While bicycling is a favored method of transportation for many Texas citizens, it is, unfortunately, not the safest travel option. Each year, countless bicyclists are involved in collisions and accidents that lead to severe injuries and tragic fatalities. In fact, between 2007 and 2012, there were over 12,000 injuries and nearly 300 reported fatalities in Texas. Unlike other transportation methods, bicycles lack external safety options that could prevent riders from sustaining detrimental injuries.
At The Stewart Law Firm, PLLC, we’ve represented countless clients suffering the difficult and sometimes heartbreaking repercussions of bicycle accidents. As such, we’ve compiled a list of 2 safety tips that may protect you while you’re cruising the roads of Texas.
Tip #1: Wear the Appropriate Equipment
Because bicycles lack built-in protection features, your only protection in an accident may be the gear you’re wearing. A helmet, in particular, is a vital accessory that reduces a bicyclist’s risk of fatality by 90%. It also protects a rider from sustaining significant brain injuries.
Protective gear can include:
- Bright clothing
- Reflective tape
- Safe shoes with thick soles
Distracted driving is one of the greatest threats to bicyclists. A great way to protect yourself from motor vehicles is to wear vibrant, colorful clothing and protective gear. You can also attach reflective tape to your clothing to ensure extra visibility.
Tip #2: Be Aware of Your Surroundings
When riding your bike, it’s imperative that you remain aware of your surrounding and keep watch for potential safety hazards. After all, it isn’t just cars that have the ability to knock you from your bike.
Avoidable safety hazards include:
- Wet roads
- Debris and litter
- Cracked concrete
- Uneven surfaces
- Rocks and gravel
- Oil slicks
The best way to avoid safety hazards is to ride with friends. A large group offers protection to riders because they are easier for drivers to see and avoid. Equally important, bicyclists in a group can effectively communicate potential safety hazards to each other.
Riding at night can be dangerous for bicyclists because it’s impossible to have perfect spatial awareness in the dark. If you must ride at night, try to stay in lighted areas and wear your vibrant protective gear and reflective tape. After all, motorists find it equally challenging to notice bicycles at night.
Retain Dependable Representation
Contact The Stewart Law Firm, PLLC if you’ve been injured in an accident due to the negligent actions of a driver or a property owner. Our Austin bicycle accident attorney is a seasoned, trial-tested litigator and can help you pursue financial damages. We work on a contingency fee basis, so you don’t pay any legal fees unless we win.
We offer 24/7 legal service. Contact our Austin bicycle accident attorney at (512) 271-5112 if you’re ready to file a personal injury claim.