Each year in Northeast Florida, there are dozens of people who are seriously injured or killed while riding their bicycles. Bicycle accidents typically occur in the blink of an eye, without warning, and frequently involve motor vehicles, leading to disastrous results. Those bicyclists who are lucky enough to survive such accidents may nonetheless have permanent disabilities for the rest of their lives. This is why all bicycle riders should ensure that they are following the law when it comes to riding their bicycle, and are also riding with their safety in mind.
There are several rules that all bicyclists should follow when riding on the road:
1. Always wear a properly fitted bicycle helmet that:
a. Meets the standards of the Consumer Product Safety Commission;
b. Is properly constructed;
c. Allows for proper vision and hearing while being worn;
2. Obey the traffic laws just as you would if you were driving on the road.
3. Use the proper hand signals when you are turning to allow those who are around you to know what you are doing.
4. Ensure that both you and your bike can be seen, by wearing bright, visible clothing.
1. A light on the front, which is especially important when riding at night or at dusk.
2. Reflective lights on the rear, or even brake lights that are illuminated.
3. Reflective tape or striping on areas of the bicycle are not required, but many people view these as helpful, and as something easily installed on the bicycle.
Jacksonville, Florida has a considerable number of bicycle accidents. This is why it is vital to protect yourself while out and about. For those who have been injured in a bicycle or any other accident, we are here to help.