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Tips for avoiding accidents as a cyclist

Approximately 2,689 injuries on bikes occur every year in Illinois. If you practice cycling, it’s important to know how to avoid collisions to protect yourself and avoid injuries.

Know the local laws

Although there’s the risk of bicycle and motor vehicle collisions occurring while riding your bike, there are still ways you can remain safe. Keep your head up and look at the road instead of down at your bike. Don’t use your smartphone or look down at the device while riding.

Ride defensively and go with the same flow as the traffic. Obey all traffic and street signs and assume all other drivers on the road don’t see you. Scan the road for any hazards that may be present, which include train tracks, rocks and potholes.

Always stay on the right side of the road and in a single file if you’re riding with other cyclists. Check the local laws in advance if you plan to ride in an unfamiliar area. In addition, maintain the bike you use to ensure that it’s safe to use by keeping the parts lubricated and clean.

Who can you contact for legal assistance?

If you’re involved in a collision while cycling, you may want to obtain representation from a personal injury and learn your rights. An attorney may guide you in the next steps to take and work to protect your rights while reviewing the details of the case. You can also reach out to a lawyer for cases related to drunk drivers, hit-and-run drivers, uninsured motorists, and dangerous or poorly maintained roads that caused you to become injured while riding a bicycle.

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