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When a healthy alternative form of travel turns hazardous

With warmer weather rolling in, in many parts of Kentucky, you may be eager to park your car and do most of your traveling via bicycle. Not only will a similar mode of transportation help you cut down on fuel costs and skip out on traffic congestion, but it can also act as a means of exercise.

However, with the added benefits of riding your bike from place to place, there is also a certain level of risk involved. Without less in the way of protective barriers to shield you from harm, if a car strikes you while you are out riding your bike, you could suffer severe, or even permanent, injuries in the process.

Dangers every cyclist may face

A collision can take place in the blink of an eye and under a variety of scenarios. However, there are certain hazards that may be unique to cyclists, some of which might include:

  • Right-of-way: Many drivers may struggle to understand the concept of right-of-way, especially where cyclists are concerned. Even if you have the right-of-way, watching to ensure a driver will yield could prove essential to preventing a catastrophe.
  • Driver distraction: While distracted driving is a concern for everyone, it is even more of an issue for cyclists, as cyclists are already more difficult to spot out on the road.
  • Visibility of cyclist: Visibility is a major concern for cyclists, especially at night. As a cyclist, it is likely in your best interests to ensure you equip your bike with reflectors and stick to well-lit areas when possible.
  • Hazardous cycling conditions: Poor road conditions can be exceedingly hazardous for cyclists, and if you encounter an area that is poorly maintained, your safety could be at risk.

While you likely place a high level of importance on your safety as a cyclist, you cannot expect others to always do the same. If another driver's negligent actions cause a collision to occur, you could be wondering about the next steps to take to pursue compensation.

When disaster strikes

Bicycle-related collisions can have catastrophic results, and if you suffer serious injuries in an accident, you could be facing extensive medical bills and a long road to recovery. If another driver is at fault in your crash, you may wish to know more about your available options for legal recourse.

Since navigating the civil justice system can be a stressful and intimidating endeavor, you could choose to speak with someone with experience in such matters. This type of advice could help you become better prepared to pursue the full amount of restitution you deserve through a personal injury claim.

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