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Bicycle Accidents: The Importance of Wearing Safety Helmets

Sadly, a 79 year old man was killed today in a accident involving a bicycle hit by a car. The elderly cyclist was struck by a car as he attempted to cross traffic near of Sunset point and Belcher road. Local media is reporting that the elderly cyclist had a bicycle helmet with him, but he was not wearing it.

Unfortunately, people are often killed in car accidents that involve bicyclists. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s National Center for Statistics and Analysis, in 2009, there were more than 100 deaths that resulted from such accidents. In 88 of those fatal cases, the bicyclist was not wearing a helmet. Florida has more fatal bicycle accidents than any other state.  Also, six (6) of those hundred deaths occurred in Hillsborough County and eleven (11) in Pinellas.

It should go without saying that safety is always important. In relation to bicycle safety, there are a number of measures that bicyclists can take to remain safe on the road. The first and most important thing to remember is: wear a helmet. As stated, in 88 of the 100 bicycle accident deaths, the bicyclist was not wearing a helmet.

Other safety measures include: always obey traffic signs and signals. So many needless accidents occur because people aren’t paying attention. Do not ride against traffic. Most times, drivers are not looking out for bicyclists on the opposite side of the road. Also, Florida law prohibits riding a bicycle against traffic. Follow lane markings. It is unsafe to turn right in a left only lane, and vice versa. The same is true for riding straight through a turn only lane. Don’t pass on the right. Drivers are not used to looking for people passing on their right. Brake with both hands. If one only breaks with one hand, they may not be able to stop in time. Use hand signals. It is best to keep drivers around you clued in on what you are going to do. Be on the lookout for road hazards. A dip in the road or some debris can lead to an accident if one isn’t prepared. Try to avoid riding at night, but if you do make sure you have a light and reflectors. Obviously, it’s harder to be seen at night. Be careful turning left. Perhaps the safest way to make a left, is like a pedestrian, by walking one’s bike across the intersection. And, always make sure one’s bike is good working order. Make sure you brakes and tires are good.

Unfortunately, all the safety precautions in the world cannot ensure that you or a loved one won’t be injured in an accident. We live in a world where we get hurt, all too often, by the mistakes of others. However, if you or a loved one has been hurt in an bicycle accident that involved a car or truck you may be entitled to recover for your losses. This is why you need to contact an experienced Clearwater Clearwater bicycle injury attorney at the Dolman Law Group. Initial consultations are both free and confidential. Call us today at 727-451-6900.