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It should come as a surprise to no one that the popularity of cycling is on the rise across the country. There are plenty of reasons for this – from an increased emphasis on personal and environmental health and welfare to gas prices being what they are – but the bottom line is that with the increase in cycling activity in Ottawa, Kingston, and other cities has come an increase in cycling accidents.
So, to keep you on the right track and out of trouble, here are five quick tips to reduce cycling accidents:
This should be a no-brainer, but you’d be surprised how many accidents stem from a simple lack of awareness, either on the part of cyclists or those around them (or both.) You always want to be aware of your surroundings while on the road, take the time to signal properly, and be on the lookout for signs from drivers.
It’s something just about every child who rides a bike hears: “Wear a helmet!” And with good reason. Study after study has proven the effectiveness of helmets for cyclists and motorcyclists alike. It’s an absolutely crucial element of accident and injury prevention.
For all the different things that can go wrong on the road, one thing far too many riders overlook is the potential for something to go wrong with your bike itself. Part of being a responsible cyclists is making sure that your bike is in tip-top shape, and that means getting your bike checked out from time to time to make sure that it’s still in good working condition.
One of the most important factors in reducing cycling accidents is simply ensuring that drivers see you. Be sure to make eye contact with drivers while maneuvering, particularly if you are looking turn, change lanes, or even if you’re simply in an area with a great degree of traffic.
If you do happen to get into an accident, you’ll want to be able to reduce the personal or financial impact to you. As such, you’ll want to seek out a quality personal injury lawyer. They’ll not only be able to inform you as to the fullest extent of your rights, but ensure you get the assistance and legal representation you deserve in the wake of an accident.
If you have been seriously injured in a car accident, motorcycle accident, bicycle accident, or recreational vehicle accident, Zuber Brioux is on your side. We serve clients in Kingston, Ottawa, Brockville, Peterborough, and throughout eastern Ontario. Contact us to determine your legal rights and get you the compensation you deserve.