Being struck by a motor vehicle can be devastating for a cyclist. Severe injuries can be caused by even the slightest clip from a car and with an increase of distracted drivers due to everything from cellphone use to eating while driving, accidents involving motorists and cyclists are on the rise.
In the aftermath of an accident, it is important to have an advocate on your side to help you understand not only your rights, but also what type of compensation is permitted under New Jersey law.
Whether you're a commuter or training for your next century ride, practicing winter safety techniques can save you from serious injury or even death.
Staying visible is one of the most important things you can do as a cyclist. In general, drivers are looking for other cars and are not psychologically programmed to watch for cyclists.
In order to make yourself seen, outfit your bike with front and rear lights, wear reflective clothing, and don't be afraid to mount an extra strobe light to your helmet.
Anything that increased your visibility is a good thing, even if you feel a little bit like a Christmas tree.
Watch for hazards
In addition to the typical hazards of wet streets, open manholes, and those potholes that like to cause flat tires, this winter be aware of black ice. Not only are you in danger of losing control, but so are drivers.
Hitting a patch of ice can easily cause a driver to begin to slide sideways across the road, so stay alert and be ready to react to unexpected car maneuvers.
When riding on wet or icy roads, take it slowly, avoid leaning into turns, and keep your weight to the rear of the saddle. Stability is key when riding in less than ideal conditions. If you feel the start of a fall, lean away from traffic and try to take the fall across your forearms instead of your hands.
Also, be predictable while riding. Make sure you indicate your intent with clear gestures to ensure drivers and other cyclists know you are going to turn or come to a stop. Remember that you have a right to use a lane as much as a car does and keep in mind that if a driver is honking at you, then he or she can see you.
Practice safe riding this winter and avoid spending Ne w Year's Eve nursing a broken collar bone.
If you have been involved in an accident with a motorist, it is important that you understand all your options. Contact a local New Jersey attorney experienced in personal injury for more information about filing a claim.