The advent of spring brings warm weather and outdoor activities, one of which is cycling! In conjunction with this, our very own Russ Hymas recently appeared on ABC’s Good Things Utah to promote and present the second edition of his book, The Utah Bicycle Accident Handbook. Emphasizing that having good car insurance is the most important thing a cyclist can do before getting on a bicycle, Russ discussed that bike safety includes not only what you do while cycling, but before cycling as well. He added that his book clearly lays out what to do at the scene of an accident and what to do after an accident. Mr. Hymas knows the importance of this book and understands how crucial it is for cyclists to be well-informed, and thus well-protected, because he himself is a cyclist. Earlier this year he participated in the Zion Country Early Spring Century 2012 (pictured above).
While on the show, Russ stressed the importance of doing all you can as a cyclist to protect yourself, especially before you ever get on a bicycle. When asked what every cyclist should know, Hymas was quick to respond, “Make sure you have proper insurance coverage! What most people don’t know is that if they get hit on a bike, their own car insurance may be available to pay medical bills and other losses they may incur.” He said that underinsured motorist insurance (UIM) or uninsured motorist insurance coverage (UM) can come into play when an accident occurs with someone who has less than adequate coverage, or no coverage at all.
We know and understand that cyclists have the same rights and obligations as other vehicles on the road. If an accident does occur, the cyclist is more likely to be injured due to greater exposure to the elements, unlike a car. His book explains simple safety tips that every cyclist should implement and teach to their children. It is often the case that children are victims in bicycle accidents involving cars. They simply do not have the experience and know-how to stay safe. His book clearly lays out simple guidelines that if followed, could save children’s lives.
If you haven’t yet received or read a copy of The Utah Bicycle Accident Handbook, call 1 800 LAW BOOK or visit utahbicyclelawyers.com. The new edition is coming out shortly, so be sure to reserve your free copy!