in residential areas. If you can avoid highways and busy city streets, you should do so. These areas are much less congested and have lower speed limits.
- Make yourself visible. Wear brightly colored clothing, especially if you are riding in the evening or at night. Make sure your bike has reflectors and lights.
- Properly maintain your bike. Make sure your bicycle is in good working order, including the brakes, chains, tires, and gears.
- Minimize distractions. Despite the popularity of headphones (many of which are now wireless), you need to be able to hear your surroundings when riding.
- Use proper hand signals. Drivers need to know when you plan to turn, so brush up on the proper hand signals for stopping, turning, and changing lanes.
- Be careful when passing. If you are passing a large truck or bus that has a large blind spot, take extra precautions.
- Watch out for parked cars. Keep a safe distance from parked cars in case a door swings open.
- Be mindful of the weather. Slick roadways (whether they are wet, snowy, or icy) are particularly dangerous. Avoid riding in these conditions.
Let us help you secure the compensation you need
If you or a loved one have been injured in a bicycle accident that was caused by someone else’s reckless or negligent actions, seek legal assistance today. The qualified and experienced team at Shenderovich, Shenderovich & Fishman will get to work investigating your case in order to secure the following:
- All bicycle crash-related medical expenses
- Lost income and benefits if you are unable to work
- Pain and suffering and loss of enjoyment of life damages
- Possible punitive damages against those responsible
When you need a Pittsburgh bicycle accident lawyer, you can contact us for a free consultation by clicking here or calling 1-888-988-9467.