Biking is a popular way to get exercise, stay fit, and experience the outdoors. Road biking has become a sport that people of all ages participate in and it’s common to see cyclists traveling in bike lanes through cities and country roads alike. While the number of cyclists on the road is increasing every year, the number of accidents are going up as well. The U.S. Department of Transportation reported that in 2015, there were 45,000 bike-related accidents and 818 deaths caused by bike and vehicle collisions.
Staying Safe on the Road
Although cycling is a fun and healthy sport, it’s important to be aware of the risks of sharing the road with motor vehicles. Even if you are riding in the designated bike lane, cars often will swerve over without noticing and cause a dangerous situation. For this reason, most cyclists opt to wear a helmet. Some states even mandate that riding without a helmet is illegal. In Maryland, anyone 16 years old or younger is required by state law to when a helmet when riding a bike.
When a Helmet Fails
Although wearing a helmet is reported to have reduced the likelihood of a head injury by up to 85 percent, safety is not guaranteed. Head injuries do still occur sometimes, even if the cyclist is wearing a helmet. The chance is injury is simply reduced when wearing a helmet. For this reason, it is important to keep these tips in mind when you purchase and wear a bike helmet:
- When you buy a helmet, make sure that it fits. Something too small will not provide the coverage that you need to stay safe on the road. A helmet that is too big will shift around and even fall off in the event of a collision.
- Always wear your helmet in the correct position. If it’s placed too far back on your head, the intended use is negated and a head injury is more likely to occur.
- Tighten the chin strap so that the helmet doesn’t move around when you’re riding.
- If possible, select a helmet that is a bright color. This will help to keep you more visible when you’re on the road next to motor vehicles.
- Read the reviews before buying a helmet. Have there been any recent recalls or safety issues with that particular helmet? If so, opt for a different model.
Call a Maryland Bike Accident Lawyer Today
If you have been involved in an accident when you were riding your bike, chances are that you sustained some injuries. Even in the case of a minor accident, a bicycle is at a disadvantage when colliding with any other vehicle on the road. Time off work, lost wages, and expensive medical bills can all add to the stress of such an accident. The lawyers at Alpert Schreyer, LLC have experience working with bicycle accident victims and will work tirelessly to help you receive just compensation. Call us today at (844) 632-7274, or contact us online. We’ll set up an initial consultation to review the details of your case and look for a quick and beneficial resolution.