It doesn’t matter where you’re riding your bike or how much experience you have in the seat, you’re always at risk of an accident. And for that reason, you should prepare to the best of your ability.
In addition to wearing all the necessary protective gear, such as a helmet, it’s good to know the most common causes of bicycle accidents. Consider the following problems you may encounter on the road:
- Reckless drivers: This comes in many forms, such as speeding, failure to yield, failure to stop for pedestrians (cyclists) in a crosswalk and neglecting to stop at traffic lights and stop signs.
- Distracted driving: When a driver is distracted, they’re not taking in everything that’s happening around them. This increases the likelihood that they’ll lose track of you, thus causing an accident.
- Driving under the influence: When a driver is intoxicated, they’re not in the right frame of mind. The inability to make sound decisions and follow good judgment has the potential to cause an accident.
Along with the above, you also have to contend with things such as other pedestrians, roadway hazards and malfunctioning traffic lights.
If you’re injured in a bicycle accident, stay where you are, assess yourself for injuries and decide how to best get help. Since it’s better to be safe than sorry, you should call 911 to request an ambulance.
Upon receiving treatment, you’ll have a better understanding of your injuries, treatment schedule and long-term prognosis. This is the type of information that will guide you in the future, such as when it comes time to consider your legal rights for seeking compensation.