Top 5 Ways To Stay Safe While Bicycling

Bicycle deaths are far more common in car accidents than are the deaths of pedestrians, motorcyclists, drivers, or car passengers. In fact, while bicycle trips account for less than one percent of all trips taken in the United States, bicyclist fatalities represent just under two percent of all traffic deaths according to PedBikeInfo.org. If you are a bicyclist in Nevada, heed these tips for safe riding:

Wear a Helmet

The most important thing you can do as a bicyclist is to wear a properly-fitting, Department of Transportation or Snell Foundation-approved, helmet. According to Helmets.org, helmets provide a 66 to 88 percent reduction in the risk of head, brain, and severe brain injury for all ages of bicyclists.

Ride Defensively

You should always ride your bike defensively, with the assumption that the drivers of cars around you are not paying attention, and therefore it is your responsibility to prevent an accident from occurring. Some tips for riding defensively include:

  • Pay attention. Take your headphones out, resist the urge to talk on your phone or text, and focus on what you hear and see around you. Watch out for other people who are not paying attention!
  • Make eye contact. Before you cross in front of a car, make sure that you make eye contact with the driver of that car to ensure that they see you.
  • Always double check. Whether you have the right away or not, are traveling through an intersection, are pulling out of a driveway, are making a turn, or need to change lanes, always double check for oncoming vehicles. Do not assume that just because the light is green a car will see you, or respect your right to proceed.

Follow the Law

Las Vegas streets can be a bit chaotic. One way that you can reduce your risk of being in an accident, even at times of high traffic, is to follow the law (yes, there are laws for bicyclists, too!). This means adhering to all posted traffic signs, using hand signals, riding no more than two abreast to a lane, staying in the right-hand lane, and yielding to traffic when required.

Choose Safe Areas to Ride

Finally, choose safe areas to ride. If there is a bicycle lane or path available, use it. If there is a way to get to your destination using a quieter, less-trafficked route, take it. Do not put yourself at risk by choosing to ride around cars when other options are available.

Protect Yourself While Riding

Wear protective gear & keep your bicycle maintained well (make sure breaks function optimally, etc.). When you are biking, ride smart. Take extra precautions to ensure that other drivers see you and to reduce your risk of a crash. If something does go wrong and you are hit, do not hesitate to contact a Las Vegas bicycle accident attorney to discuss your legal rights.