Avoiding the Most Common Bicycle Accident Injuries
Bicycle accident cases have increased in California in recent years, raising the concerns of many experienced California personal injury lawyers.
The most common bicycle accident injuries include damage to the head and brain, spinal cord injuries, and broken bones. Any of these injuries can cause severe pain, lingering impairments, and significant difficulties, some of which may last a lifetime. In the worst cases, severe bicycle accident injuries result in death.
Here are some ways to help reduce your risk of severe injuries and protect yourself when you’re out riding. When you drive, avoid distractions behind the wheel and always scan for bicyclists as well as cars – especially at intersections, where bicyclists are most difficult to see.
- Wear a helmet. A helmet can prevent many mild head and brain injuries in a crash, and it may reduce the severity of more serious injuries. Make sure the helmet fits the cyclist’s head properly, and always secure the chin strap while riding.
- Be seen. Increase your visibility by wearing bright clothing or gear with reflective strips. Make sure your bicycle is equipped with reflectors and with lights, especially if you are going to be riding in low-light conditions.
- Practice safe riding. Bicyclists have the same legal right in California to use the roads as cars have, but only if bicyclists follow all traffic laws. Classes on bicycle safety can help you ride defensively and practice the safest methods for traveling while still ensuring you follow state and local “rules of the road.” Remember that many drivers won’t be looking for you, so ride in a way that helps you avoid a collision even if the other driver doesn’t see you.
If you have sustained considerable damages in a bicycle accident that wasn’t your fault, you may be entitled to compensation. Contact The Law Firm of Joseph H. Low IV to get immediate legal assistance.