Ever since the weather started changing, I've been seeing a lot more people taking advantage of the warmer temperatures by riding their bikes around Buffalo, and who can blame them? It's a great way to stay active and enjoy the nice weather in Western New York.

However, as fun as it might be to ride a bike, it can also be a bit of a hazard when you're on the road with one. May actually happens to be National Bike Month, which is why I decided to invite Rich Barnes from The Barnes Firm — one of America's largest injury law firms — to discuss some of the scenarios in which a bicycle accident with a car might occur and how it they can possibly be avoided.

Rich explained to me that a lot of people neglect the fact that bicycles have the right to use our roadways just as much as motor vehicles do. It really is incumbent on drivers to be more careful and more attentive now that it's the time of year when there are more bicyclists out there. Keep in mind that it's not just kids on bikes, but a lot of adults as well.

Motorists have to be particularly careful when making maneuvers such as left hand turns and pulling out of driveways or parking lots while checking to see if there are any bicyclists coming the same way. Ultimately, it really just comes down to being a more careful, defensive driver when trying to avoid bicycle-related accidents.

To stay safe, bicyclists should always wear a helmet, wear the right clothing, ride during the day if they can, and make sure they have reflective clothing and flashing lights on them if they're riding at night. Also, it's just as important for bicyclists to follow the rules of the road as it is for motorists.

If you’ve been injured in a bicycle accident and need help, call The Barnes Firm today.

Visit TheBarnesFirm.com or call (800) 800-0000 and get the help you need from experienced injury attorneys with proven results. You can trust that they will help answer your questions and also help you get the best result possible.

Call their Downtown Buffalo or Grider Street office now – it could be the best call you make!