Cycling in Tampa: How to Navigate Safely
Posted By Givens Givens Sparks || Apr 22, 2016
If you like taking out your bicycle and riding around the city, you surely understand the dangers that are present. It is important to know the various ways to navigate Tampa safely while cycling. This allows you to avoid serious risks and potential bicycle accidents. At Givens Givens Sparks, we want you to protect yourself while cycling. Our Tampa bicycle accident lawyers provide tips so you are not a victim in a serious collision.
Stay Alert & Look Around
Unfortunately, not all bicyclists pay close attention to their surroundings and some feel that just because a traffic sign permits them to cross a street, they can do so without looking. Just because you’re obeying the traffic laws does not mean others will. Even if the crosswalk or stop light gives permission to proceed, look around to make sure no vehicles are driving recklessly.
Ride with Traffic
Not only should you look out for other vehicles, you should remain visible to them, as well. This means riding with traffic rather than against it. Unfortunately, riding against traffic may make it tough for motorists to see you and it could make you vulnerable for an accident.
Avoid Riding Your Bike at Night
If you absolutely have to ride your bike at night, make sure you are equipped with the correct reflectors and / or other necessary equipment. You should also ride your bike under the assumption that drivers cannot see you. This means making sure you are in the proper lanes and are riding within the permitted areas.
Follow Traffic Signs
Whether you are approaching a crosswalk with a “don’t walk” signal or a traffic officer is letting cross traffic through the intersection, make sure you pay attention and follow directions. If you don’t, a serious accident can result and it could leave you injured.
Wear Proper Safety Gear
While some may prefer to wear elbow pads, knee pads, or other safety equipment, the most important piece of gear is the helmet. Even if you refuse to wear any other protective gear, a helmet is a must. It can protect your head from sustaining serious damage in the event of an accident.
Bicycle accidents are very dangerous. Bicyclists do not have the same protections that a driver in a vehicle does. There is nothing to keep them safe from collision. If you or someone you love has been injured, you may be able to seek compensation. It is important to have a Tampa bicycle accident attorney on your side who knows how to protect your rights and help you move forward.
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