For Safety, Don’t Listen to Music While You Ride Your Bike

You use your bike to commute as long as the weather allows it. Every ride gives you about half an hour to get some exercise, listen to your favorite music on your headphones and make an impact on the high traffic levels around you. You take pride in multitasking and removing the impact of one more car on the road and on the environment, and you also really enjoy your daily rides. Bike commuting is a great idea, an excellent way to stay in shape and a way to make your hobby even more practical. However, it is also a risk. If you get involved in an accident with a car or a truck, you can suffer serious injuries.

One thing to consider is how your own habits may make it more or less likely that you’ll get hit. And that leads you to the fact that you may want to leave your music off for the ride. Common advice for runners is to jog without music since it blocks out their surroundings, and the same is true when you’re on a bike. You become that much less aware of the cars around you and you have less warning if someone else makes a mistake and is about to hit your bike.

None of this means, however, that an accident with a car is your fault — even if you were listening to music. You can listen to music if you want and others have an obligation to drive safely around you. No one is going to run a stop sign, hit your bike, and then claim it was your fault that you didn’t hear the car coming. It’s just that having at least one ear free to listen for traffic may help you avoid danger.

If you do get injured while biking due to a driver’s negligent mistake, you can often seek compensation for your injuries and other losses. An attorney can make sure that the process stays fair.