Bicycle Maintenance: Accident Prevention

Whether you are a road cyclists or a mountain biker, your bicycle will inevitable come into contact with mud, grime and other abrasive materials that will speed up the deterioration of your ride.

Bicycle Accident Prevention

Bicycle maintenance can seem intimidating, but by incorporating a few simple steps in your riding routine you will greatly improve the performance and safety of your bike.

At Bergener & Associates, we are committed to bike safety awareness. Several members of our team are seasoned cyclists and mountain bikers who advocate accident prevention. They have helped put together this list.

  1. Clean: Dirt and grime gums up your bike and will make bike maintenance difficult. Knocking off caked on dirt and debris should be the first step in your bike care routine. You should remove the rest of the muck with a rag and warm water. Resist the urge to hose down your bike, it may damage sensitive bearings.
  2. Examine: Now that your bike is clean, you can catch small problems before they become serious. Noticing a wobbly wheel, fraying cables, and deep kinks in hydraulic brake hoses early may prevent an accident or more extensive repair. Make sure your lights are in working order.
  3. Lubricate: Check to see if your bike chain is dry. If it is, lubricate it with oil or grease recommended by your local bike shop. Keeping your bike properly lubricated will protect moving parts of your bike from excessive wear and corrosion.
  4. Tire Pressure: Give your tires a quick squeeze. Low tire pressure will not only hurt the performance of your bike, but can lead to rim, tube, and tire damage.
  5. Store Properly: The way you store your bike will have a big impact on the potential wear and tear. Ideally, keep your bike somewhere that is dry and away from direct sunlight such as your garage.

This list may be obvious, but each step should be a regular part of your bicycle riding routine. We want your bike to be in pristine condition every time you go out and ride. This will enable you to respond to road hazards quickly and effectively.

For more information, visit the bicycle accident page on our website. If you or a loved one has been injured in an accident, call us today for a completely free consultation at 1-800-881-2021.

San Diego Man Killed in Drunk Driving Accident on Route 94

A 60-year-old San Diego man was killed in a single-vehicle crash on Route 94 late Friday night. The driver of the Volvo 850 sedan was incarcerated following the crash on suspicion of vehicular manslaughter and drunk driving.

The driver struck a curb and two trees along the highway, after making an unsafe maneuver to the right while traveling at a high rate of speed, reported a CHP dispatcher.

CHP and San Diego County Medical Examiner’s office confirmed that the car’s restrained passenger died at the scene due to fatal injuries sustained in the crash.

Although authorities have not confirmed the cause of the crash, a CHP dispatcher said the driver was arrested after the crash on suspicion of gross vehicular manslaughter and driving under the influence.

Drunk drivers pose a danger to the passengers in their car as well as everyone in proximity to the road. Whether intoxicated or driving distracted, there is never an excuse for endangering the lives of other people. It is important for victims of negligent drivers to understand their rights in order to start their road to recovery.

At Bergener & Associates, our personal injury attorneys understand the financial and emotional toll the loss of a loved one has on a family. We have dedicated ourselves to helping the victims of negligent drivers understand their rights and options moving forward.

If you or a loved one have been injured or experienced a loss as a result of a negligent driver, call 1-800-881-2021 to speak with an attorney. Consultations are always free and we are happy to inform you of your options after an injury 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.