National Bike Month
May has been designated as National Bike Month by the non-profit League of American Bicyclists since 1956 to celebrate the joy and benefits of cycling. Riding a bike is a great way to get outdoors and enjoy some fresh air and exercise, either by yourself or with your family. However, it’s also an activity that can cause injuries if not properly dressed or do not use caution while riding. Pitman & Petro, a Nashville bicycle accident lawyer suggests some tips to on what to wear to reduce injuries and bicycle accidents.
Protecting Your Head
In Alabama, cyclists under the age of 16 are required to wear helmets. However, bike helmets aren’t just for kids. Regardless of your age, you should always wear a helmet while riding a bike. These statistics from the Bicycle Helmet Safety Institute explain why:
- Wearing a helmet reduces your chances of a head injury by 50 percent and a neck or face injury by 33 percent.
- Almost 86 percent of people killed in bike accidents were 20 years old and up.
- Only 17 percent of those killed in bike accidents were wearing bike helmets.
- The death rate of cyclists under 20 has decreased by 88 percent since 1975.
- The death rate of cyclists 20 years old and up has almost tripled since 1975.
Wearing a helmet is great, but it’s not enough. You need to make sure that you and each of your family members wears a helmet that fits properly. The helmet should be snug on the head and not obstruct your vision in any way.
It’s important to wear the right type of footwear when you are riding a bike. Sandals or “flip flops” can cause your foot to slip off the pedals and leave your feet exposed to injuries. Flip flops can easily fall off and become caught in your pedals or your wheels.
Remember to wear a closed toed shoe, preferably sneakers, while riding a bike, and make sure to secure your laces. It’s a good idea to double-tie the laces on your children’s and sometimes your own to prevent loose laces from becoming tangled in bike pedals.
Riding in the Dark
If you must ride your bike during early morning, night, or twilight conditions, you should always wear light colored clothing. The best way to be seen? Wear clothing made reflective so that motorists can see you. Make sure that your bike has a light and plenty of reflectors as well.
How a Nashville Bicycle Accident Lawyer Can Help
Unfortunately, accidents can happen even when you take every precaution to prevent them. Injured in a bicycle accident? You need a Nashville bicycle accident lawyer to protect your interests. The bicycle accident attorneys at Pitman & Petro Attorneys at Law are ready to help – call (615) 422-2222. Our normal business hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., but we’re available 24/7 in your time of need.