Bicycle Accidents

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  • On the Road: Tips for Safe Biking

    Before Each Ride WHN TIP – The Right Tools: Assemble the tools to do basic bike maintenance and take a bike maintenance class so you know how to use them. Here’s a good list from REI of what tools to bring on your road – just in case! Get an empty water bottle and a plastic bag. Inside […]

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  • Round-Up of Bicycle Safety Resources

    May is National Bike Month, sponsored by the League of American Bicyclists and celebrated in communities from coast to coast. With that in mind, here’s a list of bicycle-related resources with tips on safe riding and information about what to do in case of an accident with or theft of your two-wheeled “steed”! AAA Exchange’s […]

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  • Car Accident Resources

    If you’ve been in an accident, these resources can provide you with information and guidance as you deal with the insurance and legal ramifications. Car Care Council The Car Care Council is a non-profit organization dedicated to educating motorists about the importance of regular vehicle care, maintenance and repair through its “Be Car Care Aware” […]

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  • In a Bicycle Accident? Here’s What to Do

    Immediately Be safe, be smart. Stop as soon as it is clear, safe and legal to do so. If you’re uninjured, check on others. Call 9-1-1. Include the exact location (look at street signs, landmarks) and mention any injuries. No cell phone? Ask a witness to make the call. Get their contact information in case […]

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  • Selecting the Right Bike

    Selecting the right bicycle is the first step to having fun and preventing accidents. A bike that is the right size for you should have about 3 cm (1.2 inches) space between the crossbar of the frame and yourself, when you are standing with both feet on the ground – a bit more for BMX […]

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  • Reporting an Accident

    If you are reporting an accident or emergency by cell phone: Be sure you are safe. If you are driving, pull over to a safe spot, turn on your hazard lights (flashers) and stop before calling for help. Be watchful of the potential for additional accidents caused by the first accident. Stay out of the […]

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  • 4 Steps to Do After a Vehicle Accident

    WHN TIP – Create An “Accident File”: Make an “accident file” for all of your notes, contact information, messages and other pertinent information. This can be an envelope, file folder, binder or online — whatever works best for you. WHN TIP – Advice from Experts: Listen to this podcast for more tips on what to do […]

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  • 3 Tips for Reporting Defective Consumer Products

    Vehicle or product not working right? Food items that seem “off” or might have been the cause of your or someone else’s illness? Here’s what to do! Start by contacting the appropriate agency (see links below). Each has a specific form and information required for reporting problems. Keep as much of the product packaging as possible, […]

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  • 6 Winter Biking Tips

    Brave enough to venture out in the cold, slush, sleet and snow? Be safe, be smart!! Follow these basic winter biking tips. Choose Aluminum Rims When wet, brake pads grip aluminum rims better than they do steel. Pick Fat Tires Fat tires have better traction. Tires less than 1 1/4″ wide work better on wet streets when under-inflated. […]

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  • On the Road: Top 6 Biking Tips

    Biking through traffic can be quite a thrill! Be safe, be smart with these top 6 tips from cyclists and cycling educators: Know that motorists aren’t looking for you.  Create a “buffer zone.” “Give yourself a buffer zone, especially if there are cars on the right side,” David Bernstein, cyclist, producer and host of The Fred […]

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