While traveling by bicycle is a fun, effective, and environmentally friendly way to get around, there are dangers that come along with it. There are two main types of bicycle accidents: falls, which are most common, and those involving cars, which are most serious. Whether you travel by car, bike, or both, it is important to stay vigilant and follow the rules of the road for the safety of yourself and others; many accidents, injuries, and deaths can be avoided this way. Unfortunately, in 2018, 857 cyclists were killed in traffic accidents in the United States. When you are out on the road as a cyclist, please follow safety precautions and remember that all states require bicyclists to follow the same rules as motorists. Additionally, make sure that you are properly equipped. This means that your bike should fit you, function properly, and be equipped with safety gear such as reflectors and front and rear lights. Always wear a helmet and bright clothing so motorists and other cyclists can see you and ensure that shoelaces and pant legs are tied and tucked in, so they do not get caught in your bike chain. Finally, remember to plain your route ahead of time, choosing roads with dedicated bike lanes or lighter or slower traffic.
If you or a loved one has been involved in a bicycle accident, please contact Kauffman and Associates for a complimentary consultation. No case is too big or small. We can help ensure you obtain appropriate medical care and receive the maximum financial settlement possible for your pain and suffering.