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Bicycle and pedestrian accidents | Safe biking 101

Those who frequently ride bicycles in Oklahoma City and its surrounding areas probably have a good grasp of how to stay safe. Still, a brief refresher is never a bad idea, plus it helps those new to biking avoid accidents in the city.

Just like victims of pedestrian accidents, bicycle accident victims can suffer catastrophic or fatal injuries. After the accident has already happened, it is too late to improve your safety knowledge. Even if you bike all the time, taking a few minutes to remember the following safe biking "rules of the road" can save your life.

Be mindful of the law: Just like motorists, you have a responsibility to follow the law at all times. This means obeying all stop signs and traffic signals. To prevent a tragic bicycle accident, you should also ride with the flow of traffic instead of against traffic.

Be predictable when riding: Riding in a nice predictable straight line and not swerving between motorists are good examples of this rule. You should also remember to signal traffic when you are turning, stopping or changing lanes.

Be ready for the unexpected: This means keeping your attention on what is happening around you. This helps you anticipate traffic changes and spot potential hazards like debris or potholes.

Be prepared for safe biking: Do your part to promote safety by wearing bright or reflective gear, ensuring your bike is in good repair and carrying tools and safety gear at all times.

Unfortunately, bicycle and pedestrian accidents are unpleasant facts of life in America. If, despite you attention to safety, you do suffer injuries in a bicycle accident, the Oklahoma legal system can help you seek and find a remedy. Consider speaking with an attorney about your case.

Source: The League of American Bicyclists, "Rules of the Road," accessed July 24, 2017

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