Montana in the summer brings out the biker in all of us. There is hardly a better way to take in the gorgeous landscape than perched atop a bicycle on the back roads of this beautiful state. As you and your family prepare for your outdoor adventure, the Montana Department of Transportation has some tips for staying safe.
Even the most careful bicyclists can find themselves in trouble when something unexpected happens, and in a bicycle-friendly state such as Montana, bike accidents are an unfortunate, but regular reality. The steps you take immediately following a bike crash can have a tremendous impact on your wellbeing, and there are certain measures you should always take to reduce your risk of suffering a serious, potentially life-changing injury on your bike. At the Law Firm of Edmiston & Colston, we have seen firsthand the catastrophic injuries that often result from bike crashes, and we have helped many clients who suffered injury because of someone else’s negligence work toward getting back on their feet.
Bicycle riding is a popular and common activity for many Billings area residents. Now that the temperatures are warming up, you can expect to see an increase in bikers in the area. Despite the benefits of riding, there are risks that can result in serious injuries and death for cyclists. According to CNN.com, the number of injured cyclists, especially riders who are over the age of 45 years old is increasing and has steadily done so since 1998.
Whether you are new to Big Sky Country or have grown up cycling Montana's hills, you know bicycles are an everyday part of life in this beautiful state. In fact, they are so much a part of life the law recognizes them as vehicles, meaning they get the same attention as every other car and truck on the highway. It also means riders equate to drivers and must follow the same rules of the road that other motorists follow.
If you enjoy a bicycle ride to take in the beautiful scenery in Montana, you probably want to ensure you are safe when you ride. One of the best ways to stay safe is to wear a helmet, but many people do not. The reasons why may vary, but the reality is a helmet can save your life.
The roadways in Montana have to be shared by a range of people. Large, trucks, cars, motorcycles, bicycles and pedestrians all occupy the roads. To keep everyone safe, there is a list of rules that have to be followed. When someone fails to follow a road law, accidents happen. If you are a bike rider, you could even cause an accident.
Our current atmosphere in Montana is not entirely friendly to bicycle riders. However, we at the Law Firm of Edmiston & Colton believe in creating a safe and injury-free environment as much as possible, especially with regards to human factors. While we have neither control over nor recourse against the weather, your bicycle ride should never turn into a costly medical bill or severe disability because of the negligent actions or omissions of another party.
If you ride a bicycle in Montana, it is essential that you understand the laws regarding the use of bicycles on public roadways. Obeying the laws will not only keep you safe but also prevent you from being ticketed by law enforcement.
If you are one of the many Montana residents who enjoys pedaling your bicycle around to get to and from places, you may be well aware that this form of transportation has its risks. However, there are certainly precautions you can take to stay safe on your bike and prevent accidents from occurring. Your attention to safety can also reduce the chance you receive a serious injury if you are involved in an accident.
Earlier this year, USA Today reported the tragic death of Brad Treat, a Forest Service law enforcement officer killed by a grizzly bear in a biking accident in Montana’s Flathead National Forest. Treat and a companion were riding their mountain bikes when Treat rounded a blind curve at 20-25 miles per hour and collided with the bear.