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How to Reduce Your Risk of Getting into a Bicycle Crash

By Jose Ceja
Managing Attorney

As the weather continues to become warmer and the days longer, the allure of spending time outside greatly increases. One way in which people tend to spend more time outside is by bicycling. Riding a bike can be a great form of exercise, a relaxing way to get fresh air, and a smart way to help the environment by reducing your carbon footprint. But whether you are simply riding for leisure or using your bicycle as a means of getting to work on time, it can be a dangerous activity. Here is how you can reduce your risk of getting into a bicycle crash. 

1. Always, always always wear a helmet. 

Although you may believe that a helmet isn’t necessary or doesn’t look “cool,” this couldn’t be further from the truth. Sure, Texas law does not require the use of a bicycle helmet, but that doesn’t mean it’s not important. Wearing a helmet when you ride a bicycle can significantly reduce the risk of suffering a serious or even fatal head injury. The benefits of wearing a helmet are anything but uncool – they can be lifesaving. 

2. Follow the laws of the road.

Sure, bicycles don’t have motors and therefore don’t have the same power that motor vehicles do. However, this doesn’t make following the same laws any less important. It’s key that bicyclists follow the same rules of the road. Bicyclists do not enjoy special privileges that make them immune from stopping at red lights, yielding to pedestrians, and respecting stop signs. Riding in designated bike lanes can also help to reduce the risk of bike accidents and injuries. They are there for a reason. 

3. Ensure that you can be seen by others. 

One of the biggest reasons as to why bicycle accidents occur in the first place is because those involved fail to see the bicycle and the rider. Since bicycles are much smaller and quieter than standard motor vehicles, they often get overlooked. Therefore, it makes senses that the more easily you can be seen on your bicycle, the safer you will be. Research has shown that wearing bright colors, such as fluorescent yellow, orange, and red are most visible during the day. It’s best to avoid riding your bicycle at night, but if you must, be sure to wear reflective clothing and utilize headlamps, tail lamps, and flashing lights whenever possible. When others can easily see you, it allows them ample opportunity to avoid getting too close to you. Rather, they will be able to avoid colliding with you. 

The Attorneys at Ceja Law Firm Help Those in Houston Who Have Been Injured in a Bicycle Accident

If you or a loved one has been injured in a bicycle accident due to the recklessness or negligence of another, it’s vital that you understand to what you are entitled under the law. With this information under your belt, you can make the important decisions regarding how you want to move forward. That’s why it’s in your best interest to consult with a knowledgeable and experienced Texas personal injury attorney.

At Ceja Law Firm PLLC, we understand the impact that a bicycle accident can have on many parts of your life and the importance of properly dealing with such negligence or recklessness. That’s why we will work to get you the compensation that you deserve. To learn more or to schedule a free consultation, contact us today!

About the Author
Jose Ceja is the managing attorney of Ceja Law Firm. He has practiced law since 2007 and has devoted his career to the practice of criminal law. Mr. Ceja began his legal career as a felony drug prosecutor, where he prosecuted drug, gang, and violent offenses. Mr. Ceja has first or second chaired almost 100 trials, including murders, drug cases, DWIs, and assaults. In his career as a defense attorney, he has regularly obtained dismissals, not guilty verdicts, and grand jury “no bills” in a wide variety of cases.