2022 was the deadliest year on record for bicycle accidents in Utah, with 15 people killed and many more seriously injured.
The increase in bicycle accidents is likely due to the growing popularity of cycling in Utah and an increase in distracted driving. More and more people are taking to the trails and surrounding roads for recreation, fitness, transportation, and mental health therapy and, unfortunately, more and more people are checking their phones while they are driving.
Ways cyclists can stay safe on the Roads and Trails
Wear a Helmet
This is the most important safety measure you can take. Helmets can significantly reduce the risk of head injury in the event of a crash.
Be Aware of Your Surroundings and Ride Defensively
This means being aware of other trail users, such as hikers and runners, and giving them plenty of space. It also means being aware of potential hazards such as gravel, sand or potholes on the road. Anticipate someone running a stop sign or a red light. Never assume a car can see you.
Obey Traffic Laws
Cyclists are entitled to the same rights and responsibilities as motorists. This includes stopping at stop signs, riding with traffic, as well as signaling your turning intentions.
Use Lights or Reflectors Day and Night
This will make you more visible to motorists and other trail users.
Ride on Designated Trails:
This will help to reduce the risk of encountering unintended trail traffic or other hazards. It’s also important to help conserve the trail and prevent erosion.
Additional Tips for Staying Safe on the Roads and Trails Include:
- Avoid riding in heavy traffic.
- Ride with the flow of traffic not against it.
- Use hand signals to indicate your turns and to get a motorists attention.
- Wear bright clothing so that you are visible to others.
- Take breaks and hydrate
By following these tips, you can help to reduce the risk of being injured in a bicycle accident.
What to do if You Have Been in a Bicycle Accident
If you are involved in.a bicycle accident, it is important to seek medical attention immediately. Even if you do not feel injured, you may have sustained a head injury that is not immediately apparent. You should also contact a personal injury attorney to discuss your legal options.
At LifeLaw Personal Injury, we understand the importance of bicycle safety. We have a team of experienced attorneys who can help you if you have been injured in a bicycle accident. In fact, one of our attorneys, David Francis, is a former member of the U.S Cycling Team and teammate to Lance Armstrong, George Hincapie, and Jonathan Vaughters. “Our cycling background and experience uniquely positions LifeLaw to both empathize with cycling accident victims and fight on their behalf” states David Francis. “We will fight to get you the financial compensation you deserve for your medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering, as well as any other damages. These damages also include future damages for injuries that continue into the future, even after your case has settled.”
If you have been injured in a bicycle accident, contact