The month of May is National Bike Safety Month, and our team of Houston Personal Injury Lawyers is happy to support a great initiative that keeps riders safe on local roads – especially as we ease our way into a new normal.
As the nation begins to slowly reopen businesses and relax stay-at-home orders amid warmer weather, many people will likely want to get out and hit the pavement on their bikes. While that means more riders on the road, it also means more motorists, including drivers who may be nervous behind the wheel from not driving as frequently in high-traffic areas during quarantine.
To help everyone stay free from harm, bike riders, motorcyclists, and drivers should all remember to put safety first when it comes time to venture out and take a few precautions to avoid bicycle accidents which can result in serious injuries.
1. Helmets: Always wear a proper-fitting helmet that meets U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) standards.
2. Pre-Ride Checks: Before heading out, take time to inspect your bike, checking for proper fit and function, and the condition of tires, brakes, handlebars and seats.
3. Ride with Traffic: Cyclists should ride in the same direction as motor vehicle traffic, and be predictable by riding in a straight line and using hand signals when turning or changing lanes.
4. Follow the Rules: Obey traffic signals, signs, and lane markings, and follow local laws regarding turns, bike lanes, drug or alcohol impairment and other traffic safety standards.
5. See and Be Seen: Riders should always stay focused and look ahead for traffic and obstacles in their path, and wear bright colors and use reflective materials and lights on bikes to be seen at night or in low-light conditions.
Statistics show that while the overall number of bicycle accidents in the country is declining, the number of fatal bike accidents is on the rise. In 2015, there were 45,000 reported bicycle accidents in the United States, down from 50,000 reported accidents in the prior year. However, the number of fatal accidents increased by more than 12 percent during this same time.
Biking will continue to become more popular in the United States. You can help to keep cyclists safe by advocating for bike-safety initiatives in your local city. For more information and a free case review if you have been injured on a bicycle, please call our experienced Houston Injury Lawyer today!