Use a Headlight at Night

One of the most important tips we can provide is to use a headlight if you’re biking at night. Not only is it required by law, but it’s nearly impossible for cars to see a bicycle rider at night. Getting an LED light is recommenced, as they’re very bright and last a long time.

Ride With Traffic

Another important tip is to not ride against traffic. If you’re riding the wrong way and a car makes a right turn from a side street or driveway, it’s very likely that they won't see you because they were only looking for traffic on their left. They had no reason to expect someone would be coming at them from the wrong way, and the bicycle accident will be your fault. Riding against traffic may seem like a good idea because you can see the cars coming toward you, but studies show that riding the wrong way was three times as dangerous as riding the right way, and for kids, the risk is seven times greater.

Avoid Busy Streets

A common mistake bicycle riders make is to take the same route they would take when they were driving. It’s a good idea to take a different route with slower-moving cars. Not to say cyclists don’t have a right to the road, but it’s better than being involved in an accident. You may find you can get to most places by only crossing the busiest streets rather than actually traveling on them.

Don’t Wear Headphones!

This is just common sense. You need all of your attention focused on what you’re doing, and sometimes more importantly, others. It’s more important to hear what’s around you when you’re biking than when you’re driving.

Call a Personal Injury Lawyer If You Are Hurt

If you or a loved one was involved in a tragic bicycle collision, it’s a good idea to consult with an experienced Philadelphia bike accident lawyer at The Heslin Law Firm. Call our office at 215-332-0300 for a free consultation. We will help you recover lost wages, future lost wages, compensation for pain and suffering, and more.

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