Cycling Accidents

Bicycling is becoming increasingly popular. Not only is it a wonderful source of exercise, but cycling also can reduce emissions and save you gas money. However, there are several dangers that can come with riding a bike for exercise, work, or fun. Here is an overview of types of cycling accidents and ways that you can keep yourself safe.

First, it is easy to suffer a head injury or traumatic brain injury when you fall off of a bike. Not all states require you to wear a helmet, and many people choose to disregard this law even in a state that has a helmet law. When you fall off of your bike, the hard surface of a sidewalk or road can cause you extensive brain damage or even death. Thus, it can be a good idea to wear a helmet, whether it is required or not. However, if it is an improperly manufactured helmet, it may not protect you.

Secondly, a road or sidewalk that is incorrectly engineered can contribute to a fall from a bike. This can result in scrapes, broken bones, and head injuries. A good rule of thumb is that if the cycling surface looks treacherous, you may not want to risk biking over it. You can also wear protective gear to help you in case of a fall.

Next, sharing the road with aggressive or inattentive drivers can seriously hurt a cyclist. In a battle between a bike and a car, the bike almost always loses. Cyclists that are trying to follow the law by riding on the street rather than the sidewalk can be hit by cars whose drivers are not acting safely around a person on a bike. Although you cannot always predict what a driver will do, it can be helpful to avoid overly heavy traffic to help protect yourself.

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Because there are a number of things that can go wrong while riding a bike, including product malfunction, badly constructed roadways, and vehicular accidents, you should be aware of the fact that there might be financial compensation available to help you recover by pressing charges against the party responsible for your injuries.

For more information on bike accidents as well as other personal injury topics, contact an experienced Phoenix personal injury lawyer from the firm of Haralson, Miller, Pitt, Feldman & McAnally, P.L.C., today at 800-763-0964.

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