5 Bicycle Safety Tips


Whether it’s to exercise, commute to work or school, or enjoy the outdoors, many people in Washington love to ride their bicycles. Unfortunately, since bikes do not have the same amount of protection compared to motor vehicles, a bicycle accident involving a car or truck can lead to cyclists suffering catastrophic or even fatal injuries. 

According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), two percent of fatal auto accidents involve cyclists. Since 1975, deaths among cyclists who are at least 20 years old have tripled, while child cyclist deaths have dropped. 

The following are five bicycle safety tips to avoid an accident and serious injuries: 

  1. Wear a helmet – Since most bicycle deaths involve serious head injuries, it is important for all cyclists to wear a helmet. Ensure your helmet is federally approved and fits properly. 

  1. Inspect your bike before riding – You need to check your bicycle for any issues and risky conditions from wear and tear before you ride. Ensure your brakes are loose or weak, your tires are adequately inflated, and your chain and all its components are in good condition. 

  1. Be visible – Always bike wearing brightly colored or reflective clothing, even during the day. When you ride at night, use your headlights to help you see and be seen by drivers and pedestrians alike.  

  1. Obey traffic laws – Just like other drivers, cyclists need to follow all the traffic laws, which can help them run into fewer unnecessary risks of any accidents. If you violate traffic laws, not only do you put yourself in danger, but you could also be held liable if you cause a collision. Also, use the proper hand signals when changing lanes, turning, or stopping. 

  1. Avoid road hazards – Be alert for any potholes, broken branches, oil spills, dead animals, or any debris on the road. Be extra cautious when crossing intersections. 

If you have been injured in a bicycle accident in Tacoma, WA, call Hester Law Group at (253) 300-3034 or fill out our online contact form to schedule a free consultation. Our legal team has more than 130 years of collective legal experience! 

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