Throughout the month of May, the California Office of Traffic Safety and other government agencies will be highlighting safe cycling practices for National Bicycle Safety Month. Although fatalities among bicyclists have been declining-down 9.2 percent from 109 in 2008 to 99 in 2009 and 2010-the number of recorded injuries has been rising. Children are especially susceptible, with more injuries attributed to bikes than any other consumer product except automobiles, explains a California personal injury lawyer. Anticipating the spike in accidents that often accompanies the summer months, the Office of Traffic Safety released a list of suggestions to keep cyclists safe:
• Always wear a helmet that is compliant with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission’s standards.
• When selecting a helmet, choose one that fits properly on the top of the head and does not rock forward, backward, or side-to-side.
• Make sure your bike is the appropriate size for your height. When sitting on the seat, your feet should reach the ground.
• Check and maintain brakes, gears, and tires, as well as reflectors.
• As with vehicles, there are laws for bicyclists. Learn and abide by them.
• Stay focused, alert, and visible to motorists while riding.
With warmer weather on the way, bicycling can be a healthy and fun alternative to driving. Just as with driving, however, safety precautions must be taken to prevent accidents.
All of us at Allen, Flatt, Ballidis, and Leslie would like to wish you a safe summer.
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