Having safety gear when riding a bike can protect you in an accident or other situation on the road. What are important safety items you should have?

Crucial Bike Safety Gear You Don’t Want to Forget

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Whenever you get on your bike, whether it is for exercise, pleasure, commuting, or training for a race, you need to protect yourself as much as possible by wearing and taking your safety gear. These precautions can help you to avoid serious injuries, such as traumatic brain injury, paralysis, fractures, and back injuries in an accident. However, safety gear is not 100 percent protection against an injury wreck. If a negligent driver, pedestrian, or other bike rider causes you to suffer injuries, you could be entitled to compensation for your injuries.

Are These Bike Safety Items on Your Safety Checklist?

Bicycle safety gear includes clothes, equipment for a bike, and tools to carry. Here are essential items you should have:

  • Helmet. Although there is no law in Washington requiring bike riders to wear a helmet, wearing one is essential to protecting against a devastating traumatic brain injury or other brain damage in an accident. Seattle, like other cities in Washington, requires bicyclists to wear a helmet.
  • Mirror. If you are riding on roads, you need a mirror attached to your bike or your helmet to help you see what is behind you.
  • Gloves. Gloves can protect the skin on your hands if you fall off your bike. They can also minimize some of the vibration that you may feel from the handlebars when riding.
  • Lights. Lights on your bicycle are essential at night so that others can see you and your bike and avoid hitting you.
  • Reflective clothing. You also need to wear reflective clothing, such as a jacket, when biking at night so you are visible on dark roads.
  • Tools. If you are riding your bike at all regularly, you should have a flat tire kit to fix a flat tire and a multi-tool to make minor necessary repairs when you are out riding.
  • Water and sunscreen. To avoid becoming dehydrated or suffering sunburn, do not forget to bring a water bottle and your sunscreen.

Do you need assistance filing a claim for compensation for injuries in a bicycle accident caused by another party? Call our Bellevue office today to schedule your free, no-obligation consultation.

Category: Bicycle and Pedestrian Accidents


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