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Austin Injury Lawyer Offers 3 Bicycle Safety Tips

By Luke Dow on April 27, 2016

Keeping a four-wheeled gas guzzler running can be expensive. This is probably why more people in Austin are commuting to work by bicycle. Not only can you skip the traffic on a bike, but all that pedaling will keep you in top shape.

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Unfortunately, you are far more vulnerable on the saddle than in the driver's seat. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 494,000 cyclists were injured on U.S. roads in 2013 alone.

Here are a few bicycle safety tips that could save your life:

  • Follow the rules of the road;
  • Invest in safety gear;
  • And develop safe riding habits.
Unfortunately, nobody is immune to accidents. If you were injured by a negligent driver, contact the Luke Dow Law Firm. Mr. Dow is a board-certified personal-injury attorney with a reputation for winning cases.

Call 512-518-4104 to schedule a consultation with an Austin accident lawyer. Until then, read on to learn three bicycle safety tips:

  1. Follow the Rules of the Road
Make use of marked cycle lanes whenever they are available. Steer clear of highways, interstate routes, thruways and expressways, and obey traffic signs.

Stick as close to the right as possible, but be wary of hitting the curb. There have been numerous cases of cyclists being flung into speeding traffic after clipping the curb.

  1. Invest in Safety Gear
Your bicycle should have working brakes that are capable of making a braked wheel skid on a dry, level road. Do not ride your bicycle at night unless it has a front lamp that emits a white light visible from a distance of 500 feet. You should also install a red reflector or red light on the rear of the bicycle.

Of course, always wear a helmet when riding. A helmet will substantially reduce your chances of dying or suffering a serious injury in an accident.

  1. Develop Safe Riding Habits
Avoid listening to music: Ear buds and headphones will distract you and make it difficult for you to hear approaching vehicles and pedestrians. Save the tunes for the office or when you are safe at home.

Ride predictably: Weaving and winding along the road is a quick way to end up in an accident. Stick to riding in a straight line, and you will decrease your chances of taking a knock.

Be aware of blind spots: Do not ride in places where motorists cannot see you.

Wear bright colors: Staying visible will keep you safe.

Carry tools: You want to be able to deal with tire punctures quickly to avoid being stranded on the shoulder of a road.

No matter how prepared you are, all it takes is one negligent driver to put you in the hospital. If you were injured in a crash that another motorist caused, contact the Luke Dow Law Firm.

Luke Dow is an Austin accident attorney who can evaluate your collision, talk to witnesses, gather evidence and help you fight for the maximum compensation. Call 512-518-4104 to schedule a consultation.

 

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