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Bicycle safety can prevent head and brain injuries

As the weather continues to get warmer here in New York, more and more people will use bikes for both leisure and transportation. As well-intentioned as this is, biking is not without risk, especially when cyclists and those around them don't take proper precautions. Falling off of a bike or being struck by a motor vehicle can result in serious head and brain injuries for a cyclist. Fortunately, there are ways to help prevent harm while riding on a bicycle that are very simple and easy to do.

First, cyclists should ensure that they are utilizing all proper safety measures in relation to the gear they use. That includes wearing a helmet every time they go for a ride, as this can prevent or reduce injury if the cyclist falls off for any reason. Also, riders need to conduct a thorough safety check of the bike and all of its parts before every ride. This includes making sure tires are properly inflated, the chain is in place and that brakes are working properly. Some bikes are equipped with quick-release levers for the seat and wheels, and though they are useful, they need to be properly secured.

Next, cyclists need to practice traffic safety whenever they are in close proximity to vehicles on their ride. Contrary to what many think, cyclists need to ride with traffic instead of against it. They also need to be sure that they give pedestrians, other cyclists and parked cars a wide berth. Using bike routes that the cyclist is familiar with will also help reduce the risk of injury.

Even with all of these helpful tips, cyclists may still be in danger from motorists who don't follow safety rules. A cyclist struck by a vehicle may suffer very serious head and brain injuries. This could necessitate extensive and costly medical care for treatment. A bicyclist injured by a negligent motorist may want to use the services of an experienced personal injury attorney here in New York who can work to ensure that those responsible are held accountable. 

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