Techniques to avoid becoming involved in a bike accident

You don't have to be a professional cyclist to know that riding bikes can be quite dangerous. It's especially true when riding in traffic on Southern California's busy roadways. There are some simple precautions all bicyclists can take to avoid becoming injured when out on the road.

Safety starts when you first select your bike. You should always try a bike out to make sure that you can properly reach pedals and that you don't feel the need to slump over when riding it. Bikers want to purchase bikes that allow them to not feel the need to take their eyes off the road as well. Doing so puts them at a higher risk of colliding with something else or missing a road hazard in their way.

Another thing that every bicyclist should do is follow traffic patterns. If you're riding along with a pack of other bicyclists or among cars, then you should always look to keep a safe distance between you and them. You should also be watchful for those slowing down and adjust your speed and distance from them accordingly.

Also, whenever possible, you want to proceed through an intersection with the protection of other vehicles. You should also be scanning for changes in terrain or road conditions, such as hazards, that may cause you to fall.

Bike experts also note that you should avoid riding a bike if you're stressed or otherwise tense. They note that doing so can cause your reactions to become exaggerated, which can mean that you overcompensate and crash into people or things nearby.

If you've suffered serious injuries after having been involved in a bike crash on one of Vista's high traffic roadways, then a Vista bicycle accident attorney can advise you of legal remedies available to you in your case.

Source: Bicycling, "How to avoid bike crashes," Joe Lindsey, accessed Nov. 17, 2017

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