Riding a bike is a favorite summer past- time for both kids and adults alike. There are many benefits to riding a bike such as relieving stress, increased muscle strength, and improves posture and coordination. While riding a bike is fun and has many health benefits, it is important to stay safe while riding a bike.
Bike Safety Tips
Wearing a helmet while riding will reduce your risk of injury by 85%; and in some states, it’s required by law. Always keep your head up and be aware of your surroundings. Doing so allows you to react and maneuver in case an obstacle was to obstruct your path such as a moving car were to obstruct your path It is recommended that you not wear headphones while riding since it blocks out important warning signs such as a car horn or people nearby. Remember to ride on the right side of the road, never against the traffic. If you disobey this rule, you are putting yourself at risk for a bicycle accident or a ticket.
Planning is important, especially when riding in a group. Be sure to agree on the route ahead of time and have a plan on what will happen if a member of the group becomes injured or separated by traffic ahead of time. If you consistently ride the same route; you might want to try something new. However, if you choose to do so, it is advised that you check out local laws and rules first.
Night Riding & Equipment
When riding at night, motorists might have a hard time seeing you so it’s important to wear reflecting clothing. Reflective clothing such as neon attracts the attention of drivers to alert them that you are nearby and giving them enough time to stop should your paths cross. Finally, make sure your bike is well maintained, keep chains clean, and inspect breaks regularly. While it might seem like a hassle, regular maintenance on your bike could save your life.
Who Can Help?
If you are involved in a bicycle accident an experienced bicycle accident attorney like Rob Levine & Associates can help. Your main priority should be getting the treatment you need while attorneys handle the logistics of the claim. Rob Levine and Associates builds value onto your claims- damages to your property are secondary if your bicycle is damaged, we will contact the liable insurance company and get the repairs started. If your bicycle is beyond repair, we will work with the liable insurance company to get you reimbursed for a new one. You should be focused on getting better, not dealing with the hassle of the insurance company. Call us today at 401-424-5213 to find out how we can help you!