Bicycling to your destination, rather than riding in a vehicle or on public transportation, is an efficient way to save money on fuel, avoid traffic or crowds, and get some exercise.
However, many people don’t consider the dangers of bicycle accidents when deciding to ride a bicycle. When taking into account the risks of this choice, many people choose to take the bus or a car instead.
Common Injuries as a Result of Bicycle Accidents
While your bicycle is replaceable, your body is not. Therefore, you have one life, and you should take care of it while on the road. However, if there is an accident, there are a few common injuries that you need to be aware of:
- Head injuries tend to be the most fatal type of injuries. These include skull fractures, concussions, and other forms of TBI (traumatic brain injury).
- Skin is commonly the first part of your body to take the brunt of an impact. Your skin may experience abrasions (such as “road rash”), contusions, and lacerations during an accident.
There are many other possible injuries one might sustain in the case of an accident. That is why is important to educate yourself on the ways you can prevent these.
Protect Yourself From Bicycle Accidents
The primary step to take to protect yourself is wearing a helmet. Seeing as sixty percent of fatal bicycle accidents occur due to trauma to the head, helmet safety is critical to avoiding a deadly accident. You should also consider other protective gear, especially if you are an inexperienced cyclist. This includes knee pads, elbow pads, and other appropriate attire.
In addition to this, if you will ever be bicycling when it is dark outside, you have to ensure so that you are visible to other cyclists and vehicle operators. Wearing bright and reflective clothing is the best way to achieve this. Installing a light or reflectors on your bicycle is an additional precaution you may want to take to prevent low visibility from being an issue.
Always follow the law in every situation, especially when maneuvering your bicycle on the road. Stay within the designated bicycling lane and utilize proper hand signals when preparing to execute turns. Never operate your bike in public while intoxicated.
Common Causes of Bicycle Accidents
Many times, preventable missteps cause bicycle accidents. These include issues caused on the bicyclist’s behalf, such as failing to signal during a turn or not wearing a helmet.
However, other accidents may be attributed to the vehicle driver, especially in situations where the driver of a motor vehicle is not allowing proper space between their vehicle and the bicycle.
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