Cycling Safety: Understanding the risks and preventing injuries

Cycling is a popular activity in Alberta. It is not only a great way to stay fit and enjoy the outdoors, but it is also an “eco-friendly” mode of transportation. However, like any physical activity, it comes with its share of risks, particularly when done recklessly. 

While cycling is generally safe, accidents may result in serious injuries. Statistics show cyclists are 15 times more likely to be injured than those who drive cars. Among these injuries, spinal cord injuries are particularly concerning due to their potential for long-term consequences. 

The spine, a vital body part, is susceptible to injury during cycling collisions. These injuries can range from minor strains; to severe trauma including fractures, dislocations, or spinal cord injuries. The latter can lead to severe complications, including paralysis or chronic pain. 

Spinal cord injuries often occur during high-speed collisions or falls, especially when cyclists are not wearing appropriate safety gear. 

Understanding the risks associated with cycling is the initial step towards prevention. It is crucial for every cyclist to consider the following safety measures: 

  • When riding, always wear a helmet that fits properly. This is the primary defence against potential head and spinal cord injuries. You should always follow all traffic laws and signals and dismount when crossing the street; 
  • Cyclists must remember that they have the same responsibilities on the road as motorists; 
  • When riding, do not wear earbuds, or drive while distracted; 
  • Staying visible is key, especially when cycling at night or in low-light conditions. Using lights and wearing reflective clothing can greatly enhance visibility. 

When Accidents Happen: 

Despite all precautions, accidents may still occur. If you or a loved one has been seriously injured in a cycling collision due to someone else’s negligence, you might be entitled to compensation for your injuries and other damages. Classification: General 

At Pipella Law, our experienced legal team can help you navigate the complex legal process and ensure you receive the maximum compensation you deserve for your injuries. 

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