Whether you are new to cyclist or a seasoned rider, you deserve to feel safe on the many roads and trails in Oklahoma. While cycling has received much praise for its health benefits and zero carbon emissions, this green form of travel is not without its dangers. The first thing you need to know before you set out to ride is that cyclists are expected to follow traffic rules and regulations. To reduce your chances of suffering a personal injury in a bike accident, follow the safety tips below.
- Wear a helmet — A head injury can cause permanent disability or even death. Yet the state of Oklahoma does not require anyone to wear a helmet while riding a bicycle. Regardless of the law, wearing a helmet is one of the most important steps you can take to protect yourself when you ride.
- Check your bike before you ride —Many riders overestimate the amount of abuse their bikes can handle. Brake cables can become frayed, tires may be old or worn and frame welds can crack.
- Use a mirror — As a cyclist, you face many hazards, including potholes, crumbling road shoulders, vegetation-covered signs and reckless drivers. Turning away from the road or what’s in front of you for even a second can result in a serious bike wreck. A simple side-view mirror attaches easily to your bike and may someday save your life.
- Buy a headlight — If you ride at night or in poor weather conditions, it is in your best interest to use a headlight and reflectors and to wear reflective clothing
If you are hit by a driver while riding your bicycle in Oklahoma, consult with an experienced team of lawyers at Stipe Law Firm as soon as possible. Depending on the facts of your case, you may be able to collect compensation for your injuries.