Clarksville, TN – May marks National Bike Safety Month, and Hughes & Coleman Injury Lawyers encourages cyclists of all ages to take precautions to keep themselves and their loved ones safe while riding their bikes.
With more than 12.4% of Americans cycling regularly, according to Statista, it’s crucial to take safety precautions to avoid serious injury or even death.
Additionally, Hughes & Coleman has team members trained to fit children and adults in the helmet size that works best for them in every office. $5.00 CPSC-certified helmets and free fitting are available at all Hughes & Coleman offices during normal business hours (8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.).
According to the National Transportation Safety Board, the most basic precaution to avoid injury is to wear a properly fitted helmet, which reduces the likelihood of all head injuries by 48%.
“Helmets save lives. It’s that simple,” said Lee Coleman, co-founder of Hughes & Coleman Injury Lawyers. “According to the National Transportation Safety Board, 79% of fatally injured cyclists were not wearing a helmet. At Hughes and Coleman Injury Lawyers, we strive to protect all members of the community, so we pride ourselves on providing certified helmets and offering fittings to anyone who comes into our offices.
The National Survey of Attitudes and Behaviors of Cyclists and Pedestrians reports that 46% of cyclists have never worn a helmet. In Tennessee, cyclists under the age of 16 are required by law to wear a helmet. However, there are no universal laws requiring a helmet in Kentucky, and in Louisville only cyclists under the age of 18 must wear one when riding in any Metro Park.
Kentucky and Tennessee both score poorly on overall safety and bike friendliness. In 2018, Kentucky ranked 43rd and Tennessee 25th in the League of American Bicyclists’ annual Bicycle Friendly State rankings.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) also reported that in 2018, up to 857 cyclists were killed in traffic accidents in the United States.
As temperatures rise and more cyclists hit the road for exercise and adventure, it’s essential not only to wear a properly fitted helmet, but also to follow safety advice, such as :
- Properly maintain your bike, check tire pressure, brakes and lights
- Using lights before sunrise or after sunset
- Use hand signals to communicate change of direction
- Wear high visibility clothing
- Follow the direction of traffic and avoid splitting lanes
Riders should also remember that state laws may have specific requirements regarding the use of bicycle lights. In Tennessee, bikes are mandatory have a white front light visible at 500 feet and either a red reflector or a lamp emitting red light visible at a distance of at least 500 feet. Similar laws apply in Kentucky.
For more information on bike safety, visit https://www.hughesandcoleman.com/bicycle-safety-reminders.
Click here for directions to the Hughes & Coleman office for $5.00 helmets and accessories.
Hughes & Coleman in Clarksville is located at 323 North Riverside Drive #100.
For more information on Hughes & Coleman Injury Lawyers, visit www.hughesandcoleman.com.
About Hughes & Coleman
Hughes & Coleman was founded in 1985 and has recovered more than $1 billion for clients in Kentucky and Tennessee injured in car crashes, large truck wrecks, motorcycle accidents, defective medical products, abuse in nursing homes, slips and falls, wrongful deaths and other types of cases.
Hughes & Coleman believes that control begins with a call and works diligently with its clients to help them regain control of their lives. Hughes & Coleman operates 10 offices in Kentucky and Tennessee.