As summer approaches, more and more people will be dusting off their bicycles
to enjoy one of the most pleasant warm weather activities: bicycling.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and the American
Automobile Association (AAA) have teamed up to launch their bike safety
month campaign, “Roll Model,” which reminds adults to set
positive examples to encourage the younger generation to ride safely throughout
the year. Following some useful safety tips, as well as following
San Jose bicycle laws, will ensure that you and your family will enjoy riding this summer.
Equipment plays a vital role in bicycle safety. One of the most important
pieces of equipment, other than the bicycle itself, is a helmet. Wearing
a proper bicycle helmet that fits can help prevent serious head injury
in the case of a fall or Northern California bike accident. Head injuries
are the most common type of injury suffered by bicyclists, and so it is
essential to wear an appropriate helmet. It may be tempting to buy a larger
helmet for a child to grow into, but a loose helmet that may fall off
does not provide proper protection.
Also an important and required piece of equipment for bike riding is the
bicycle itself. Ensuring that the bicycle is properly maintained and adjusted,
and that it has adequate tires and fully functionally brakes is very important.
A person must trust that their bike can transport them safely from point
A to point B, as well as handle any emergency maneuvers. An attached rear-view
mirror would also be helpful so that a person maintains awareness of their
How one rides their bike is also a factor in their safety. Bicycles on
the road must following the same traffic laws as motor-vehicles. Keeping
to the right side of the road, travelling with the flow of traffic, obeying
traffic lights and stop signs, abiding by right-of –way laws, and
signaling when turning or changing direction are vital to staying safe
when sharing the road with motor-vehicles.
Unfortunately, these safety guidelines alone cannot prevent all bicycle
accidents. If you or a loved one has been in a bike accident in San Jose
that was caused by the reckless or negligent actions of another, you may
be entitled to financial compensation for your losses. Our
San Jose bicycle accident attorneys at Van Der Walde & Associates, LLP, can help you determine the best
course of legal action for your particular case. Contact us today for
a consultation at (800) 900-0863.