Today, many people enjoy bicycling as a hobby, form of exercise, or use cycling as a method of transportation. However, as the weather begins to change, it is important to make sure that you are prepared for freezing temperatures and icy road conditions. One of the biggest concerns for winter cyclists is the lack of visibility due to rain, sleet, or snow, which may result in a deadly collision with an automobile driver. To help avoid a bike accident or serious injury, it is important to be equipped with the proper protective gear such as goggles, gloves, and warm clothing.
While the summer months provide warm weather, sunny skies, and clear visibility, winter drivers are even less likely to see or be aware of a cyclist in poor weather conditions. To help enhance the visibility of a bicycle, attach lights on all sides as well as reflectors. To be extra cautious, a rider should attach reflectors to his or her helmet and clothing to ensure that he or she is visible to drivers during dark or inclement winter weather.
As with an automobile, it is important to make sure that a bicycle is properly maintained and is equipped with winter snow tires, which provides additional traction on the roadway. Most snow tires have a thicker outer layer that is harder to tear or puncture. Also, it is important to make sure that tires are at the appropriate pressure level because as the weather gets colder, tire pressure decreases. For additional protection, mudguards will help protect snow, sleet, and other debris from hitting your body.
If you or a loved one has been injured in a bicycle accident, contact a New York accident lawyer who is experienced in handling these matters. Put the experienced Brooklyn bike accident lawyers of Georgaklis & Mallas, PLLC on your side to vigorously represent you and fight for the compensation you and your family deserve. Contact (718) 238-2400 to schedule a consultation with our NYC bike accident lawyers today.