As we head into warmer months, summer increases biking accidents. When children are out of school and adults are on vacation, they tend to engage more in leisure activities, like bicycling. More cars and bicycles on the road lead to more significant congestion, which can cause collisions. No matter how careful you may be as a bike rider, anyone can be involved in a biking accident.
- Car-versus-bicycle accidents: so-called “doorings” where a vehicle occupant opens their car door into the path of a bicyclist
- Bicyclist not signaling- trying to make a turn or cut in front of cars without giving proper direction
- Failure to Obeying Traffic Laws: Driving/riding while distracted or under the influence of alcohol, as well as not obeying speed limits or traffic signs
- Distracted Drivers: When people are on their phones, eating, putting on makeup, or listening to music, a biking accident can occur
- Roadways and Street Damage- Not being cautious of cracked streets and potholes, tree branches and other debris, and construction sites
Biking Accidents can lead to injuries like:
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Spinal cord injuries
- Broken bones
- Serious lacerations
- “Road rash”
Protecting Bicyclists During the Summer
- Protecting yourself while riding a bike: Bike riders should never ride a bicycle without a high-quality helmet, no matter the distance. Bikers should wear neon, fluorescent, or other bright clothing. If possible, ride during the day, but if you must ride at night, wear reflective clothing and flashing lights.
- Check your equipment: Make sure all parts on the bike are secure and working correctly. Check that the seat is adjusted to the proper height and locked. Make sure that the tires are adequately inflated.
- Install Lights and Reflectors: The more visible you are on your bike, the safer you will be. Ensure the bike is equipped with the rear, front, pedals, and spokes reflectors. Reflectors will make it much easier to be seen, and headlights will help boost visibility on the road and make it easier for you to see any upcoming obstacles and steer clear of them.
- Biker Rights: Get acquainted with traffic laws and obey all street signs. Bicyclists have rights on the road, and it’s essential to understand those rights. If you, your children, or a loved one is struck by a motor vehicle while on a bicycle, you need to know your rights. Motorists are liable for biker collisions as they must exercise “reasonable caution” when operating a vehicle.
Bicyclist deaths are highest during the summer months between June and September. Nearly three-quarters of all bicyclist deaths occur in urban areas. Always remain alert, keep your head up and look around especially watch out for opening car doors and other hazards.
We Are Here To Help
If you or a loved one have a bicycle accident this summer, you will need a professional attorney you can trust to handle your case. At Edelman, Krasin, & Jaye, PLLC, we offer more than 60 years of combined experience. We have convenient office locations in Long Island, Brooklyn, and the Bronx, and we know how to approach these cases to get the results you need. Our firm is committed to bringing the compensation you deserve. Contact our New York offices by phone at 800-469-7429 to schedule an appointment. You can also contact us using our online contact form and our Live Chat application on our website to have your questions answered.