Fall is one of the best times of year to be a cyclist in Virginia. The scenery is beautiful and the weather is mild. But no matter what time of year you ride your bike, you face serious risks from other road users. When you ride your bike, especially if you bike in an urban area, your biggest priority should be reducing your risks of being struck by vehicles.
Here’s how to stay safe while cycling:
- Wear a helmet—Just as wearing a helmet saves motorcyclists’ lives, it can also save your life if you’re struck by a vehicle while riding your bike. Make sure your helmet fits you properly, and replace your helmet if it gets damaged in a crash.
- Obey traffic laws—When you bike on public streets, you’re required to obey traffic laws just like people in cars, trucks, and SUVs. That means you need to come to a complete stop at stop signs and red lights, obey the speed limit, and maintain your lane.
- Avoid distractions—Riding a bicycle requires focus and concentration. If you’re listening to music, engrossed in a podcast or audiobook, or looking at your phone, your focus won’t be on your surroundings. Keep distractions to a minimum while riding, and ensure your eyes, ears, and mind are focused on staying safe.
Even the safest and most conscientious cyclists can be seriously injured when other drivers are negligent, careless, or reckless. If you or someone you love is injured while riding a bike in Virginia, Lowell Stanley Injury Lawyers wants to help.