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The Nature of Bicycle Accidents

Posted by on Jun 10, 2019 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Bicycles are lightweight, cheap, and accessible modes of transportation that are increasingly important to a world increasingly less dependent upon non-renewable forms of energy. On a grand scale, oil and gas will not be around for much longer. Gears and pedals, however, are here to stay.

Unfortunately, just as car accidents are prevalent in life, so too are bike accidents a common occurrence. Even worse, bicycle accidents are more dangerous than other accidents because bicycles lack the protection and safety mechanisms that are found in modern automobiles. If a bicyclist collides with a pedestrian or a car, the bicyclist can incur severe injuries.

I love bicycles and I am interested in increasing the awareness of safety around the topic, so I did some research and found a really important tip on how to prevent bike accidents, in addition to information about the injuries that can result from them:

Always be seen

One of the biggest predictors of bicycle accidents is the visibility of the person riding the bicycle; if the person is wearing dark colors while riding their bike in the middle of the night, accidents are bound to happen. In the same way that drivers ought to drive defensively and always be on the lookout for others’ mistakes, it is in a cyclist’s best interest to assume that others are not paying close attention to the road and the road’s other inhabitants.

Wearing a reflective vest and indicating lights is also a great idea for increasing visibility and equally, the safety of a cyclist. Another idea to consider to improve safety as a cyclist is solely riding in the main pathways of a road — especially within areas that are the most well-lit. There are two reasons to take this into consideration: first, it is easier for cars to see a bike if the rider is in a lit area. And secondly, if a bicycle accident were to happen (even if it is simply a bike crashing into a stationary object), being in a well-lit area is going to increase the chances of being seen by bystanders who can call medical services.

Sticks and stones…

As the law firm Hare Wynn describes, bicycle accidents are particularly dangerous. If a person riding a bicycle accident is not wearing a helmet, the likelihood of traumatic brain injuries resulting from an accident skyrocket. It is crucial to exercise a surprisingly high amount of caution when riding a bike in order to not crash. A small amount of this caution must go toward the precautionary step of wearing a helmet, even on the shortest of rides.

Another large share of injuries that occur from bike accidents are cuts and bruises. While this may seem like a small deal, it must be remembered that even small cuts can result in dangerously large amounts of blood loss. And while bruises are not usually dangerous, if they are deep enough they can cause uncomfortable swelling to the point of cutting off blood flow to tissues.

As you can see, there is no such thing as a small accident when it comes to bicycles. Wear bright colors, keep your eyes on the road, put on a helmet, and know the risks before you step on your pedals!

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