Toronto Cycling Accidents and Injuries Part 5
Don’t Let it Happen to You – Safety Tips
Too many cyclists continue to be injured on Ontario’s streets. More importantly, most cycling accidents can be avoided. A careful review of past incidents by the team at Lafazanis Law has resulted in the following recommendations. If you think we are missing any feel free to let us know.
- Always wear a hard-shell helmet. Head injuries are the leading contributor to fatalities and serious long-term injuries. Helmets also protect against brain injuries (concussions, brain trauma etc.) which have their own complications.
- Become a part of the traffic instead of just riding beside it. Be aware of other drivers and cyclists. Make eye contact, look for distracted driving and err on the side of caution.
- Slow down at intersections. Accidents at intersections make up the bulk of all cycling collisions. Slow down, look around and focus on what others are doing rather than trust they are acting reasonably.
- Use hand signals well in advance. Always assume a delayed reaction.
- Carry a card with your contact information in case of an emergency. Should an unfortunate event occur, a card may help witnesses and others at the scene be in touch with you later on.
If you or a loved one has been in a cycling accident you can trust Tony Lafazanis to help you in your time of need and to obtain the maximum compensation to which you are entitled.