Celebrate National Bike Month by Improving Your Bicycle Safety
May is National Bike Month, and as a commemoration of the occasion, the Texas Department of Transportation is offering bicycle safety tips to keep bicyclists all across the nation safe from harm.
Although bicyclists have the right to share the road with cars as long as they follow all traffic laws, bicycling on busy streets can be dangerous. Talk to an experienced Texas bicycle accident attorney if you are injured while riding.
You can help yourself and those you love stay safer when bicycling with these tips:
- Inspect your bicycle before riding. Make sure tires are properly inflated, the brakes work properly, and the seat and handlebars are adjusted for safe, comfortable riding. Your bicycle should also be equipped with reflectors. Add lights if you are traveling in dawn, dusk, or nighttime hours.
- Wear safety gear. A helmet that fits properly can help reduce the risk of traumatic brain injury. Bright, reflective clothing can also make it easier for drivers to see you, reducing the risk of an accident.
- Follow traffic laws. Texas bicyclists may use the roads if they follow all traffic laws. Stop at red lights and intersections, pass only when permitted, and use arm signals to alert others on the road when you plan to change lanes or make a turn.
- Take a class. The Federal Highway Safety Association, the League of American Bicyclists, and other groups may offer free or low-cost bicycle safety courses for children, teens, and adults. Take one of these classes with those you love to learn more about safe riding and to have more fun on your bicycle this summer.
If you have been injured in a bicycle accident despite following all these safety tips, you should contact Steele Law, P.C. to explore your options for recovery and learn whether you have a viable personal injury lawsuit.