We at Bike Legal are so excited to be a part of Phil’s Cookie Fondo, as their exclusive legal sponsor. Here are some safety tips that I want to share with you to keep you safe leading up to this epic fondo and after. We base our tips off of actual cases that we have experienced over the last nine years of handling cycling cases.
- When riding alone stick to river trails. Obviously, when you stay off the streets the odds of being injured drastically decrease. Sticking to the trials also offers you something that riding on the streets don’t…. A consistent ride with no or very little stops.
- When riding on the streets I almost always ride with at least 6 or more cyclists. As much as drivers may not like us in packs, we are visible. Remember, safety in numbers is key to remaining safe from being hit by a car on the road.
- If you get caught on the road or want to do some hill climbing and there is access to a bike lane, I always stay three feet to the right of the white bike lane line. I don’t trust anyone but myself for the three foot rule. Most accidents we’ve seen have been within two feet of the the bike lane line. Often times it is a distracted driver who for split second is not paying attention to the road. I know, there is debris to the right of the bike lane, however, I’d rather flat then get hit by a car! Trust me, I’ve seen some ugly accidents. Go buy some GP 5000’s. They might be expensive but they are strong enough to avoid most flats and they’re fast as hell!
- Now that it is fall, I like to break out the trainer and ride Zwift. I often will ride with my friends online. This can be a better workout than riding outside. No stops! No drafting! No hiding from the wind! Just pure power!
- Buy the brightest, most expensive, quality lights that you can find! Don’t be cheap on this. An extra $50 could save your life!
- Up your Uninsured/Underinsured Motorist coverage on your automobile insurance and verify that your provider will cover you in the event of being hit while on your bike. Most of our client’s have had Uninsured/Underinsured Motorist Coverage, which has helped them recover for bodily injury accidents where an automobile was involved. We recommend a minimum of $100,000 in coverage. On average the cost is only an extra $20 per month to go from $15,000 to $100,000. 50% of our cycling cases have had a case value of $250,000 or more, but often times sufficient coverage was the biggest issue, especially in California, being that 85% of all drivers in California have the minimum amount of insurance coverage, which is $15,000 per person injured/ $30,000 if more than one person is injured. Take this into your own hands and make sure you are protected.
I look forward to seeing you all out there and if you or someone you know has been involved in an accident on your bike, please reach out to us for complementary consultation to see what we can do for you.