Q: What is the most important thing I can do to avoid a bicycle accident?
Your recent bike crash has already deeply affected your life, if not physically then certainly psychologically.
You need help with your potential case. You want to collect damages from the bus, truck, or car driver who hit you on West Georgia Street in downtown Vancouver—or from some other liable entity. You also want to do everything in your power to avoid getting into similar accidents in the future.
Unfortunately, the sheer volume of bike safety tips online and elsewhere is overwhelming. It is hard to know what to focus on.
If there is one global lesson to learn and embody, it is this: bike consciously.
Many cyclists who bike here in beautiful British Columbia are mentally elsewhere when they ride. Instead of enjoying the fall foliage, for instance, they imagine emails they should write or mentally work through arguments with a spouse or boss.
This default to “automatic bike riding” is dangerous.
When you are mindful—when you bike consciously—you are more alert to potential hazards and are more able to react quickly in emergencies. Often, the difference between a scary near miss and a fatal accident is just a few milliseconds of reaction time.
The moral is: when you bike, focus your attention on the act of biking. You will enjoy the journey more; you will be safer; and you will be less likely to need the services of an effective bicycle crash attorney in the future.
Of course, if you or someone you love was already in a crash, you may need solid legal assistance. Fortunately, our team is available for free consultations. Call us now at 604-255-9018, or download our free report, Your Family Doctor Could Make or Break Your ICBC Claim.