This past Tuesday Sally Meyerhoff a well known marathon runner was tragically killed in a bicycle accident in Maricopa, AZ. The famous 27-year-old runner collided with a pickup truck and died instantly. She qualified for the 2012 Olympic marathon trials and was the winner of the recent 2011 P.F. Chang’s Rock ‘n Roll Marathon. Her early and tragic death serves as a reminder for all occupants of the road to obey traffic laws and to abide by safety precautions.
Every year in the United States more than 500,000 people are sent to the emergency room for bicycle related accidents. Tragically, around 700 people are killed in bicycle accidents every year. In this post we will discuss measures that bicyclists can take in order to ensure their safety. We all know that wearing a properly fitting bicycle helmet is a major factor in bicycle safety. A proper helmet can reduce the risk of head injury by 85 percent and should lay flat on the head. Bicyclists should also make sure their bike properly fits them and that wheels and handlebars are properly secured before riding.
Bicyclists should also check their bicycles’ brakes before riding too. The brake system should have the ability to stop the bike quickly, and if the bike has handbrakes the handbrake levers should never touch the handlebars when applied. Brake pads should be situated one-eighth of an inch of the wheel rim. Not only do bicyclists have a need for proper working gear, they also have a need to be seen. Riders should try to be as visible as possible in order to alert motorized vehicles of their presence. That means bicycle riders should wear bright colors like neon and fluorescent. Next time, our grand rapids personal injury lawyers will continue with the discussion of bicycle safety advice.