The Wonders of Bicycle Riding
Ormond Beach Bicycle Accident Attorney
Everyone imagines their own perfect day. When you live in Ormond Beach that perfect day will typically involve a trip to the beach. Why not make it a real adventure and bicycle there instead of taking a car? Spend the entire day being active and outside instead of stuck in traffic waiting for the light to turn and hoping you make it before it goes back to red. Not to mention it is great for your health both physically and mentally. You build up the leg muscles and get plenty of fresh air and sunlight. On top of all that, you also get to see things you never see when you are in a car. You fly down the road at 40 mph, eyes forward as you navigate the other cars around you. When you are on a bicycle though you have time to take in the scenery. Really get a chance to appreciate the beauty that Ormond Beach has to offer.
Don’t get too caught up in it all though. You have dangers to look out for as well. While bicycles are a ton of fun and a great way to stay fit they also come with their own risks. Being so small and light they don’t offer much protection in the case of an accident. In any form of an accident, you can be easily thrown, especially one that includes a motorist vehicle. The same can be true if you just hit a big enough bump or hole. Though typically those don’t tend to give you more than a few scrapes and bruises. It is the vehicle-related accidents that we are more worried about, and you should be too!
Some roads in the Ormond Beach and Daytona Beach area can be especially dangerous for bicyclists and even vehicles in general. Seabreeze is known for being an area high in accidents and collisions. You can’t avoid every dangerous road, or you will never get where you are going. The best you can do is be attentive and be safe while bicycling down to the beach, and the best way to be safe is to remember the laws of the road. Mainly knowing what side of the road to ride on, and where you can be easily seen day or night. Remember, just like driving a motorized vehicle, you should not be on your phone. Especially don’t use your phone or device with headphones as audible cues can be fundamental to your safety. You will hear a vehicle coming up behind you before you will see one. Even if you have mirrors on your bicycle, the sound of a running motor can reach you first.
Vibrant colors are always useful on a bike as well. Ever see a group of bicycle riders with bright blues, greens, pinks and so on? Did you notice them rather easily didn’t you? That is the main point of the colors, to make them stick out to motorists. Wearing darker colors or your typical camouflage makes you a lot harder to spot and more likely to get accidentally hit by a motorist. In fact, not making yourself visible might get the motorist off the hook. There is a documented case where a bicycle rider was struck by a vehicle at night, and the ruling was that since the bicycle rider wasn’t easily visible to the lady who hit him, it was not her fault.
So stay protected, stay visible, and stay ready. If you follow all these steps and still find yourself involved in an accident contact the Law Offices of Rue & Ziffra. We can defend you, and make sure you get the compensation you are rightfully due.