May is National Bike Month and you can celebrate by dusting off your trusty bicycle, grabbing a helmet and hitting the streets. In recent years, biking has become more and more popular in the U.S., especially in metro areas. You need to make sure that you keep safety in mind while you’re on two wheels.
Wear Your Helmet
The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration reports that 783 bicyclists were killed in crashes in 2017. When crashes occur between bikes and cars, it’s usually the cyclist that ends up with the brunt of the injuries. Wearing your helmet is one of the ways you can protect your head while riding.
Biking In The Dark
Make sure you are wearing reflective gear if you are biking. Daylight hours open up visibility to motorists, but peak time for bike accidents is 6-9 p.m. That is because it is when day becomes darker and visibility changes for motorists.
Probably not something you think about when discussing bike safety, but 22% of cyclists killed in traffic crashes were legally drunk. If you wouldn’t get behind the wheel of a car, you probably shouldn’t get behind the handlebars of a bike.
The New Haven personal injury lawyers at The LoRicco Law Firm wish you a summer of happy and healthy biking!