Spring is right around the corner. You can almost feel it. In Chicago, many of us see getting around on a bicycle as a way of life. Whether you commute by bike regularly or enjoy a leisurely weekend ride, it’s important to bike safely. Once springtime and summer hit, there will certainly be more bicyclists sharing the road with motorists.
Here are some tips for bicycling during this shoulder season between winter and spring:
- Check the weather ahead of time. This time of year in Chicago, you may wake up to a sunny, clear day with a high of 45 degrees, and falling snow and freezing temperatures the next day. Check the forecast before your ride and prepare with the right clothes and the right route. If the weather is going to be really wintery, you may want to opt for a different mode of transportation if possible.
- Wear brightly colored clothing. Bright clothing – preferably that has reflective features – is a must for bicyclists year-round, and that includes this time of year when the days are still short. Sunlight hours are limited and it’s essential to be as visible as possible to motorists, other bicyclists and pedestrians.
- Pack a rain layer. Pack a waterproof, windproof layer if there is any chance of rain or snow. You need to stay warm and dry so you can focus on the task of riding safely, signaling your intentions and obeying the rules of the road.
If you are injured by a careless motorist at any time of the year, give our attorneys a call. You may be able to pursue maximized compensation in a claim handled by us, on your behalf. We investigate all the details of the bicycle accident and then work tirelessly to recover compensation for lost wages, medical expenses, pain and suffering, and for other losses and consequences of the injury.
For a free case evaluation with the experienced injury lawyers at Sklare Law Group, please call us in Chicago at 312-263-0771. We proudly advocate for bicycle accident victims from across the state, including DuPage, Lake and Will.