As the saying goes, you never forget how to ride a bicycle. However, with increasing road traffic, cyclists often have to learn ways to increase their safety while traveling in areas where vehicles are also traveling. While bike trails are used in Kentucky, many cyclists ride their bikes in residential areas and city streets where there might not be bike lanes. Traveling safely in these areas does not only mean a cyclist follows the rules, but it also means that motorists are aware of their presence and travel safely around them.
Each year, the states across the nation are ranked based on how bicycle friendly they are. When it comes to Kentucky, they were ranked 43 out of 50 for 2019. What does this mean? This means that it is not considered a bicycle friendly state based on infrastructure and funding, education and encouragement, legislation and enforcement, policies and programs and evaluations and planning.
Federal data for this assessment included ridership, safety and spending. With regards to ridership, Kentucky ranked 45 out of 50 because only 0.2% biked to work. For safety, the state ranked 32 out of 50, as the fatality rate was 16.4. Finally, for spending, the state ranked 15 with $3.10 per capita spent on biking and walking in the state.
Because the state has been deemed car-first, there aren’t as many bicycle facilities. This means that in order for cyclist to commute safely, bike lanes and bike paths are needed. In addition to this, adopting laws and policies that would increase safety, such as designating passing distances.
A bicycle accident can be horrific, as a cyclist could suffer serious injuries due to the force of the impact and their fall on the ground following this impact. Even though helmet can help protect against severe injuries, such as head trauma, a victim of a bike crash could still suffer injuries to the head as well as other parts of the body. Thus, victims not only need to focus on recovering from the harms suffered but also take the time to understand the cause of their pain and suffering.
A personal injury action could help a bicycle accident victim hold a driver accountable following a motor vehicle accident. In addition to assigning liability, a victim could evaluate the damages he or she suffered, seeking compensation to address them.