Protective Gear that Prevents Serious Bicycle Accident Injuries
During the 10-year recovery period post-Hurricane Katrina, the City of New Orleans invested significant resources into expanding the bicycle infrastructure from 12.5 miles to 98 miles. In observance of National Bike Safety Month, our New Orleans bike accident attorneys put together a list of protective gear that will help reduce the risk of mishaps and injuries.
Checklist of Protective Cycling Gear
- Angular joints are often the first points of contact in a crash. Knee and elbow pads have hard plastic shells to protect delicate skin in those areas and provide a buffer against hard impact.
- During an accident, your hands instinctively reach out to break your fall, so gloves can prevent painful shredding of skin. Gloves also help you maintain a secure grip on the bike handles and offer warmth on cooler days. Plus, gloves reinforced with wrist braces will give you another layer of protection.
- Louisiana state law requires use of bike helmets by all riders under 12 years old. While helmets aren’t mandatory for adults, head injuries have a greater likelihood of being serious, so helmets should be used by riders of all ages.
- Wear brightly-colored clothing and add reflective tape for increased visibility. illumiNITE is a unique brand of active wear that incorporates large reflective areas rather than strips or dots.
- Lights are essential if you intend to do any riding at night, and they’re also valuable during times of low visibility such as fog or rain. Front lights can be mounted on handlebars or helmets. Flashing lights for the back of the bike are most effective at alerting drivers to your presence.
- Mirrors mounted on handlebars help to expand your range of vision.
- Toe clips hold your feet securely on the pedal, reducing the risk of a spill when your foot falls off.
New Orleans bicycle accidents
Unfortunately, not all motor vehicle drivers are willing to share the road with cyclists as required by Louisiana law. Our New Orleans bike accident attorneys will fight to make sure you receive the compensation you deserve. Office hours are 8 a.m. until 5:00 p.m., but you can contact us 24/7 at (504) 345-1111.