Bicycle accidents increase as weather warms

Bicycle accidents increase as weather warms

As spring has arrived in Springfield, more and more bicyclists will be on the roads. Along with being avid bicyclists themselves, the attorneys at Strong-Garner-Bauer P.C. have handled multiple bicycle accident cases and know all too well what can go wrong. When riding a bike, here are some bicycle safety tips to help avoid being involved in a bicycle accident:

  • Ride on the right side of the road with traffic.
  • Many roads now have bike lanes; make sure to use them.
  • Obey all traffic signals, including stopping at all stop signs.
  • Make sure to wear bright, highly visible clothing and always wear a properly fitted helmet.
  • Avoid riding at night or at dusk. If you must, make sure your bicycle has reflectors, wear reflectors and make sure your bicycle has a light.
  • When in doubt, yield to a car or truck. You may be right, but that's a multi-ton vehicle that can kill you.

As far as drivers are concerned, they need to keep an especially careful lookout. Keep an eye out for bicyclists. Give them some room on the road. Don't squeeze past a cyclist as that can cause an accident. In residential areas, be particularly vigilant for children riding bicycles that they may not control very well.

Please don't let these warnings and safety precautions take the fun out of bike riding. It's a great sport, great excerise and a great pastime. Riding safe means you can ride for many years to come.