Road hazards to lookout for while riding
Riding a bicycle is good for the waistline and good for the wallet. However, if you do not exercise care on the road, you might be involved in an accident. A bicycle accident can lead to serious injuries or even death. A bicyclist should be aware of the common road hazards. This awareness can help prevent you from being involved in a serious accident. Here are a few road hazards to lookout for:
- Potholes. Potholes are usually caused by the wear-and-tear and weathering of the roads. If you have been knocked off your bike by hitting a pothole or a bowl-shaped opening on the road, you may suffer from an injury. Take a picture of the pothole so you can refer to it later if needed.
- Defective road signs. These include poorly marked construction zones, inadequate signage warning of potholes or debris on pavement, missing or illegible road signs, missing or malfunctioning traffic signals and more. Non-functioning or out-of-order street lights can be an inconvenience for bicyclists who frequently ride their bikes at night.
- Drain grates. Drain grates are supposed to ensure traffic safety and keep the road from flooding. However, these can also cause bike accidents, especially if their covers are missing or left unrepaired. If your bike tire gets stuck in a drain grate, it can throw you off balance, causing you to crash.
- Construction debris. Beware of construction debris in the bike lane. Debris not removed from the road or small objects that obstruct the road can cause a crash. They may also become air borne and cause a head injuries.
- Poor behavior by motorists. Physical objects are not only the hazards on the roads. Other bikers and drivers can also cause an accident. Negligent drivers are those who drive too close to another bike or turn directly in front of a bike, causing a collision.
Bicycle risk statistics
Bicycles provide benefits to the environment, your health and savings. Despite these benefits, there are real risks, hazards and dangers in riding a bicycle. In 2011, a total of 675 bicyclists were killed in crashes with motor vehicles nationwide. During the same year, more bicyclists were killed in urban areas than in rural areas. Exercising safety measures on Kentucky roadways is very important. However, other drivers may not do the same thing. If you have been in a bicycle accident, a Kentucky accident attorney can help you achieve justice. Know your legal rights and get the financial compensation you deserve.