Bicycle Accidents Archives

The key to finding the right helmet to protect your head

Whether people use their bicycle as their sole source of transportation or simply as a way to exercise and enjoy nature, having a properly fitted helmet is critical to protecting their safety and wellbeing. Even in the most violent of collisions, bicyclists in Tennessee who do their research and invest in a high-quality helmet are much more likely to survive than those who do not have a good fitting helmet or opt not to wear a helmet at all. 

Reviewing nighttime visibility requirements for cyclists

Depending on the conditions, your bicycle can often get you to where you need to go in Shelby as easily as any other vehicle (and at a much cheaper price). Yet deciding to travel on the road on a bike brings with it risks, chief among those being the hazards posed by motorists. In many of the bicycle accident cases that we here at The Gold Law Firm assist with, a common refrain we hear from the drivers involved is that they never saw the bicyclists they hit (such a defense is typical when accidents occur at night). While yes, you want to ensure that you are doing all you can to make yourself visible on the road, the law does not place the impetus on your being seen solely on your shoulders. 

What can you do to cycle safely?

To keep Tennessee roads as safe as possible, drivers and cyclists have to look out for one another. There is no other way to make it happen. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration perhaps put it best: "A large percentage of crashes can be avoided if motorists and cyclists follow the rules of the road and watch out for each other." 

3 Tips on Sharing the Road With Cyclists

Drivers in Tennessee may have noticed an influx of cyclists over the years. As a result, it’s crucial that drivers are aware of the proper methods of driving alongside cyclists in order to prevent a serious accident from occurring. In this case, esurance.com offers the following tips to ensure the safety and well-being of all who share the road.

How Can I Safely Share the Road With Bicyclists?

As a Memphis motorist, you no doubt want to preserve safety for both yourself as well others. This is especially important when sharing the road with bicyclists. What might be a minor accident for passenger vehicles could be deadly to bicyclists, which is why Edmunds.com recommend the following advice to ensure everyone remains safe and sound on the road.

Bicycling safety: tips for the road

With Tennessee's spring in full bloom at last, cyclists around the state have quickly flocked to its gorgeous roads. Likewise, countless Tennessee drivers have hit the roads toward adventure. With this blend in transportation comes the inevitable safety risks. What can bicyclists in the state do to prevent a mishap? 

What are common causes for bicycle-motorist crashes?

Riding a bicycle in Tennessee allows you the opportunity to enjoy the fresh air and stunning scenery while commuting in an eco-savvy manner. Unfortunately, sharing the road with motorists can come with its share of danger. According to the Tennessee Traffic Safety Resource Office, however, many bicycle accidents can be prevented. Knowing some of the more common causes of crashes between bicyclists and motorists can help you adjust your riding accordingly and be more vigilant on the road.

Children and bicycle accidents

For a parent, there are many different concerns to keep in mind with respect to a child's well-being. Many parents are concerned about problems their child may face in the classroom, from performance on school assignments to bullies. However, when a child is involved in a traffic accident, his or her parent may feel as if their worst nightmare has come true. Many children enjoy riding bicycles, which can be a great way for them to get exercise and spend time with friends. Unfortunately, there is also the risk of being hit by a vehicle if they ride near the road.

Tennessee's bicycling safety practices and the law

As some cities in Tennessee continue to see major population booms, bicyclists from near and far are drawn to the state's pristine valleys and majestic mountain views. Cycling is certainly a healthy choice of exercise, as well as a cheaper option than driving to work or school. Yet does the congestion of city traffic and placing trust in distracted drivers make this choice in exercise a safe one? 

Are bicyclists safe in tennessee?

Various cities across the country have taken pride in their increasing bicycle friendliness. Denver and Austin are among some of the top-rated places in the U.S. to ride a bike, but cities in Tennessee have yet to make that list. While hot places on the map such as Nashville will likely reach a more bike-friendly status in the future, it is important for cyclists to know the possible risks and safety factors sooner than later. 

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