Staying Safe on Your Next Ride
San Antonio is a beautiful city, but it's not the most bike friendly city in the country. The shortage of bike lanes and paths means that cyclists have to take extra care when riding around town. No one wants to call a bicycle accident lawyer because of a crash and we encourage you to incorporate the following suggestions into your riding routine so that you don't have to make that call.
Scan the road ahead, to the sides, and install a mirror so you can watch behind as you ride. Be wary of the movements of vehicles, pedestrians, and animals you may come across. You should also closely monitor your riding speed so that you have sufficient time to stop safely before a collision occurs.
Wear Your Helmet
Helmets can reduce the risk of a traumatic brain injury by as much as 85%. Purchase a reliable helmet that fits properly and provides adequate protection.
Shine a Light in the Dark
LED lights and reflectors make it easier for you to see and be seen. It is also advisable to affix reflector strips to bright clothing during your ride.
Time Your Ride
Dawn, dusk, and after dark are the most dangerous times to ride. It is also advised to avoid riding during morning or afternoon rush hour. If you must ride during these times, ride only on roads that have clearly marked bike paths.
Follow the Law
Texas law requires riders to stay on the right side of the road. You must also keep at least one hand on the handlebars, and must obey all traffic signals and stop signs. It is also against the law to ride while impaired, or to operate the bicycle in an unsafe manner such as weaving through traffic or riding at night without headlamps and reflective strips.
Maintain Your Bicycle
Poor bike maintenance is a common cause of bicycle crashes. You should make sure your brakes, chain, and other mechanical parts of the bike are in good condition. Similarly, make sure that your tires have sufficient tread and that all screws, pins, and other components are properly secured.
For more on bike safety, contact bicycle accident lawyer Forrest Welmaker at (726) 666-6666. At Welmaker Injury Law, it's our pleasure to help you avoid the bumps, bruises, and broken bones that a bike accident can cause.