When you hear that traffic fatalities in the United States have declined, you probably assume that cyclist fatalities have gone down as well. It's all related and general safety on the road extends to everyone, right?
Bicycle accident injuries can be incredibly serious, even in an accident that does not appear all that significant from the outside. You do not have to get hit by a car that runs a red light, for instance, to suffer substantial injuries or even pass away.
The most serious bicycle accidents are those leading to head trauma and injuries. In some cases, these are just exterior injuries, such as lacerations, bruises and even fractures. In other cases, they are interior injuries, which are often brain injuries.
News cycles come and go. If a few bicycle accidents happen in a short period of time, you start to feel like cycling is more dangerous than it's ever been before. You wonder if you should look for a new hobby or a new means of transportation.
People sometimes think of road rash as a "minor" injury in a bicycling accident. Compared to a head or brain injury, it is relatively minor, but this doesn't mean you should underestimate the impact. It can be incredibly painful and keep you out of work. It can get infected and lead to serious complications. It can lead to scarring that forever changes your appearance. You have to take road rash seriously.
In order to make it safer and easier for cyclists to share the road with cars, many areas have implemented special bike lanes that cyclists can use. These are generally just thin lanes running along the right-hand side of the road.
You know that it is smart to wear a helmet when you ride your bike, but did you know that not all bike helmets are the same? It is critical that you understand the differences between the different styles and how to pick the right one for you.
"There is safety in numbers." This common expression reflects the idea that being part of a group makes it more difficult to become the victim of an accident or attack. While this may be true when it comes to walking at night or exploring an unfamiliar place, it isn't always the case when it comes to cycling.
A lot of drivers hit cyclists that they simply never see. In some cases, this can be traced to dangerous driving habits, like texting and driving. However, many cases involve drivers who look right at the bicycles, still do not see them, and cause the accidents.
There are those who say modern bike helmets simply do not offer enough protection, still allowing injuries to occur in a crash. While that may be true, a new study suggests that cyclists should not simply give up on their helmets. They still cut the odds of a serious head injury down by half.