May is National Bike Safety Month

Kellam T. Parks
Managing Member of Parks Zeigler, PLLC

Per the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration ("NHTSA"), 677 bicyclists were killed in bike-car accidents and 48,000 more were injured in the latest statistics from 2011, which is a 9% increase from 2010. And while the average age of those hurt/killed is 43 years old, children are victims too.  Wearing a properly fitted helmet approved by the Consumer Product Safety Commission every time you hop on a bike is a must to help avoid brain/head trauma.  (Look for the CPSC sticker)  Most accidents happened between 4 p.m. and 11:59 pm., so avoid nighttime and busy traffic times when biking. You can read the full report here http://goo.gl/mNgPd.

  • Wear bright clothing to be seen
  • Be sure your clothing will not get caught on the bike chain or spokes
  • Wear the right shoes to protect your feet and peddle safely
  • Do not have headphones in both ears as you need to pay attention to the sounds around you
  • Ride the same direction traffic is driving
  • Ride on bike paths, if available
  • Lookout for car doors opening in your path
  • Obey all traffic signs and lights
  • Ride single file if riding with groups
  • Learn hand signals for turns and stopping
  • Cross at intersections
  • Walk your bike across busy intersections

Warm weather is here and there will be plenty of outdoor traffic, be safe and happy riding!

 

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