Riding a bicycle is an inexpensive and efficient way to get from Point A to Point B. But as autumn begins and the days get shorter, biking becomes more hazardous. To minimize your risk of getting hurt while riding your bike this fall, our Bucks County bike injury lawyer suggests following these tips:
- Check your tire pressure often. When the temperature drops, your bike’s tire pressure will, too. Biking with low tire pressure will slow you down and may even cause you to get a flat tire while riding. Therefore, it’s essential to check your tires before every ride and add air when needed.
- Invest in bright, dependable lights. With autumn comes overcast, rainy weather and an earlier sunset. To ensure that you can see where you’re going and that others on the road can see you, equip your bike with lights on both the back and front. Throughout the fall, test the lights often to make sure that they are shining at their full brightness.
- Always pack warm attire in your bag. During the fall, the weather can go from sunny and mild to cold and windy in an instant. To protect yourself against the elements when inclement weather strikes, it’s important to keep a scarf, hat, gloves and coat in your bag when biking.
- Avoid riding through piles of leaves. You’ll definitely be encountering some fallen leaves while biking in the fall. Though they may look harmless enough, they can cause your wheels to slip, especially after it has rained. Plus, it’s impossible to tell what’s underneath a pile of leaves. To avoid leaf-related accidents, steer clear of leaves whenever possible. If you absolutely must go through them, reduce your speed and steer extra carefully.
- Wear light-colored or reflective clothing. In addition to putting lights on your bike, another way to make yourself more visible to cars is to wear light-colored clothes. For added protection, you may also consider purchasing a coat or shirt with reflective strips on it.
Biking in the fall can be dangerous, but if you follow the advice we’ve just presented, you’ll greatly reduce your chance of sustaining an injury while doing so.
Hurt in a Bike Accident? Bring Us Your Case
Unfortunately, even the most careful bicyclists can be injured by negligent drivers. If this has happened to you, you’ll need a dedicated Bucks County bike injury attorney to help you file a case against the responsible party. With more than three decades of experience, Mr. Gary P. Heslin is the right man for the job.
Whether you’ve sustained mild injuries or life-altering ones as a result of your accident, our bike injury lawyer in Bucks County will work tirelessly to seek the maximum amount of compensation for your losses. If you’re interested in a free consultation, don’t delay – call (215) 332-0300 now. And for more useful tips on staying safe during the fall, be sure to read our recent post. We look forward to showing you why we’re known as the bike injury attorney Bucks County can depend on!