Minnesota is also known as the land of ten thousand lakes. It’s a fact, however that it’s also one of the top cycling states in the nation. Minneapolis ranks as the #1 urban city in America in bicycling despite its environment. Minneapolis is not the only place in Minnesota to be cyclist friendly. Scenic rides, outstanding trails and majestic landscapes can be found throughout the state. During summer motorists see more bicyclists out on the road and this can sometimes lead to a collision between them. Unfortunately the cyclist is likely to suffer serious injuries as a result of that crash. The risks of serious injury for cyclists can be reduced if motorists make an effort to be aware of their presence and cyclists make an effort to obey traffic signs, use a headlight at night and ride in the proper lane.
Let’s explore how cyclists can make an effort to stay safe on the roads
Always Maintain Your Visibility On The Road
In most San Diego bicycle accident cases the defendant usually states, “I just didn’t see them!” The lesson for cyclists is that they should always assume the motorist can’t see them and do everything possible to be visible. If possible they should wear bright neon clothing with jackets and helmets made of reflective material, as well as your bike.
Always Avoid Heavy Traffic On The Road
Although a bicyclist has the same basic rights on the road as other motorists but having a huge truck zipping by someone on a cycle close enough to touch is not a comforting thought. If a bicyclist takes on a motor vehicle the motor vehicle always wins. Know the basics of your ride and always choose a safe route or a designated bike trail where possible.
Always Follow The Six Rules Of Safety On The Road
- Follow the Law: A cyclist has the same rights and duties as drivers. Obey traffic signals and stop signs. Always ride with traffic.
- Be Predictable: You want the motorist to have a good idea of what you intend to do. Use signals and look behind you before changing lanes.
- Be Conspicuous: See the above tips for proper clothing. Make eye contact with drivers and don’t expect them to know exactly what you are thinking.
- Think Ahead: Always bike defensively and try to anticipate what others may do next. Be careful in a car door zone and watch for road hazards.
- Always Wear a Helmet: Your brain is a precious organ, so protect it. Think about what happens to a melon when you drop it from shoulder height. Don’t let that be your head.
- Keep Your Cool: Road rage never seems to go well for the cyclist. Keep your cool in all situations.
There are a multitude of challenges that someone may have to face if they are injured in a bike accident in Minnesota. Some of the common challenges are:
- Loss of income
- High medical costs
- Permanent disability
- Continued medical issues, especially with brain injury
- Long recovery period
If you are a cyclist and you have been injured in a car accident, you should talk to an experienced Southern California Bicycle Accident Attorney to understand what your rights are and how you may be able to receive compensation for your injuries.