Jeffrey S. Witten, B.A., LL.B.
A Vancouver bicycle accident can leave you with scrapes, broken bones, and possibly a traumatic brain injury. Although you may feel invincible, the fact is that you're not. You need to realize what might happen when you strap your helmet on and get out there on bike paths and busy roads, and do everything in your power to make sure you are as safe as possible.
In a recent article, we recommended eliminating one bad habit that far too many cyclists engage in—bicycling while distracted.
It sounds strange. After all, when we think about distracted driving, we think cars, trucks, and maybe motorcycles. We do not think bicycles! However, distracted bicycling is a danger because it draws your attention away from the task at hand—biking safely to your destination.
In addition to eliminating distracted biking behavior, you would do well to develop your capacity for present moment awareness by meditating. Compelling new research suggests that those who meditate regularly can improve their executive brain functions, which are responsible for awareness. They also report feeling happier and more resilient when they face setbacks.
Meditating helps you to develop your ability to pay attention and stay aware in the present moment. In addition, it may help you to learn to avoid getting distracted by negative emotions or recurring thoughts which can steal your attention from the road.
Although meditating will not provide you with immunity to accidents, it might also give you an edge in terms of how quickly you can react to circumstances that require split-second decisions.
For instance, when you notice a car swerve into your lane, how fast will you respond? Will you pull yourself out of harm’s way in time? Anything you can do to cultivate your ability to react faster and more effectively will ultimately give you a safety advantage.
The potential of meditation may sound exciting, but you need practical legal help in the event of a Vancouver bicycle case, too. Contact a Vancouver bike crash lawyer here at McComb Witten for insightful, thorough, and knowledgeable guidance. Call 604-255-9018 to set up your free consultation with us.
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