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Safety hazards for cyclists

On Behalf of | Jul 2, 2024 | Personal Injury

While cycling is one of the healthiest ways to get around Delaware, there are hazards bicyclists face that motorists simply do not. Some of the most pressing include:

Road conditions

According to the NSC, the number of bicycle-related fatalities rose from 900 in 2010 to 1,230 in 2021. One of the most significant hazards for cyclists is poor road conditions. Potholes, uneven surfaces and debris can cause cyclists to lose control and crash. Always scan the road ahead and be ready to maneuver around any obstacles. Choose routes with smoother pavement and fewer obstructions.

Vehicle traffic

Sharing the road with vehicles poses another major risk. Cars and trucks may not always see cyclists or give them enough space, especially when turning or changing lanes. To minimize this hazard, cyclists should wear bright, reflective clothing and use lights, especially in low-light conditions. Obeying traffic laws and signals helps cyclists predict and react to drivers’ movements.

Weather conditions

Weather can also pose hazards to cyclists. Rain can create slippery road surfaces, while strong winds may affect balance and control. During adverse weather conditions, cyclists should consider postponing their ride or taking extra precautions such as reducing speed and maintaining a firmer grip on the handlebars.

Distracted riding

Just as distracted driving is dangerous, so too is riding while distracted. Checking a phone, adjusting headphones or daydreaming can divert attention from the road ahead. Maintaining focus on the surroundings and being aware of other road users is the way to avoid accidents.

Mechanical issues

Mechanical issues with the bicycle itself can contribute to accidents. Regular maintenance, such as checking tire pressure, brakes and gears, can prevent breakdowns and ensure the bike functions properly during rides.

Bicycle accidents can cause serious injury or death. Cyclists need to do all they can to stay safe. If you or a loved one was injured in an accident while biking, talking to an experienced personal injury attorney is a crucial first step.