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Precautions can limit the chances of bicycle accidents

As the weather changes, cyclists will take to the British Columbia roads. Unfortunately, as in any other year, many victims of bicycle accidents will likely land in hospitals with injuries that could be traumatic. Cyclists have very little protection, and when they are struck by vehicles, the injuries are usually severe.

It is true that not all bicycle accidents are the fault of vehicle operators, and bicycle riders may want to take a few precautions to avoid causing accidents that could claim their lives. They could give the bike a proper service and make sure gears, brakes, lights and other parts are in good working order, and that the tires are properly inflated. Cyclists are subjected to the same road rules as drivers of vehicles, and a comprehensive knowledge and compliance with the laws are important.

Wearing protective gear -- including helmets -- is important, and cyclists must obey road markings, stop signs and traffic lights. They must ride in the same direction as vehicular traffic and use the bike lane or the right lane. Using hand signals is essential to show lane changes, turns and more.

By taking these steps, British Columbia cyclists may reduce the chances of becoming victims of bicycle accidents. However, as long as drivers of vehicles fail to keep a lookout for bicycles, cyclist will continue to suffer the consequences. Victims of such accidents can pursue recovery of damages by filing personal injury claims in a civil court. They also have the right to secure the services of an experienced personal injury lawyer to navigate such lawsuits on their behalf.

Source: channel3000.com, "Bike safety tips", June 1, 2017

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