Cyclist Injuries and Legal Help

As a cyclist in Toronto the potential for injury seems to be increasing on a daily basis. In 2011 we had 2 cyclists killed on Toronto roads, 2012 saw 3 deaths, and in 2013 4 cyclists were killed. These stats don’t include any cyclist injuries either. Clearly there is a growing trend that needs to be addressed. What can be done for cyclist safety in 2015?

Share The Road is a cycling coalition in Toronto who has some great tips on improving road safely, sharing the road, and reducing cyclist injuries.

Bicyclist Improvements

Motorist Improvement

  • Respect Cyclists – They are considered a vehicle using the road as much as you are, drive with tolerance.
  • Obey Speed Limits – driving too fast reduces your ability to react, speed limits are imposed to provide safety not only for yourself but also pedestrians, cyclists, and everyone else.
  • Stop – Come to a complete stop at stop signs and traffic lights. Also, remember that anticipating green lights is a chargeable offense and can be very dangerous for pedestrians and cyclists.
  • Maintain Distance – Give motorcycles and bicyclists a safe distance. Not only does this remove pressure off the person you are following but also gives you time to react should an accident occur.
  • Pass – If you are trying to pass a cyclist exercise patience, execute the pass only once it is safe to do so.

Helmet Safety

Wearing a helmet as a cyclist is vitally important. All too many fatalities and cyclist injuries are attributed to the lack of a helmet. Two thirds of cyclists killed were not wearing their helmet. The lack of a helmet is a major contributing factor in fatalities as most injuries are serious head injuries.

 


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Author: John

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