With the high likelihood of warm weather and clear skies approaching, many people will be cycling around Lafayette, Lake Charles and especially around UL-Lafayette.
However, bicycles offer no protection from collisions and are difficult to spot. Safety is paramount when riding. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration statistics show that in 2013, 48,000 cyclists were injured in collisions with vehicles. Bicycle accidents that do not involve vehicles are also common. If you are going to hop on your bike this spring and summer, you should continue reading.
Visibility is the difference between life and death: If you are riding a bicycle, you are difficult to spot, even during daylight. At night or during the late afternoon, your risk of collision goes up even more. So how can you improve your chances of avoiding catastrophe? Wearing bright colors makes it easier for motorists to see you. Riding in groups may help visibility during the day or night. If riding at night, putting reflective tape on clothing or on your bicycle may help improve visibility for passing vehicles. Bicycle lights are also not a bad idea.
Wear a helmet: Bicycle accidents are very likely to cause brain injuries. Although helmets cannot prevent concussions, they can reduce the risk of far more serious or fatal brain injuries.
Be cautious at intersections: Cyclists are at serious risk while riding near intersections. Let’s be honest, there are plenty of bad drivers, so it helps to be extra cautious in places where you are likely to be hit. Learn and use traffic signals for cyclists and pay extra attention when traversing intersections.
You May Have Options if Bicycle Safety Tips Fail
There are no shortages of negligent or reckless drivers, including those who are distracted, drunk or both. If you are hit by one of these drivers, or have a family member who has been injured, it is important to call an attorney. As we have said, bicycle accidents often cause brain injuries, and in some cases, they can cause permanent disability and leave survivors with hundreds of thousands of dollars in medical bills.
Galloway Jefcoat is a Lafayette personal injury law firm dedicated to helping the victims of negligence put their lives back together.