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Remember your helmet when cycling on city streets

As weather gets warmer, it becomes increasingly tempting to take your bicycle out for a ride. Even if you can't commute to work on a bicycle, you may decide to bike to the library or a local store. Bicycling can be great for your health. It provides aerobic exercise while also building muscles in your legs and even your core, depending on the style of bike you ride. It can help with balance and coordination. Unfortunately, thanks to the negligence of those in motor vehicles, riding a bike on public roads can also be a serious safety risk. Of course, there are ways to reduce your risk.

All people on bikes should remain highly aware of their surroundings at all times. Motorists may not notice people on bikes and could place them in danger by turning or merging into a new lane of traffic that is occupied by a cyclist. Wearing safety gear, such as reflective clothing and a properly-rated helmet to protect your head, can reduce the risk of severe injury or death as a result of a bicycle accident.

Safety gear protects you in a worst-case scenario

Did you know that 97 percent of cyclists that die in an accident were not wearing a helmet? Many times, the fatal component of injuries during a bike-vehicle crash is a head injury. Safety gear can also reduce the risk of road rash and other painful injuries. While no gear can completely protect you, it can increase your chances of survival in a crash. Combine safety gear with proactive riding and reflective clothing, and you will have taken the necessary steps to protect yourself while biking on the road.

Of course, no matter how careful you are, you can't control the decisions or actions of others on the road. Drivers could cut too close to you while passing, clipping you with the side of the vehicle or the side mirrors. It's also possible that a motor vehicle driver could fail to obey the rules of the road. Specifically, people in motor vehicles may not look for or respect bicycle riders on the road. Failing to follow the rules of the road, such as yielding right of way, could result in a serious accident. When that happens, you should seek medical attention, as well as the help of an experienced California attorney.

An attorney can help you after a biking accident

It only takes a few second for a motor vehicle driver to change your life. Your injuries could result in lost wages or even be serious enough to keep you from returning to work. When you're hurt by a motor vehicle on a bike, you need the help of a personal injury attorney. He or she can review any settlement offered, negotiate with insurance companies and even file a civil lawsuit if necessary.

Source: Nov. 30, -0001

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