Warmer weather means more people outdoors, and more people outdoors means more bicycles on the roads. Cycling is a great activity to enjoy the outdoors and a wonderful opportunity to get exercise while traveling. Unfortunately, it can also be dangerous, as bicycles share the roads with much larger and more powerful motor vehicles. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, there were 677 bicycle fatalities in 2011 due to crashes with motor vehicles. Though bicyclists are responsible for their own safety just as much as drivers and pedestrians, sometimes even the best safety intentions will not be enough. If you or a loved one has been injured by a motor vehicle while riding your bicycle, you may be entitled to recover for your medical bills and other expenses. A free consultation with the experienced personal injury attorneys at the Law Offices of Shane Smith can help determine if you should file a Georgia personal injury claim.

What are Some Safety Tips for Bicyclists?

Bicycles are in a unique position as they are considered vehicles that must share the road with motor vehicles, but they have no power except human power and riders have very little comparative protection. A collision between a motor vehicle and bicycle very often results in a serious injury for the cyclist. Some safety tips for cyclists to minimize their risk of serious injury are:

  • All bicyclists should wear a properly fitting helmet
  • Bicycles are considered vehicles and must obey rules of the road and traffic laws, signals, and  signs
  • Allow ample space between your bicycle and any vehicles
  • Bicyclists should increase their visibility by wearing brightly colored clothing
  • Bicyclists should wear other protective gear such as thick, padded clothing and pads
  • Bicycles must ride in the same direction as traffic
  • Be mindful of cars at intersections
  • Bicycles should have a flashing light and red reflector when riding at night


Contact a Peachtree City personal injury attorney for a free consultation

If you or your loved one has suffered a serious injury in a bicycle collision with a motor vehicle, you may be entitled to substantial compensation. To schedule a free consultation with one of our personal injury attorneys, please call our office today at (770) 487-8999.

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