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Cycling in Bad Weather

San Francisco is known for its sunny days and beautiful weather. However, that is not always the case. The city, like the rest of California, does see its fair share of bad weather, and this namely comes in the form of rain. When these occasional storms pass through, they can catch many people out on their bikes in the rain. If you are an avid cyclist, it is important that you understand how to bike safely in these conditions. If you are careless, you could get into an accident and not only sustain serious injuries, but also be held liable for negligence. When this happens, a San Francisco bicycle accident lawyer can help. In the meantime, consider the following tips when you and your bike get caught in the rain.

Protect Your Phone

Your phone may be your only line to civilization if you bike off the beaten path and get stuck in the rain. Even if you do bike in a heavily populated area, you will feel better knowing you can call someone you know rather than rely on a stranger. Place your phone in a plastic bag that you can easily stash in your pocket, and keep a bit of money in there, as well.

Remain Cautious

It may seem like common sense, but just as vehicle drivers must practice more caution in the rain, so too must bicyclists. Give yourself more space between yourself, vehicles, and other cyclists. Also, be aware that potholes and road debris may not be as visible in the rain, so be prepared to come upon them at a moment’s notice. When you suffer injuries in a pothole-related bicycle crash, an experienced San Francisco bicycle accident lawyer can help you determine whom to hold liable for your damages.

Take Descents Carefully

Descents can always spell trouble for those on a bike, but this is even more true in rainy conditions. Remember, you will need a longer distance to come to a complete stop, so give yourself more time when going around curves and when biking downhill. Even familiar roads can pose dangers you would never think of in sunny conditions.

Obey all Biking Laws

You must always obey all biking laws no matter the weather, but again, this is even more important when biking in poor weather conditions. Signs, signals, and traffic laws are there to keep you safe. Although this holds true in good weather, making sure you are following the laws will also keep you safer in bad weather. Also, if you do not follow the law, it could mean that you will be found negligent per se.

In an Accident? Call a Bicycle Accident Attorney in San Francisco

Bicycle accidents happen every day in California, no matter the weather. If you have been hurt due to someone else’s negligence that caused the crash, you need the help of an experienced bicycle accident attorney in San Francisco. At the Brod Law Firm, we know how to prove someone else was negligent so you receive the full amount of compensation you need to recover from your injuries. Call us today at (800) 427-7020 to schedule your free case evaluation with one of our attorneys and learn more about how we can help with your case.

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