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Bike Safety Tips

| Mar 22, 2013 | Uncategorized |

By following these simple tips, you can keep yourself safe when you go out for a ride.

  • Wear A Helmet: Studies have shown riders wearing helmets can reduce their chances of brain injury by as much as 88 percent. There is no question in their effectiveness. In a collision between your head and another object, be it a car or the ground, a helmet can make the difference between life and death.

  • Obey traffic laws: Cyclists owe the same obligations under the law as any other vehicle on the road. That means stopping at stop signs and red lights, staying in the correct lanes, and yielding when necessary.

  • Do NOT hug the curb: This sounds counter-intuitive, but giving yourself some space between the curb allows you room to move in case a vehicle approaches you from behind without leaving enough room to avoid you.

  • Get a mirror: Install a mirror on your bike to see approaching traffic. If a driver doesn’t see you by chance, at least you’ll see them coming and be able to take action.

  • Install and Wear Reflectors: Installing reflectors on the front, back, and wheels of your bike while also wearing one can make an immense difference in your visibility, especially at night. One of the most common reasons that motorists give for hitting bicyclists is “I didn’t see them.”

  • Safety in Numbers: Ride with a group if possible. Drivers are more likely to see several bikers together than just one alone.

If you or someone you love has been involved in an accident with a negligent driver, contact the Kyle Law firm today to speak with a San Marcos bike accident attorney and receive the compensation you deserve.