How to Plan a Safe Bicycle Ride in MississippiMississippi Legal News
Many people in Mississippi love to ride their bikes. A bicycle ride can be a form of exercise, it can be a fun recreational activity, or it can be an effective and healthy mode of transportation. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, there are almost 70 million people in the United States that ride bicycles, and close to 29% of the homes in the country have more than one rider. Bicycle riding is a good way to burn some calories and stay active but it comes with its risks. Every year, the CDC indicates that there are more than 600,000 people who will be injured while they are riding their bikes and those injures are severe enough that they require treatment in an emergency room. Some people are not as lucky to survive their bicycle injuries and around 824 will die from them.
There are many considerations when it comes to riding as safely as possible. The first is using the right protective gear with a bicycle helmet being the most important piece of equipment. When a properly fitted helmet is used, the severe head injuries after a bicycle crash are reduced significantly by 80%. Despite this significant amount of protection that helmets allow for, a shocking 19% of adults and 15% of children regularly use a bicycle helmet.
Tips to Plan a Safe Bike Ride in Mississippi
First and foremost, wear a properly fitted helmet if you want to best protect yourself from serious trauma to your head, which is the most common location of injury that leads to death and major bodily damage in a bicycle accident. Then:
- Do not ride your bike from six p.m. through nine p.m., which is the most common timeframe where deadly bicycle accidents happen. Generally, a good rule of thumb is to not ride anytime after 6 p.m.
- If you must ride in inclement weather conditions or when it gets dark make sure you are wearing reflective gear and that your bike is equipped with reflectors.
- Never drive if you are inebriated on alcohol or drugs.
- Drive on less busy roads.
- Make sure the bike you are riding is correct for your size so you can handle it more effectively.
- Make sure that your bike is well maintained and is in good working order. Specifically, do not ride a bike that has brake issues.
- Only one person should be sitting on the bicycle’s seat.
- If you have to travel with various items, use a backpack or buy specialized packs meant to hold items that attach to the bike.
Speak with a Mississippi Personal Injury Attorney Today
Even when you take all the precautions and are as responsible as possible accidents happen. If you were injured by a negligent party in Mississippi and you sustained injuries from your bike ride, please call the Mississippi personal injury attorneys at Germany Law Firm, PLLC at (601) 487-0555 to schedule your free consultation.