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Increase of Bike Riding During Pandemic is Leading to More Cycling Accidents. What You Need to Know?

With many of us staying home and practicing social distancing we have all tried to find new ways to stay busy and get outside. Whether it’s a cost-effective alternative or simply a way to enjoy the summer weather, there has been a distinct spike in bike riding as a result. While it is wonderful to see everyone finding new ways to get outside, it has also led to a recent surge of bike riding accidents. Especially with COVID-19 front and center, there is an additional motivator to stay safe and out of the hospital. Here are a few ways you can stay safe while riding you bike.

Make Sure the Bike is in Good Shape

Many of us are dragging our bikes out of the garage after not touching them for several years. You should make sure the bike is in good working condition.

Wear a Helmet

Most bike accidents that result in serious injury or death is because of a head injury. Helmets decrease the odds of this type of injury by 50%. Experts recommend that you replace your helmet every 5 years. If you can’t remember the last time you biked, it’s probably time to get a new one.

Use lights and colorful clothing to stay visible.

Lights and clothes help you remain visible to walkers, other bikers, and drivers.

Follow the Law

Laws of the road are designed to keep us and others on the road safe. Cyclists are required to follow all the same traffic laws as automobile drivers. Ride with traffic, stop at stop signs, and follow any other rules you would be expected to follow while in a car. In lieu of a blinker, using hand signals is required under the law when riding with traffic.

Pay Attention

Parked cars opening doors poses a huge risk to cyclers. Anticipate this before it occurs and try to maintain a distance from a parked car. Look out for potholes, curbs, or other imperfections on the road. While you’re driving a car this might not affect you driving but bikes tend to be more vulnerable.

Be Responsible

We have all experienced getting nervous when a driver rides up next to you. Try not to weave in and out of traffic or be unpredictable in any way to drivers. If you are with others, ride in single file. Avoid using your phone. Even using headphones can prevent you from hearing traffic or hearing warning of a hazard.

Don&Rsquo;t Forget About the Virus

While most states, including Massachusetts allow people to exercise outside there are still some restrictions. You should not congregate in large groups and should still maintain 6-feet of distance between you and others. Cycling with family members and people without symptoms is okay, however if you are a particularly vulnerable individual you should avoid this as well. If you borrow a bike make sure you disinfect it before and after you use it. Make sure you wipe down other equipment such as helmets and sunglasses as well.

You may Have Legal Recourse

If you suffer a bike accident, contact us. Our bicycle accident attorneys have an impressive track record recovering damages for victims including medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, and the cost to repair or replace the bicycle. We also represent families of cyclists who have been killed in accidents.

If you or a loved one has been injured in a cycling accident, contact a Boston bike accident lawyer at Altman & Altman, LLP, for a free confidential consultation.

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