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New Jersey Summer Bicycle Safety Tips

By Lependorf & Silverstein on August 1, 2016

If you are a bicycle enthusiast, you are probably looking forward to the impending summer months. The plentiful sunshine, fresh air, and warm weather will certainly be too tempting to avoid this year. Unfortunately, many New Jersey drivers are not used to sharing the road with bicyclists. This inattentiveness is a deadly threat to bicyclists everywhere, so if you are planning on riding down your favorite bike path or trail this summer, be sure to read the following safety tips first.

Wear a Helmet

Out of all the safety tips on this list, wearing a helmet is probably the most important. The head and neck are extremely susceptible to injury during New Jersey bicycle accidents, and a helmet can protect them from sustaining serious, life-threatening damage. When a vehicle collides with a bicycle, the rider will more than likely be thrown from the bike. This alone is a terrifying prospect, but if you do not wear a helmet, you could sustain debilitating neck, spinal cord, brain, or skull injuries. When choosing a bicycle helmet, be sure to find one that fits properly, and make sure that it is secured tightly before venturing out.

Increase Your Visibility

If you plan to ride your bike alongside major highways or roads, you will definitely want to make sure that you are visible to motorists. Wear brightly colored clothes, and avoid riding your bike at night. Do not wear headphones – this can make it difficult to hear potential threats. Placing reflectors on your bicycle can also make you more visible to drivers. By increasing you and your bike’s visibility, you can drastically reduce your chances of being involved in an accident with a motor vehicle.

Obey Traffic Laws

When riding your bike on a major roadway, please be sure to obey all traffic laws. These laws are in place to keep both drivers and bicyclists safe. It is also a good idea to do the following.

  • Remain on the far right side of the highway
  • Ride in the same direction as traffic
  • Look out for hazards and objects in the road
  • Stop at all traffic lights

We Care About Your Safety

If you intend to ride your bike this summer, please keep the tips above in mind. Here at Lependorf & Silverstein, P.C., we want you to stay as safe as possible this summer in Princeton. If you have any questions about bicycle safety or accidents, don’t hesitate to contact our office directly. We can be reached at (609) 240-0040.

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