Every May, when school lets out around the Memorial Day holiday, the summer break for countless school kids begins. Activities like swimming, riding bikes, and catching frogs are on the mind of most kids this time of year. While summer is a time for relaxation and fun, participation in exciting activities should not be undertaken without minding the safety rules. One of the fastest growing areas of personal injury, among children and adults, is accidents on bicycles.
To stay safe on a bike, keep these biking safety laws in mind at all times:
● Obey all traffic laws, such as stopping at red lights and stop signs. A bike rider has the same rights, and responsibilities, as the driver of a car.
● Stay near the sidewalk, if one is not available stay near the curb.
● Keep at least one hand on the handlebars at all times, and only one seat in the saddle! This means do not “ride” a passenger or ride as a passenger on a bike made for a single rider.
● Make sure your bike is equipped with a white reflective light on the front, and a red one on the back.
Always take care to wear safety gear, and ride a bike that is made for your height. If you are in an accident with a car, move off the roadway if possible and seek immediate medical attention. Thereafter, contact a knowledgeable personal injury attorney to learn your options. Because bike riders have the same rights as drivers of a car, you can make a claim for reimbursement for your injuries.
If you have questions about how to stay safe while biking or what to do if you are in an accident, attorney Robert Greening has the answers. Call a Dallas, Texas personal injury attorney today.