Just the same as when you’re operating a motor vehicle, it’s critical that you avoid distractions when riding a bike.
If you take your attention away from the road for any reason, it greatly increases the risk of an accident. Not to mention the fact that you also put others at risk.
Here are some of the most common distractions you’ll deal with as a bicyclist:
- Technology: For example, you may like to listen to music while you’re riding your bike. Unfortunately, this makes it difficult to hear what’s going on around you, such as a car that’s beeping. Don’t wear headphones when riding a bike. Also, don’t get into the habit of talking on the phone or texting.
- Other bicyclists: You’re not the only person riding their bike. This is particularly true if you’re driving in a populated area, such as downtown Denver. Take extra care to ensure that you always know where other bicyclists are at.
- Pedestrians: When bicycling in a city setting, pedestrians pose a risk. They can distract you in a variety of ways, such as by crossing in front of you while you’re traveling at a high rate of speed. This takes your attention away from the rest of the road, which could lead to an accident.
- Billboards, signs and businesses: For example, you’re driving through downtown Denver and you decide to take in the sights. Soon enough, you’re reading all the signs displayed in the windows of the many businesses that line the street. As a result, you’re not paying much attention to where you’re riding or what’s happening around you. Don’t let your eyes wander when you’re riding a bike.
These are just a few of the many types of distractions that could come into play when riding a bike. It’s your personal responsibility to avoid them at all costs.
Unfortunately, even if you’re 100% alert, you could still suffer an injury in an accident. For instance, a driver may neglect to yield to you in a crosswalk, thus hitting you head on.
If you’re injured in a bicycle accident, receiving immediate medical care is your top priority. As time and your health allows, you can then take action against the negligent driver.