Bicyclists put their lives on the line when they head out on the roads throughout Colorado Springs. Whether out training for a marathon or enjoying our pleasant weather, cyclists are the most exposed group on the road and often at the mercy of other drivers. While proper training for both bicyclists and drivers can help eliminate bicycle accidents in our communities, new technology may also lend a helping hand.
Bicyclists in Colorado Springs are at the mercy of the drivers around them. You might hope that they will always follow the law and avoid driving recklessly, but the unfortunate truth is that it is very easy for a driver to slip up and catastrophically injure a bicyclist. Following a collision with a car, you deserve full compensation for all of the trauma you have gone through. But to get the money you need to heal and move on with your life, you need to build a strong case against the driver – otherwise, their insurance company will fight tooth and nail to minimize your claim.
A dooring accident happens when a motorist opens a car door directly in the path of a bicyclist. This sudden obstacle makes a crash inevitable, often seriously injuring the cyclist. Dooring accidents can easily be avoided if drivers and passengers check for cyclists before opening their doors.
Bicycle season is here, and wipeouts are all but inevitable. As reported by People Powered Movement (PPM), there were 45,000 bicycle accidents reported in the U.S. in a recent year. Biking is an eco-friendly, healthy form of transportation that is becoming increasingly popular among active, health-minded people. Unfortunately, the more bike trips you take, the higher your risk for a crash.
Summer is upon us. With it comes the opportunity for outdoor activities such as bicycling. Unfortunately, every summer sees a spike in the number of accidents and severe injuries on Colorado roadways involving cyclists.
No one likes contemplating worst-case scenarios, but do yourself and your family a favor and take a little extra time to think about bicycle safety before heading out this year. It’s always preferable to prevent accidents before they happen instead of dealing with their aftermath.
Bikes and cars frequently meet at intersections and it is a common place for accidents to occur. The most common type of intersection collision happens when the cyclist is required to stop at a stop sign and the motorist does not have a stop sign. What frequently happens is that after stopping, the cyclist then rides out into the intersection in front of the car, when in fact the car has the right-of-way. In this situation the cyclist is as fault. Oftentimes, this type of accident occurs with cyclists under 15 years of age.
Bicycling is more than just a form of recreation for several people throughout Colorado Springs, it’s also a leading mode of transportation. There are unquestionable benefits to riding a bike. Bicycling is better for the environment, costs very little to maintain, and is a great method of exercise. It’s no wonder than more and more people are taking up bicycling and making it a part of their daily lives.
Spring is in full swing in Colorado, which means that adults and children alike are heading out onto the roads to enjoy bicycling. Although Colorado does not require bicyclists to wear helmets, choosing a helmet may significantly reduce the risk of a fatal or severe traumatic brain injury (TBI) in certain accidents.
A study in the New England Journal of Medicine examined 235 case studies of patients admitted to emergency rooms with head injuries following a bicycle crash. It compared these head-injury patients to 433 patients who received emergency room care for other bicycle accident injuries.
Bicycling safely means making yourself visible, always wearing your helmet, and knowing your route before you leave. But it also means making sure that your bicycle is in good condition and ready to go. Looking over your bicycle before you ride takes only a few minutes, and it can save you from a serious accident or injury.
To double-check your bicycle efficiently and thoroughly, keep in mind the “ABC Quick Check” tips from the League of American Bicyclists:
- Air: First, check your tires for damage. Note the recommended air pressure listed on the side of the tire. Check your air pressure in both tires, and inflate them to the listed pressure if they are low.
Bicycling is great exercise, and in the Colorado summer, it can also be a great deal of fun and help save on transportation costs and the environment. However, many types of accidents can befall a bicyclist when drivers are careless or distracted.
While most bicyclists fear rear-end collisions from cars, these types of accidents are rare, comprising only about 3.8 percent of all bicycle crashes. There are also several ways a bicyclist can protect himself or herself from a rear-end collision: