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Bicycle Safety and Accident Prevention

Cycling is a favorite pastime and popular activity here in the Upstate. Greenville is one of America’s most bike-friendly cities and with the spring weather in full swing, we’re seeing more and more cyclists hitting the road. Whether you’re training for a race or enjoying a leisurely ride with the family on the Swamp Rabbit Trail, it’s important to take the proper precautions. Our firm is here to help with all your bicycle safety and accident prevention needs.

Cycling Safety

Bicycle accidents are common in the United States. In fact, 53% of Americans worry about being hit by a motor vehicle while biking. Our country is continuing to see an increase in bicycling to commute, for exercise, or just for fun. So, it’s important to take safety measures as a cyclist, especially if you are riding on the road. In 2019 alone, 846 bicyclists were killed in a traffic accident. Make sure you are always wearing a helmet and are paying close attention to your surroundings. Wearing bright, reflective clothing is also highly recommended – even during the daytime. If you are riding at night or in the early morning, make sure you are easily visible with a headlight and flashing rear lights. In addition, make sure to follow all traffic laws.

Sharing the Road

When you are operating a motor vehicle, it is important to properly share the road with those on bikes. Remember, they follow the same rules of the road and have the same rights and responsibilities as people behind the wheel of a vehicle. Yield to bicyclists as you would any other vehicle and avoid turning in front of them, cutting them off. Obey the speed limit and drive carefully to avoid a crash with a cyclist. Give cyclists plenty of room and do not pass too closely. Pass as you would any other vehicle – when it’s safe and you have plenty of time and room!

What To Do in An Accident

Should you be involved in an accident, the first thing you should do is immediately seek medical attention. Take pictures of the incident if you can. Once you are safe and have been checked out by a doctor, you may start to worry about missed work, health care bills and other damages resulting from your injuries. That’s when it’s time to call the Philpot Law Firm!

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