May is National Bike Safety Month

Kellam T. Parks
Managing Member of Parks Zeigler, PLLC

Bicycle Safety

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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