The weather is warming up, and as a consequence we are starting to see more cyclists out on our roads.
With summer just around the corner more and more cyclists are starting to venture onto Sydney roads. While many are out riding for fun and fitness there are those who are dedicated to using a push bike to get to and from work every day. When you ride a bike you are much more open to the dangers of the road and lack the protection that you would get when driving a car. For this reason, it is much more important that you follow the road rules and stay safe while out on the road.
How To Stay Safe Out On The Road
Any time you are out on the road, regardless of where you are or what you are doing, you need to stay safe. This means making sure you obey all of the road rules so you and other riders and motorists around you all go home safe and unhurt.
Below are a few points you should always follow when cycling.
- Always wear a helmet
This is one of the most important things you need to do before you even get on your bike. Always wear an approved bike helmet that is fitted properly and always fastened.
- Follow the road rules
This goes for anyone using the road, whether you ride a bike or drive a car, motorbike or truck. Everyone should always be obeying the road rules to avoid any unnecessary accidents and collisions. As a cyclist, this means you also need to pay extra attention to stop signs, give way signs and traffic lights. This also means you need to use hand signals when making left or right hand turns or any time that you want to change lanes. Riding in a manner where drivers know where you are going will help drivers not have to react suddenly if you make an unexpected move.
- Share the road
When cycling it can be hard for cars to see you. Make sure you are sharing the road and staying within your lane. Always ride in a predictable manner to avoid any accidents. Wearing bright coloured clothes can help you stand out in high traffic areas and make you visible to all road users around you.
What To Do If You Have An Accident
Unfortunately, not all road accidents are avoidable. Even though you try your hardest to follow the road rules you may find yourself involved in an accident with another cyclist or motorist. If this is the case there are a few things you should do.
- Seek Medical Help
This goes without saying, if you are hurt or injured while out on the road seek medical help as soon as possible. Your health and wellbeing are the number one priority at the time of an accident. Make sure an ambulance is called if you or another motorist require it. When it comes to seeking compensation for your injuries it is important that you tell the Doctor or Medical Professional how your injuries were sustained.
- Speak to a Personal Injury Lawyer
Injuries sustained while out on the road can be instantly life changing. To help you get through such a tough time compensation can help to ease the financial burden. Speak to a personal injury lawyer Sydney to find out your legal rights and what you could be entitled to.
AJB Stevens are the experts in bicycle accident compensation. Our team always work to make you a priority and help to get your life back on track as soon as possible.
Contact AJB Stevens today to arrange an appointment to talk about your personal injury compensation claim.