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Bicyclists Need Proper Safety Equipment to Stay Safe on California's Roads

Sep 11, 2008
Thousands of bicycle accidents happen on California's roads every year, ranging from simple scratches to traumatic collisions. While nothing can guarantee you won't get in a bike accident, safety equipment has been developed to prevent collisions as well as reduce the amount of damage if a bike accident does occur.

Some people choose a bike over an automobile to save money, others enjoy the exercise, and some simply love having the wind rush towards them; but nobody wants to be involved in a bike accident on California's roads.

Here is a list of safety equipment that will keep you out of trouble and protect you in case of a bike accident in California:

Helmet: It is required by California law to wear a helmet while operating a bicycle. When you purchase your helmet, make sure you get one that fits correctly. It should not be loose on the head and sit a couple finger widths above the brow.

Gloves: Gloves are highly recommended and can prevent injuries from bike accidents in a number of ways. First, if you're driving in California during cold weather they'll keep your hands warm so you have better control of your bike. Secondly, if you do get in a minor bike accident they will protect your palms from getting scraped by the cement.

Lights: Nothing at night can improve your safety as much as having active lights. To prevent bike accidents by increasing your visibility, the general rule of thumb is "brighter is better" (as long as it's within reason).

Reflectors: Reflective strips on your helmet, clothing, and bike will improve your visibility at night since it will shine whenever a vehicle's lights reach it. Although not as necessary as lights, this will increase your safety while biking in California.

Toe Clips: There are pros and cons to toe clips, but if you use them correctly they will help you avoid bike accidents. Toe clips are particularly useful because they prevent your feet from slipping off the pedal in poor conditions. On the downside, if you don't maintain them well or understand the technology, they may hold your feet in when you want out.

Many bike accidents happen in California every year because cyclists are not using proper safety equipment. While everything on this list is extremely important, the most vital tool for protecting your life is your brain. By using the right safety equipment and being smart while riding your bicycle, you will lower your chances of getting injured in a bike accident.
About the Author
John Bisnar is a partner at Personal Injury Law Firm Bisnar Chase. The Bisnar Chase law firm has dedicated their practice to victims of serious injury due to, negligence and malpractice.

Visit the main website at http://www.Accidentinjuryattorneyscalifornia.com or call 888-265-0161
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