Like many states, Virginia is currently under a shelter-at-home order to reduce the transmission and risks of COVID-19. Despite government orders to stay at home as much as possible, Virginians are allowed to venture outdoors to walk their pets and to get exercise. For many people, cabin fever is already setting in, making the warm early spring days a sanity-restoring indulgence, especially when enjoyed via walks, bike rides, and motorcycle trips.
At Skolrood Law Firm, our Roanoke personal injury lawyers want to remind everyone in our community to remain cautious and careful while getting exercise and enjoying the outdoors. Traffic may be lighter than usual, but that doesn’t mean you have free rein of the roads. Whether you’re traveling on foot, on a bicycle, or on a motorcycle, keep these tips in mind to stay safe:
- Avoid distractions—Keep your eyes on the road, your ears attuned to your surroundings, and your mind on the task at hand. Don’t walk around using your smartphone or listening to loud music. To stay safe, you need to be aware of your surroundings at all times.
- Use sidewalks, crosswalks, and bike lanes—If you’re walking or riding your bike, do those activities in designated areas. That means utilizing sidewalks and crosswalks as a pedestrian and bike lanes as a bicyclist.
- Wear safety gear—As a bicyclist, you should always wear a helmet to protect yourself in the event of an accident. If you ride a motorcycle, you need to wear even more gear, including a riding jacket, pants, boots, and gloves. And if you’re out during inclement weather or times of low visibility, wear brightly colored clothing.
Everyone is focused on the effects of COVID-19 right now, but it’s important to remain safe and avoid injuries while we wait for normalcy to resume. If you or someone you love gets injured because of someone else’s negligence, we’re here to help. Contact us today.