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Harding Law Wants to Reduce Biking Accidents: What You Need to Know

Harding Law Firm - Saturday, September 13, 2014

Bicycling can be great exercise, a fun sport, an enjoyable pastime. But it unfortunately comes with certain inherent risks, and there are far too many accidents on the road.

In 2012 alone, more than 700 people were killed in bicycle/motor vehicle accidents. That’s almost 2 people every day of the year in the U.S. Even one accident is one too many.

At Harding Law, we want to see the incidence of bicycle accidents drop dramatically. We hope to help make bicycling part of a healthy, active lifestyle for everyone.

    Attorneys at Harding Law have put together a list of safety tips for bicyclists. Please share them with your family and friends:
  1. Obey traffic signs and signals - Follow the rules of the road like other vehicles.
  2. Never ride against traffic - Motorists aren't looking for bicyclists riding on the wrong side of the road. State law and common sense require that bicyclists drive like other vehicles.
  3. Use rear view mirrors - Scan the road behind you frequently.
  4. Keep both hands ready to brake - You may not stop in time if you brake one-handed. Allow extra distance for stopping in the rain, since brakes are less efficient when wet.
  5. Dress for the weather - In rain. wear waterproof outerwear. Dress in layers so you can adjust to temperature changes. Wear brightly colored clothing.
  6. Look out for road hazards - Watch out for parallel-slat sewer grates, gravel, ice, sand or debris.
  7. Keep your bike in good repair - Adjust your bike to fit you precisely and keep it working properly. Check brakes and tires regularly.
  8. If you or a family member suffers injuries in a bike-related accident, it's important to immediately seek medical attention and get your injuries treated and documented by a medical professional.

    After you've been to the hospital or doctor, your next call should be to us. We know what to look for when investigating your bicycle accident claim, and we know how to protect your case. Call us at Harding Law and let us help you get the compensation you and your family need to rebuild your lives.