Some cities in Florida are making efforts to become more friendly to cyclists, but many cities and areas of Florida are not making these issues a priority yet. Even in some cities where efforts have been made to increase safety for bicyclists, bicycle paths are often left unmaintained which leaves bicyclists in a compromised position.
Often when accidents occur on poorly maintained bicycle paths, bicyclists are often left wondering who can be held liable. There are two ways that bicyclists can take steps to protect themselves against these accidents. First it is a wise idea to understand some of the steps that bicyclists can take to reduce bike path accidents. Second, if you are involved in a bicycle path accident, you should not hesitate to obtain the assistance of a skilled attorney. This article will review some of the important safety steps that bicyclists can take to reduce the chances of being involved in a bicycle accident.
Advice # 1 – Make Sure to Wear a Helmet
Helmets can be uncomfortable to wear, but can greatly protect you if you are involved in an accident while riding your bicycle. It is not an exaggeration that wearing a bicycle helmets are the most important thing that you can do to protect yourself while riding not just on bicycle paths but anywhere. To make sure that your helmet protects, be sure to purchase a helmet that fits comfortably on your head and does not slip while being worn. You should also make sure that your bicycle straps are pulled upwards as well as tightened. It is also important that the helmet’s chin strap is tight but does not suffocate you.
Advice # 2 – Wear Other Safety Gear
There are numerous pieces of safety gear that can protect you while riding your bicycle. Gloves can protect your hands from blisters as well as any falls that might occur while riding. Safety goggles can also protect you from any debris that flies up from the bike path. Shoes should have well-tucked laces to prevent them from becoming caught in your bicycle’s chainset. There are also various types of clothes that offer padding to protect riders from any falls that might occur. Like with helmets, any safety gear that a bicyclist wears should be the proper size and should be worn properly. If equipment moves around while riding your bicycle, you are greatly decreasing the degree to which the gear will be able to protect you if an accident occurs.
Advice # 3 – Know Where You Are and Where You Are Going
In case an accident occurs, it is important to inform someone about your location, where you are headed, and when you will return. It is also a wise idea to plan exit routes in case an accident does occur. Unless you are on a route with which you are very familiar, it is also a wise idea to use a phone with a GPS unit or take a well-charged cell phone with a GPS application.
Obtain the Services of a Seasoned Florida Bicycle Accident Attorney
If you have been injured while on a bicycle path, including a poorly maintained one, a skilled attorney can help take the legal action that you need to obtain the compensation you deserve. Contact the office of Guy S. DiMartino, DC, JD, PA today for assistance.