Tips for Riding Safely in the Dark

A bicyclist is at a high risk of injuries in an accident, and those accidents are much more likely to occur at nighttime. If you’re riding at night, it is best to take strong precautions. For help filing a claim, speak to a Denver bicycle accident lawyer.

One way to reduce the risk of accidents when you’re riding at night is to increase visibility. How do you do that when you are riding at night? Use reflectors. Reflectors illuminate a bicyclist, and make you much more visible to motorists. You can use your reflectors on your wheels and pedals, and that ensures that the back as well as the side of the bicycle is visible to motorists.

You can also use reflective tape, and paste it on your bicycle fenders and even the bicycle frame. For additional reflective effect, make sure that you stick some tape on your backpack to illuminate you.

Make sure that the bicycle has headlights with a strong beam that illuminates your path for at least several feet. Some bicycle experts recommend that your bicycle light illuminate the path ahead of you for up to 50 feet even when you’re cycling at a speed of 15 mph.

Apart from reflectors and lights, it is also important to wear bright, vibrant colors that make you even more visible to motorists. Invest in cycling gear that comes with built-in reflectors.

Map out your route in advance to avoid getting lost on a dark street. Stay on well-illuminated roads as much as possible.

For help filing a claim after a bicycle accident, speak to a Denver bicycle accident lawyer.

By: Dallas Norton

Dallas Norton, the founding partner of Norton & Bowers, has practiced law with a focus on personal injury since 1992. Mr. Norton has extensive Colorado roots including grade school in Arvada and high school in Denver. He earned his J.D. from Brigham Young University Law School in 1991. When working on behalf of clients, Mr. Norton draws upon his extensive background in psychology and human resources.