Before a cyclist goes on the road, it is imperative that personal protective equipment such as a helmet is worn, as a fall may cause a life-threatening head injury. Also important are gloves, to prevent painful cuts from a fall on the hands. At night headlights are required by law. These should be bright enough so that the cyclist is detected from a long way off. A loud horn and a reflector vest are also important as these will help in making the cyclist more visible to motorists. It is often the case that cyclists are overlooked and consequently get knocked down.
While cycling, certain accidents may be avoided by being aware of cyclists’ rights and responsibilities such as knowing when to give way. Some cycling accidents however cannot be avoided especially if the roads are badly maintained and the potholes they contain present a real fall hazard. Certain slippery patches on the roads such as diesel or petrol patches are also a great danger as they might lead to loss of bicycle control.
Although drivers are required to drive responsibly, this is not always the case. Drunk driving and negligence are often a reason for bicycle accidents, leading to tragic consequences. Other road hazards are swinging car doors and defective bicycle brakes.
Nowadays most roads have bicycle lanes and cyclists are requested to use these lanes so as to decrease the danger of accidents, however not all streets have such lanes. In this case, it is important that the cyclist keeps to his side of the lane and not drive in the middle, to avoid getting hit by a passing vehicle.
If the cyclist is involved in an accident and an injury is sustained, it is best to hire an attorney who will help in getting compensation, more so if the accident is not the cyclist’s fault.