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Bicyclists may want to be on the lookout for potential hazards

| Sep 7, 2017 | Blog

Bicycling can have many benefits as well as act as an enjoyable activity for any Florida resident in which to participate. You may wish to use this method of travel to get to your various destinations, or you could simply enjoy getting out for a ride in the open air. Whatever reason for your riding, you certainly want to avoid potential hazards as best as possible.

Though you may not have the ability to avoid every potentially risky scenario that you could face while bicycling, you can take steps to better ensure your safety as a cyclist. By taking precautions, you could possibly lessen your liability if you become involved in an accident with a vehicle.

Defensive action

When riding your bicycle on or near roadways, you should consider your actions in the same manner you would if you were behind the wheel of a vehicle. Remaining focused on the task and alert to your surroundings, you can begin to travel in a defensive manner. Many of the same tips that could help drivers remain defensive could also apply to you as a cyclist. Those tips include:

  • Anticipate the actions of other travelers
  • Travel in the same direction as vehicle traffic
  • Obey traffic laws, signs and signals
  • Scan ahead for potential hazards
  • Avoid distractions such as texting

By staying ready to take evasive action if necessary, you could better protect yourself while traveling.

Prepare beforehand

If you have not considered yourself a bicyclist for long, you may not fully understand the importance of preparation before traveling. If an issue exists with your bicycle, you could easily put yourself at risk. Therefore, before heading out, you may want to inspect your bike and make sure that every part of your bike remains in working order.

Additionally, taking your appearance into account could also prove wise. Wearing bright clothing and reflective materials could help increase your visibility while on the road. Of course, one of the most obvious safety measures to take relates to wearing a helmet to protect your head.

Handling an accident

Unfortunately, even the most cautious and well-prepared bicyclists could suffer serious injuries due to a car accident. If you find yourself in this type of situation, you may have cause to seek compensation for your injuries and other damages. Filing a personal injury claim against the driver considered at fault for the incident may provide you a means to pursue such an endeavor.

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