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As warmer weather sticks around for a while in Wisconsin, you might find yourself spending more time outdoors. If you plan on biking in the near future, it’s important to keep in mind that safe riding habits can prevent injury and accident.

In fact, the Wisconsin Department of Transportation reports that almost all bicycle crashes are the result of operator error. Sometimes it is pedestrians or motorists who cause bike accidents, but in many cases bicyclists make moves that result in a minor or major collision. As such, there are steps bike riders of all ages can take to avert a crash, including wearing protection, being mindful of surroundings and following traffic laws.

Wear a helmet

Although there is only one Wisconsin city where young riders must wear a helmet, there are lots of benefits to wearing a properly fitted helmet that has no cracks or damage. In the event of a crash, a helmet can prevent head injuries by 85%, according to Wisconsin DOT. Plus, if you buy a bright colored helmet or add bright or reflective features, you can increase your visibility on the road and prevent an accident that way.

Look before crossing

Whether you are leaving your driveway, crossing the street or approaching a stop sign, it’s crucial to check for other vehicles. Adults usually remember this rule better than children. So, if you ride with your little ones, you should take the time to explain to them that coming to a complete stop and checking for vehicles can protect them from motorists. Motorists travel a lot faster than bikes and might carelessly not notice you, so it’s worth being proactive to preserve your safety.

Follow traffic flow

Wisconsin DOT’s website lists that nearly one-third of car-bike crashes happen because bike riders go against traffic instead of with it. To fight this statistic, state law requires bicyclists who are travelling on the road to ride on the right side and as close to the curb as possible. Riding on the same side that motorists drive on can help cars pass you with more ease and time.

Having a calm bike ride lead you to the emergency room is not ideal. But if you or a loved one are suffering injuries due to a bike crash, then an experienced personal injury attorney can help you receive compensation.