While many people may associate bicycles with fun times on bike trails outside, heavy traffic and other factors can leave cyclists at risk.
Knowing some of the possible safety issues while on the road can help you determine how to react after an accident.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the highest amount of bike accidents happen from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at night. As the sun goes down and it becomes harder to see further ahead, bikers are more at risk for serious injuries.
Drivers who recklessly turn without looking or signaling can crash into riders. While it is not uncommon for cyclists to fall, it is more serious for cars or trucks to sideswipe an unsuspecting biker with a much heavier vehicle.
When you are in a city or other crowded suburban area, there is a higher chance for an unforeseen accident to happen. Other factors may contribute to this, such as congested roadways and stressed drivers.
Wearing safety gear such as a sturdy helmet and making sure your bike is the correct size for your legs and torso can help protect you in the event of a crash. Even though you may prepare correctly, other people may not follow the rules of the road.
Reaction time for drivers is important in any situation where another person on the road is hard to see. When a vehicle is traveling over the speed limit, it reduces the amount of time that the driver can react. Staying aware of the dangers other people pose by driving recklessly is important.