Are you riding your bicycle to work to save money, protect the environment, or stay fit? If so, you are not alone. More people are choosing this inexpensive means of transportation to get to and from work. Unfortunately, many drivers do not pay enough attention when driving to avoid causing a bicycle crash. Bicyclists must take precautions to help reduce the risk of being injured in a Fresno bicycle accident.
If a driver caused you to be injured in a crash, call our office at 1-800-954-4444 for a free consultation with an experienced Fresno bicycle accident attorney.
Tips for Staying Safe on Your Bicycle Ride to Work
Plan Your Route Carefully
For many people, there are multiple routes they can take to get to work when riding a bicycle. Taking the time to plan your route to work carefully can decrease the risk of a bicycle accident. Look for routes that have an even terrain and wide roads. Also, look for routes that have special bicycle lanes.
Always Check the Weather
Fresno usually has great weather; however, you don’t want to be caught unprepared. Check the weather each morning instead of relying on long-term weather forecasts. Consider a different form of transportation to work if bad weather is in the forecast for the afternoon and evening.
Make Yourself More Visible
Drivers should look for you, but many drivers don’t pay enough attention to see you before it is too late to avoid a bicycle crash. Help drivers see you by putting lights on the front and back of your bicycle, wearing brightly colored clothing, purchasing a bicycle in a bright color, and adding reflective clips to your spokes.
Reduce What You Carry with You
Carrying large, bulky objects increase your risk of a crash. Install a bicycle rack or use a backpack to store items you need to take with you to work. Distribute weight evenly to reduce the risk of a crash. It is best to carry as little as possible when bicycling to work.
What to Do If You Are in A Bicycle Accident?
If a car hits you while bicycling to work, call 911 for police and medical assistance. Even if you believe your injuries are minor, you need to report the accident to the police. You also need to be checked by a medical professional because some injuries do not present symptoms immediately after the crash. You could experience symptoms a few hours or a couple of days after your bicycle accident.
You also need to contact a Fresno bicycle accident attorney as soon as possible. Your attorney can help you protect your right to recover compensation for your injuries from the driver who caused the accident. You need an attorney working for you as soon as possible to conduct an accident investigation to identify and protect evidence needed to prove the driver caused the crash. Proving the driver caused the crash that resulted in your injuries is essential if you want to receive compensation for your injuries.
Call A Fresno Bicycle Accident Attorney for Help
Our attorneys represent accident victims in the Fresno, CA and Central California Valley areas. Call Torem & Associates at 1-800-954-4444 to schedule a free case evaluation with a Fresno bicycle accident lawyer. You may also chat with a representative online to get more information and use our convenient online contact form to schedule a free consultation.