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Bicycling—great enjoyment but an exercise in defensive driving

On Behalf of | Jun 27, 2021 | Injuries

The ever-increasing popularity of cycling means that Oregon motorists see more bicycles on the road.

A bicycle could be your preferred mode of daily transportation or simply a source of enjoyment on the weekend. In any case, cycling is also an exercise in defensive driving.

Cycling and vulnerability

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reported that in the U.S., there were 846 cyclists who died in 2019 as a result of traffic accidents. Studies show that most bicycle fatalities occur between 6 p.m. and 9 p.m. in urban areas. For riders who survive a car-bicycle collision, injuries can be devastating.

Safety tips

Always make sure your bicycle is in good condition before heading out. Wear a helmet that fits properly, as well as bright clothing during the day and reflective gear after dark. Add reflectors and lights to your bike that will make you more visible. As you ride, follow defensive driving tactics. Assume others do not see you. Follow the basic traffic rules, ride with the traffic flow rather than against it and be alert to everything going on around you.

A matter of compensation

Any time you take your bike out, defensive driving is essential. However, accidents can still happen. If you should become the victim of a car-bicycle crash, you could suffer injuries that require lengthy hospitalization and extended treatment. Medical costs can skyrocket, and you would no doubt worry about paying those bills. Remember that you have a right to expect compensation to cover your medical expenses, lost wages and more. An advocate can work on your behalf to obtain the maximum compensation available while you focus on recovering from your cycling injuries.