Following a bicycle accident, you likely face severe injuries compared to the driver. While drivers have to take precautions when on the road, there are also ways for bicyclists to reduce the risk of severe injuries.
According to the NHTSA, over 900 bicyclists died in motor vehicle accidents in 2020. While most drivers can prevent bicycle accidents if they watch out and follow the rules of the road, you can protect yourself.
Know the safe times to ride
No matter the time of year, bicycle accidents happen most often between six and nine p.m. If you ride in rural areas, you have a lower risk than a person who lives in a city. If you live in an urban area, your risk is much higher. Bicycle accidents occur in cities almost 80% of the time.
Try to aim to ride during hours of high visibility. Try to find routes that have less motor vehicle traffic. If possible, choose roads that have lower speed limits or slow-moving traffic.
Wear proper protective gear
On a bike, you do not have the same protections that a driver in a vehicle has. The most important piece of gear is your helmet. Without a helmet, you are more likely to suffer a traumatic brain injury or worse. After an accident, always replace the helmet. An accident can compromise the effectiveness of the helmet. Different helmets fit different head shapes differently. Make sure you have a properly fitting helmet for your specific head.
Do not wear dark colors when bicycling. Instead, choose the reflective gear to increase your visibility on the road. Always have a front and back light.