Whether you ride your bike to work, use it for exercise or for leisure, you need to be aware of the dangerous situations that could put your life at risk when you’re biking around. From distracted drivers to poor road conditions, there are many hazards on the road that could result in a serious injury. In fact, thousands of Canadians are severely injured every year on their bicycles. To stay safe, here’s what to look out for.
Bicycle accidents are often caused by other people. Drivers who fail to check their blind spots when turning or changing lanes can cause serious injury to cyclists. Riders need to be on guard when cycling through intersections and on designated bike paths. They also need to pay attention to vehicles parked on the street and for drivers who suddenly open their doors.
Turning Without Looking
Drivers are not the only culprits when it comes to unsafe lane changes. Cyclists who make quick lane changes or turns without looking to ensure the area is clear, can come in contact with a pedestrian or an approaching vehicle. Stay safe by adding a mirror to your handlebars and check your surroundings frequently, and before making any sudden moves.
Failing to Yield
Biking through stop signs and failing to yield to other cyclists can be extremely dangerous and even fatal. Always follow the rules, use proper hand signals and be courteous to others who have the right of away.
Poor Road Conditions
Potholes, large rocks and loose pavement can also cause serious cycling accidents. Maintaining a safe speed and keeping your hands securely on the handlebars will help ensure you’re equipped to react quickly if the road conditions suddenly change.
Train tracks can become slippery in the rain, leading to skid-outs. Bicycle tires can also get logged in streetcar tracks, projecting riders right over their handlebars. To avoid injury when crossing tracks, slow down and position your tires at a 45-degree angle.
If you’re speeding and weaving through traffic (especially with earbuds in) the likelihood of an accident increases tenfold. The higher the speed, the more severe the injury. So only ride at a speed where you can always maintain full control.
Bicycle accidents can cause traumatic injuries that can result in expensive medical bills, disability and financial loss. If you are injured while biking, you may be eligible for compensation. Call us at Zuber Brioux today.