Slip Sliding Your Way to a Serious Bike Crash in Vancouver
I love to see people cycling all winter long in Vancouver, but I sometimes worry that cyclists are not properly preparing themselves for the slick roads and dangerous drivers that plague our winter streets.
Preparing for Terrible Winter Drivers Is a Must
As a cyclist, you know all too well that vehicles are the biggest threat to your safety. Slipping and sliding vehicles are a common sight on our slick winter roads and while this is dangerous for other motorists, it is a serious threat to cyclists.
With this in mind, it is wise to keep an eye on the cars around you when riding your bike in the winter as braking distances increase and cars can slip, slide and fishtail down the road.
If you were to be caught unawares by a two ton, out-of-control vehicle, there is little chance you would escape unharmed. Because of this, we urge you to avoid busy streets during the winter, especially when there is a fresh dusting of snow on the road or the temperatures are below freezing.
When possible, try to stick to bike paths in Vancouver. This may mean a longer commute, but in icy weather, it could save you from a serious bike crash.
What to Do If Winter Weather Wins
Let's say you take our advice and get your bike ready for the winter and use bike paths more often, and you are still hit by a car that slid on a patch of ice. Of course, the driver is fine, but you are not; your bike and your body are a wreck. Before you file a claim with the ICBC, call us at 604.255.9018. Our Vancouver, BC cycling accident attorneys can help ensure that you get the compensation you need to get your life, and your bike, back.
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