Practice San Jose Bicycle Safety For National Bike Safety Month

Posted By Caputo & Van Der Walde LLP || 3-May-2011

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 surroundings.

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.

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