Here’s How to Stay Safe on Your Bicycle Commute

By Peter DePaolis

With warmer weather on its way, you might be thinking about commuting to work on your bicycle throughout the Maryland area. Some car insurance companies even offer lower rates for bicycle commuters because it means fewer miles traveled in the car. Cyclists also feel the savings in their wallets by avoiding the high gas prices associated with driving a car.

Despite the cost-saving measures, you should be aware of the inherent dangers that accompany bicycle commuting. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reports that almost 75 percent of daytime bicycle crashes result in the cyclist’s death. Most fatal crashes take place in urban areas at non-intersection locations, according to NHTSA. With more and more distracted motorists on the road than ever before, bicyclists have to be especially cautious and attentive to road conditions.

To enjoy a safe bicycle commute, here are some simple steps to follow:

  • Always wear a safety helmet – broken bones can heal, but a traumatic brain injury can have life-long consequences.
  • Ride in the designated bicycle lane if there is one.
  • Try to plan a route that has less vehicle traffic even if it is a little out of the way.
  • Do not wear any clothing that can entangle with the bicycle’s chain or spokes.
  • Use the appropriate hand signals at intersections to let motorists know your intentions.

Do you know a bicycle commuter injured by a distracted driver in the Maryland area? Contact our office today.

Koonz, McKenney, Johnson & DePaolis L.L.P.

Maryland, Washington, D.C., and Virginia Injury Attorneys

About the Author
Peter DePaolis joined the firm in 1980 and has since represented a large number of individuals involved in automobile collisions, truck accidents, bus crashes, defective products, and medical malpractice cases. A significant portion of Mr. DePaolis’ practice is devoted to working on behalf of people suffering from asbestosis, mesothelioma, and other asbestos-related cancers. He has led his firm’s fight against the asbestos industry and has recovered over $30 million in damages for asbestos victims and their families.