Sunday, April 3, 2011

Avoid Minnesota Bike Accidents This Spring

The snow is finally going away, and that means people are going to be hitting Minnesota roads on bicycles. Unfortunately bicycle versus car accidents happen all too frequently. No matter who is at fault, when a bike rider is hit by a car, usually the cyclist comes out on the losing end.

To avoid bicycle accidents, follow these common sense tips:
  • Use your head – wear a helmet! Helmets can prevent concussions, traumatic brain injuries, and even death.
  • Before you hit the roads, make sure your bicycle is in good working order. Check the brakes, make sure the handlebars won’t slip, check your reflectors, make sure your cranks are tightened, and check that the quick release hub bolt is closed.
  • Obey the rules of the road! Bikes are required to follow the same traffic laws as motor vehicles. That means you must stop for stop signs and stop lights, even in residential areas.
  • Ride your bike like a motorist. Follow the flow of traffic on the right-hand side of the road. Use signals to alert drivers as to your intentions. Obey traffic signals.
  • Be visible. Make sure you have reflectors on your bicycle, and wear bright clothing so motorists can see you more easily.
  • Pay attention. Just like motorists, stay off the cell phone! Don’t use headphones, and keep both hands on the handlebars.
  • Watch out for motorists. Even if you’re doing what you are supposed to, keep your eye on the other guy. If you’re involved in a car versus bicycle accident, you’re probably going to come out on the losing end, even if you’re not at fault.
Injuries sustained by bicyclists involved in a car versus bike accident are almost always severe. Make sure your medical bills are paid, you are reimbursed for your wage loss, and you are compensated for your pain and suffering. Don’t try to take on the insurance company by yourself. A good Minnesota personal injury lawyer can help make sure you are compensated for your losses.

If you are injured as a result of a bicycle accident due to someone else’s carelessness or negligence, call us at 877-746-5680 or click here to send us an email for a free, no-obligation consultation with one of our Minnesota personal injury lawyers.

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