Choosing two wheels over four is not only a great way to save on gas, but it could save you years of health complications later as well.
One British medical journal published a study confirming how bicycling to work and around town could improve your health and longevity. In fact, the study found that workers who commute using a bike were at a lower risk for heart disease and cancer – the two leading causes of premature death in the United States.
More so, taking your bike to work beats walking to work.
Opting for two wheels instead of four is not easy. Also, there are significant risks that come with cycling to work – with the biggest being motorists that do not look out for cyclists. Regardless, there is a trend starting that favors cycling over driving. According to the data from the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT), the number of cyclists deaths rose 12 percent – which means more people are cycling, but car drivers are still not paying attention.
Despite the risks, you can get yourself up and ready to tackle the day with your bike in tow. If you are not sure where to get started, here are a few tips:
You cannot rely on motorists to look for you while you cycle to work. Instead, you must take matters into your own hands. Before you cross in front of vehicles, make eye contact with the driver. If you plan to ride on the road or in a bike lane, learn the cyclist signals. These signals notify motorists of your turn and stopping intentions.
Go with the flow of traffic too. When you are riding along parked cars, be on the lookout for drivers who may be opening their doors. In fact, one of the leading causes of serious accidents for cyclists was being “doored,” which involves someone opening a car door on the cyclist traveling at high speeds.
If you were riding to work on your bike, but you were injured in an accident with an inattentive or negligent motorist, you have the right to seek compensation from that driver.
Hold drivers accountable for their actions with the advocates from Koonz McKenney Johnson & DePaolis LLP. Our attorneys understand how traumatic these types of accidents are, and we are here to ensure you receive the compensation you need.
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