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Commuting on a bicycle is risky business

When you get behind the wheel of a car, you know that you could be part of an accident at any time. One mistake by another driver can put you in this position.

The same holds true as a bicyclist. Even though you do your best to share the road and avoid trouble, you don't know if someone else will do something that puts you in a bad spot.

Commuting on a bicycle, such as to and from work, has its benefits. Many people find that this is the best way to travel in an efficient, affordable and healthy manner.

When riding a bicycle in a big city, such as Houston, there are many safety concerns. For this reason, you need to follow a variety of tips:

  • Watch for opening doors. Moving vehicles are not the only thing that can cause an accident. If someone opens a door into your lane of travel, it's possible you could strike it head on.
  • Use the bicycle lane. If there is a bicycle lane available to you, this is where you want to ride. It's much safer than the sidewalk or a lane of traffic. If there is no bicycle lane, driving in traffic is your best option.
  • Make eye contact with drivers. You do this for many reasons, such as to give them a clear idea of what you are going to do next.

These are just a few of the many tips you can follow when commuting on a bicycle. There is no guarantee that these will keep you safe and help you avoid an accident, but they can definitely help.

If you are part of a bicycle accident (despite doing what you should be doing), you need to call for immediate help. You don't want to delay in receiving medical treatment.

Once you know the cause of the accident and are on the road to recovery, learn more about your legal rights. There may be steps you can take to hold the person accountable and seek compensation for your injuries and other damages.

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