he bicycle accident lawyers at Clark & Martino, P.A. in Tampa – several of them avid cyclists – are keenly aware of the various dangers associated with riding a bicycle in our densely populated community. Although it is great exercise and environmentally friendly, the truth remains that riding a bicycle can be very risky. That said, you can significantly lower your chances of being seriously injured while on a bike by adhering to a handful of relatively basic “rules of the road.” In addition to following all of the formal traffic laws, our bicycle accident lawyers recommend that you and your riding companions always take the following precautions:
- Make sure that your bike is in proper working order. Check the brakes, tire pressure, chain, lights – anything that, if broken, could compromise your safety.
- Ride defensively, and assume that drivers cannot see you.
- Steer with both hands and continually scan the road immediately ahead of you for potholes, debris, uneven surfaces, and other obstacles.
- Wear tight-fitting clothing, preferably bright colored so that nearby motorists can easily see you, especially at night.
- Never pedal anywhere without wearing a helmet. By law, anyone under the age of 16 in Florida must wear a helmet while operating a bicycle.
- Ride with the flow of traffic.
- When feasible, always take the less densely traveled routes to limit your exposure to motorists.