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How can bicycle injuries and fatalities be prevented?

As a bicyclist, you know that every minute you spend in the saddle can be exhilarating. You also know that one mistake by yourself or a driver can lead to an accident, which could result in a serious injury or even death.

With this risk surrounding you at all times, you need to do whatever it takes to avoid trouble. For many, this means changing the way you ride.

Here are some bicycle safety tips to keep in mind:

  • Wear the appropriate safety gear, which always includes a helmet (no matter where you are riding)
  • Make it easy for others to see you, such as by using reflectors on your bike and bright clothes when traveling after dark
  • Ride in a bicycle lane when available, as opposed to the sidewalk
  • Make eye contact with drivers, as this is one of the better ways to show your intentions
  • Use hand signals to make it clear as to what you're doing

These tips don't guarantee your safety, but they can go a long way in helping you avoid trouble as a bicyclist.

If you are part of a bicycle accident for any reason, you shouldn't wait to call 911. You need to receive immediate medical attention, as this can be the difference between life and death.

Once you receive treatment, don't hesitate to learn more about your legal rights. Also, if a loved one has passed as the result of a bicycle accident, you may want to learn more as well. The information you gather can help you understand who caused the crash and if you can seek compensation from the negligent party.

Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, "Bicycle Safety," accessed Feb. 26, 2018

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