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15 Bicycle Safety Tips for the Fall Season

15 Bicycle Safety Tips for the Fall Season

Pedal cycling is a fun, cost-effective, and eco-friendly method of transportation for many New Mexico residents. Now that we’re finally leaving the summer heatwaves behind, you’re likely to see more cyclists commuting or exploring the scenic trails and gorgeous cities that define our wonderful state. Unfortunately, New Mexico is ranked as the third deadliest state for bicyclists in the United States, and with good reason.

Each year, hundreds of cyclists are injured or killed by distracted, reckless, and intoxicated motorists. Interestingly, New Mexico is also the third deadliest state when it comes to lax DUI laws. But there are other contributing factors that need to be addressed and remedied. For example, careless drivers tend to take advantage of bicycle lanes and sharrows to make right turns or pass slower vehicles. It’s also not uncommon to see drivers texting while driving, even though the activity is illegal in New Mexico. If a negligent driver is distracted or fails to obey the rules of the road, they could easily harm a passing cyclist.   

The bicycle accident lawyers at Michael J. Doyle, Attorney at Law have been representing the rights and interests of injured cyclists for over 20 years. As such, our legal team is intimately familiar with the physical, emotional, and financial hardships that tend to accompany a severe bicycle accident. While it’s impossible to control the actions of nearby motorists, there are steps you can take to improve your chances of being seen on the road. To help you stay safe this fall season, we have compiled a list of 15 tips to help you safely navigate the neighborhoods and cities of New Mexico:

  1. Prepare a safe cycling route in advance.
  2. Wear appropriate safety gear, including gloves and a helmet.
  3. Make sure your clothing is brightly colored.
  4. Add reflective tape to your bike, helmet, and clothing.
  5. Complete a basic bike check (ABC Quick Check) before leaving home.
  6. Never ride on sidewalks.
  7. Obey state cycling laws, as well as any local street signs and signals.
  8. Keep an eye out for potholes, debris, and other road hazards.
  9. Use a bell, horn, and/or your voice to pass by a person or vehicle.
  10. Yield when necessary to traffic, pedestrians, and other cyclists.
  11. Stay on well-lit paths.
  12. Never use your smartphone while riding your bike.
  13. Watch for cars that are trying to turn or back up.
  14. Stay to the right whenever possible.
  15. Never use drugs or alcohol before a ride.

Have You Been Injured by a Negligent Motorist?

We hope these tips help you and your loved ones enjoy a season full of safe and exciting bicycle adventures. That said, please don’t hesitate to contact our personal injury lawyers if you or a someone you care about is injured by a negligent driver. Our experienced legal team can evaluate your options, investigate your case, and help you pursue damages that reimburse your medical bills, lost wages, and more.

Contact Michael J. Doyle, Attorney at Law at (505) 219-2176 to discuss your legal options with an experienced litigator.  

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