Ontario’s picturesque landscape and cooler temperatures make it the perfect area for cycling enthusiasts to enjoy a long ride on their bicycle. Though riding is generally a relaxing pastime, the threat of a vehicle collision does exist. It is vital that cyclists stay aware of their location and maintain high visibility to avoid being injured while riding.
The following safe riding tips for cyclists can help combat the high number of riders who are involved in auto accidents annually. The Canadian Auto Association reported data from Transport Canada citing a yearly average of 7,500 injured cyclists, 18% of which were under the age of 16 and were killed from the accident.
Were you or someone you love injured in a bike vs. car crash? If so, you could be entitled to compensation that could assist with medical bills, hospital costs, pain and suffering, lost wages, and other related expenses that you incurred because of the accident.
The legal team of Greg Monforton & Partners believes the victims of bicycle accidents deserve fair and competent representation in a court of law. We will always fight for the MAXIMUM compensation due to our clients, and because we work on a contingency fee basis, you pay us nothing unless we win your case.
Safe Riding Tips for Cyclists
The most basic way to remain safe on Canadian roads and highways is to follow the law at all times, but there are other safe riding tips that can help keep cyclists alive in very dangerous situations.
Some of the most important things to remember when riding in Ontario are:
Inspect cycling equipment
Is your bike in good working order and roadworthy?
Pull on the brake levers to check their wear. Contact a bike shop for help fixing them if need be.
Check bikes tires
Is the tread good? Are there any holes in the tires?
Dress to be seen
Wear brightly colored or reflective clothing so cars will see you.
Check height of the bike
Make sure when sitting on the bike, the tips of your toes touch the ground. Too high and you will not be able to pedal and stop correctly; too low and the bike will be unbalanced.
Do not wear loose-fitting clothing
The proper cycling attire is tight but breathable, as loose-fitting clothing could get caught in gears and cause an accident.
Always wear a helmet
It is mandatory for children under 18 to wear a helmet in Ontario, but it is always wise no matter what age the rider.
Protect your eyes
Flying rocks, dirt, and other debris can easily blind a rider and cause them to crash or even create an accident with a vehicle. Similarly, eye protection is crucial in the event of an accident with a vehicle.
Know the road rules
Common sense may dictate to most riders how to behave, but when driving with cars it is even more important: always signal your intentions, ride with the flow of traffic, obey traffic signs and signals, and never assume you have the right of way, even though vehicles should yield to riders and pedestrians.
Contacting Ontario Bicycle Accident Lawyers
If you or a loved one has been injured in a bike accident and you would like more information on how to proceed, please contact us today. At the law offices of Greg Monforton and Partners, we understand the pain and anguish that the victims and their loved ones can experience following such an event.
With this in mind, our entire staff is dedicated to fighting for the rights of individuals, not large firms and corporations and will fight for your MAXIMUM injury compensation.
Our office in Windsor, Ontario proudly provides comprehensive legal counsel to injury victims throughout the province.
To find out how we can help with your injury litigation, contact us today at (866) 320-4770. Our intake staff is ready to take your call and after some initial questions about the nature of your call, you will be quickly connected to one of our lawyers.
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