Bike Safety Tips for Commuter Cyclists in North Carolina

Commuting to and from work by bicycle is an excellent way to get exercise and help the environment. Traveling to and from work by bike in Charlotte has become increasingly popular. There is even a National Bike to Work Day celebrated on May 17th. According to the U.S. Census, nearly 900,000 Americans commute to and from work using bicycles, which is probably a low estimate. Commuting via bicycle is especially popular with younger workers in larger cities, including Charlotte. Bicycling safety can help you prevent becoming seriously injured in a bicycling accident.

Practice Situational Awareness

Bicyclists are significantly smaller than passenger vehicles. As a result, they are harder to see, especially for distracted drivers. Bicyclists should never assume drivers can see them or will check their blind spots before changing lanes. They should also assume drivers will not stop when they should. When you enter intersections or other high-risk areas, you should proceed carefully and be focused on your surroundings. It is also essential to remain aware of your surroundings constantly.

Wear Appropriate Bicycle Safety Gear

Wearing a helmet is not negotiable and is the most critical safety tool to protect yourself. Bicyclists who are wearing helmets are much less likely to suffer serious head injuries and deaths than those who are not wearing helmets. Working headlights and taillights can help you maintain visibility if you commute in the early morning or late evening commutes or in inclement weather.

Avoid Common Hazards within Charlotte Bicycle Commuting Routes

You should avoid common hazards within Charlotte's commuting route when routing your commute to and from work. When routing your commute, consider whether there is a greater possibility of having a passenger or driver open a door in front of you while they are in a parked vehicle. Dooring is one of the most common, dangerous scenarios commuters face. Understanding and avoiding these situations can help you avoid being seriously injured in a commuter accident.

Give Yourself Plenty of Time to Complete Your Commute

Rushing to work in the morning is always dangerous, but it is especially dangerous when bicycling. Trying to hurry when commuting can make bicyclists and drivers more distracted. Distracted drivers are less likely to see hazardous conditions on the road. Bicyclists who are distracted are also less likely to use caution when entering intersections and making lane changes, making it more likely they will be involved in an accident.

Plot Your Bicycle Commute Route in Advance for Maximum Safety

Avoiding high-risk areas in Charlotte can help you take advantage of the biking infrastructure that can help you ensure you have arrived at work in good shape and on time. By following these fundamental safety rules, you can enjoy the benefits of bicycling to work and arriving on time and in good shape.

Even When Bicycling Safely, Victims Can Still Become Seriously Injured

Unfortunately, even when bicyclists follow these safety guidelines and use caution and awareness when commuting, they can still become seriously injured in bicycling accidents. Drivers of automobiles are more distracted than ever. When drivers are distracted by their phones, eating, talking, or daydreaming, they are more likely to collide with bicyclists. Wearing safety equipment can help you decrease the likelihood of becoming seriously injured in an accident, but bicyclists are still always at risk. Even the safest bicyclists can suffer traumatic brain injuries (TBIs), neck injuries, internal organ damage, or even death.

If you have been seriously injured in a bicycle accident by a negligent driver, you may be entitled to compensation through a personal injury lawsuit. Victims can seek compensation for their economic damages, including current and future medical expenses. They can also pursue compensation for non-economic damages for the pain and suffering they have endured because of their injuries. Victims who are no longer able to work can recover disability compensation. Our attorneys work closely with financial experts to determine the total value of our client's claims.

Injured in a Bicycle Accident in Charlotte? We Can Help

If you have been seriously injured in a Charlotte bicycle accident, it is essential that you reach out to a skilled attorney as soon as possible. Arnold & Smith, PLLC, has extensive experience representing victims of bicycle accidents. We use our courtroom experience and negotiation skills to pursue the most compensation possible for our clients. Do not hesitate to contact Arnold & Smith, PLLC, to schedule a complimentary case evaluation and learn more about how we can advocate for you and your rights.

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