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Staying safe as a cyclist

On Behalf of | Mar 6, 2023 | Car Accidents

It’s been a long winter and there are certainly still some cold days ahead in Indiana. That being said, we are approaching spring and warmer days are to be expected.

This may inspire you to get out on your bicycle, either for leisure on the weekends or as your main mode of transportation. While cycling can be beneficial for your health, cost effective and efficient, there are some drawbacks. You’re going to have to share the road with other vehicles at times with little physical protection.

Fortunately, there are some ways to enhance your safety. Outlined below are a couple of things to consider.

Sensible clothing

The most important part of cyclist safety is being seen. Many accidents occur because drivers claim not to have seen the cyclist who was directly in front of them at the time of the collision. You can make yourself more visible by wearing bright and reflective clothing. Even during the daytime this can help you, but it is especially important if you’re cycling after sundown.

Wearing a helmet

Bicycle helmets are not compulsory in Indiana, but many cyclists still wear them. There are numerous benefits to this — namely that you can protect your head from catastrophic trauma. A helmet is not guaranteed to stop injuries, but research does suggest that they make fatal injuries less likely.

As a cyclist, it’s also important to familiarize yourself with the laws on Indiana’s roads. This way, if you are injured by a negligent driver, you have a better idea of where you stand. Seeking legal guidance will also be beneficial.