May is Bike Safety Month
The month of May is National Bike Month, according to the League of American Bicyclists. Bike month dates back to 1956 and its purpose is to embrace the sport of bike riding, to showcase the benefits that come with biking, and to encourage others to try out biking for themselves.
Bicycle riding has become an increasingly popular way to commute because of environmental and health advantages; however, as more people have embraced riding, the number of bike accidents occurring has been steadily increasing. These bike accidents can be life-changing and it is important for those who are hurt, or whose loved ones are killed, to get help from a Miami personal injury attorney to pursue a claim for compensation if someone else causes a bike accident.
Bike accidents can be especially dangerous and deadly for riders due to the fact there aren’t technologies on bikes developed to reduce crash injuries, as there are in vehicles. Bike riders are far more likely to get hurt with nothing to protect them from the force or impact of a crash, compared with drivers whose cars absorb impact.
Because of the risks, both bicycle riders and drivers should make sure to follow best practices for safety. With May designated as bicycle safety month, now is the optimum time to review some key safety tips to reduce the chance of a collision occurring or causing serious harm.
Bike Safety Tips to Reduce Accident Risks
National Safety Council provided some tips and advice for bike riders to prevent accidents during bicycle safety month this May. Some of the tips include:
- Protecting your head with a helmet: Bike riders can reduce the risk of head injury by around 60 percent and can drop their chances of brain injury by 58 percent just by wearing a helmet. Wearing a helmet is essential because typically the body flies forward off the bike in a collision so the head is most likely to get struck first. A helmet ensures that there’s more to protect your brain than just skin and bones, which won’t be enough cushioning if you hit your head in a fall.
- Following traffic rules: Bicycle riders are expected to obey the rules in the same way as motor vehicle drivers do. This includes riding in the appropriate direction with traffic and using hand signals to signify when you are turning.
- Making yourself visible: When riding, wear brightly colored clothing and use reflectors when riding at night.
Unfortunately, even if bicycle riders are very careful, it only takes a second for the driver of a car to make a mistake and cause a bike accident resulting in serious or fatal injuries. If you or someone you love is hurt in a bike accident, it’s important to hold a driver accountable if the motorist was to blame. A Miami personal injury attorney can provide you with representation and assistance in recovering monetary compensation for bike accident injuries, so give us a call today to find out about the help we can offer.