It’s almost a rite of passage for a child to learn how to ride a bicycle. Anyone walking down the street or driving a car on a New Jersey road during the summer is likely to see several children riding their bicycles on the sidewalk. And it’s not just kids who use bikes: more and more adults are riding bicycles these days as they look to stay healthy and reduce auto emissions caused by motor vehicles.
If you ride a bicycle, you need to be aware that there are significant safety risks. That’s because not everyone who operates a motor vehicle does so in a safe manner. Worse yet, a collision between a car and a bike will almost certainly result in injuries to the bicyclist because they are largely unprotected in the event of a crash.
There are certain things you can do to protect yourself while riding a bike. Staying safe should be your number-one priority, so consider these safety tips before setting out on a bicycle:
Wear a Helmet
You do not want to suffer a traumatic head injury if you are hit by a car or are involved in some other type of bicycle accident that results in a blow to the head. That’s why you should always wear a helmet while riding your bicycle. Moreover, you need to make sure that the helmet meets certain safety standards and is properly fitted to your head.
Stay Focused and Alert
Many motorists fail to pay attention to the road because they are busy using their cell phones to talk or text while driving. Do not make the same mistake while riding your bicycle. Keep both hands on the handlebars and keep your eyes on the path in front of you.
Avoid Night Riding
Motorists may struggle to see bicyclists on the road at night. Even if you are wearing bright-colored clothing and place reflectors on your bike, it may not be enough to prevent a bicycle accident. So try to avoid riding your bicycle when it gets dark outside.
If you were injured in a bicycle accident in New Jersey, you need a qualified personal injury lawyer representing you. The experienced personal injury attorneys at Rudnick, Addonizio, Pappa & Casazza PC can help you get the compensation you deserve. Contact us anytime to schedule a free consultation about your case.