The warm summer weather is perfect for enjoying a bike ride outdoors. People across Connecticut ride bikes for fun, for sport, for exercise, and as an economical and eco-friendly transportation alternative.
While cycling is a popular activity enjoyed by people of all ages, it is crucial to remember that riding a bike isn’t without risks – particularly when cyclists are sharing the road with motorists.
The Stamford and Bridgeport personal injury attorneys of Wocl Leydon want to make sure that you and your family are safe this summer, especially if you are going on a bike ride. We’ve provided the following cycling safety tips to avoid accidents on the streets this summer.
Summer Bike Safety Tips for Kids
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) recommends that all bicyclists wear properly fitted helmets and check their bikes before riding. Make sure that your brakes work and the tires are properly inflated. Children should also make sure the bike is the right size for them.
NHTSA says there should be 1 to 2 inches between a child standing over a bicycle and the top bar if they are using a road bike, and 3 to 4 inches if they are using a mountain bicycle. The height of the handlebars should be at the same level as the seat.
NHTSA does not recommend that children operate bicycles at night. Children should also be on the lookout for certain hazards in the road like potholes and uneven surfaces that could cause a crash.
Tips for Cyclists Sharing Roads with Motor Vehicles
Bicycling.com recently published a list of what it said were 10 key skills to have for riding a bicycle in traffic. The website recommended practicing riding your bike in parking lots with non-moving vehicles to get accustomed to having cars around you and paying attention to what is in front of you rather than what you passed.
The website also noted that it was important for bicyclists to make eye contact with drivers and stay in their designated lanes while riding in traffic. Bicycling.com also recommended wearing bright clothing so you are easier to see.
Bicyclists were also encouraged to be mindful of drivers’ blind spots, especially on streets where drivers might have limited visibility. Always signal when you intend to turn and be careful of motor vehicles possibly squeezing you when they attempt to turn right in front of you.
How Can Wocl Leydon Help Me?
If you suffered severe injuries or your loved one was killed in a bicycle accident in Connecticut, you may be entitled to compensation if someone else was at fault for the crash. Contact Wocl Leydon right away to discuss how we can help you seek justice and compensation.
Our firm represents clients on a contingency fee basis, so you will not have to pay any upfront fees and will not be charged anything unless and until we win your case. Call us or contact us online to schedule a free consultation with one of our bike accident attorneys today.