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May is National Bicycle Safety Month | Here Are Some Tips to Ensure Your Safety

May is National Bicycle Safety Month | Here Are Some Tips to Ensure Your Safety

As the warm weather is almost fully in grasp, more and more cyclists will begin to take to the road. Cycling is a fun, healthy hobby, however, if done recklessly or improperly, it can become quite dangerous, as cyclists are far more vulnerable to the elements than all others on the road. Please continue reading to learn more about how to avoid a serious bike accident.

  • See and be seen. This means ensuring you wear bright colors, have reflectors on your bike, and install lights on your bicycle, especially if you plan on cycling at night. That being said, you should also remain constantly alert for any potential safety hazards you may encounter. These can include negligent motorists, unsafe roadways, debris in the road, and more.
  • Inspect your bicycle before heading out. One of the most important things any cyclist can do is to check each part of his or her bicycle to ensure it will function in optimal condition. Check your bike chain, brakes, and otherwise each time before you leave.
  • Always wear a helmet: This may save your life. If you should ever be involved in a bike accident, wearing a helmet may be the one thing that saves you from a serious head injury.
  • Bike predictably: This means ensuring you bike in a straight line, always use the shoulder when you can, and notify all other motorists on the road when you plan on turning via the appropriate hand signals.

Unfortunately, many cyclists do so responsibly, following all of the aforementioned advice and still find themselves injured as a result of another party’s negligence. If you are someone who was involved in a bicycle accident with a careless motorist, there is a very good chance you are now seeking financial compensation to help cover the cost of your medical bills, lost wages, and more. Our experienced Westchester County personal injury attorneys can help you do so, however, you must ensure you file your lawsuit within the state’s statute of limitations. The statute of limitations for personal injury claims in New York State is, generally, three years, leaving you three years from the date of your accident to sue. Do not wait past the three-year mark, for if you do, you will most likely be barred from suing. We are here to help you through every step of the claims process ahead. All you have to do is ask.

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Hausman & Pendzick effectively represent victims of negligence in Westchester County and across the state of New York. We understand how challenging life can be without financial compensation for serious injuries you have wrongly sustained. If you need a knowledgeable and skilled personal injury attorney to help you recover compensation after an accident, contact Hausman & Pendzick today.

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