Wearing the proper safety equipment when riding a bicycle is the best thing you can do to protect your health. And, not only is wearing safety equipment important, but wearing the right safety equipment.
Below, our Kansas City and Topeka personal injury attorneys explain how to choose the right bicycling safety equipment for your body shape.
Wearing a helmet is the number one rule of bike safety. According to the National Safety Council (NSC), approximately one-third of non-fatal bicyclist injuries are to the head. Additionally, the Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA) estimates that 54% of those who die in bike accidents are not wearing a helmet.
There are several elements to consider when choosing the right bike helmet for you, including the following:
- The size. A bike helmet that fits properly should have straps that form a V-shape as they rest under each ear. Additionally, the helmet should press against the top of your head without the strap being too tight under your chin.
- The type. There are several different types of bike helmets depending on the biking activity, including recreational bike helmets, road bike helmets, and mountain bike helmets.
- The accessories. Some helmets have additional accessories, such as chin bars, visors, and more, than can be particularly beneficial for your favored biking activity.
Knee and elbow guards are essential pieces of equipment to protect your joints during a fall. In order to choose the correct size for these guards, they should fit snugly on your elbows or knees without falling off while you move or ride, but they must not restrict your range of motion.
Despite all of this preparation, you may still be involved in a bicycle accident due to another’s negligence. If this has happened to you, our Kansas City and Topeka personal injury attorneys can help you recover the compensation you deserve for medical bills and lost wages.
Contact DiPasquale Moore at (888) 743-1030 to schedule a free consultation.