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Drunk driver critically injures bicyclist near Seward Highway

A woman is facing drunk driving charges after she crashed into a bicyclist near Seward Highway on May 15. The accident resulted in severe injuries for the bicyclist. While the driver has been charged with drunk driving and assault, the cyclist was riding against traffic, which is against the law and unsafe.

Riding your bike can be fun and freeing, but as this recent accident proves, there are real risks involved. Increase your odds of avoiding accidents like this by following these bicycle safety tips.

Follow the rules of the road

The first step to avoiding a collision while riding your bike is obeying the the law. Always bike in the same direction as other vehicles -- this precaution may have prevented this recent accident. Along with riding with the flow of traffic, make sure you always obey traffic signals such as red lights, stop signs, yield signs and one-way streets. Anchorage is also getting more bike lanes on the road, so ride in these designated lanes whenever possible.

Employ proper safety equipment

Your bike needs to operate properly, and you must use appropriate safety gear. Make sure you always wear a helmet. If you ride at night, wear reflective materials. Equip your bike with a horn or bell, as well as a working headlight and taillight. Ensure your brakes are working correctly before each ride.

Ride responsibly

Following safe cycling practices is crucial to having a positive and safe experience every time. Never use your phone while biking, whether for texting, talking on the phone or checking social media. Avoid wearing headphones because they can reduce your ability to hear approaching vehicles. Stay out of blind spots and always signal well.

Getting hit by a car while on your bike can be devastating. If you follow the above safety tips, you can protect yourself and hopefully avoid collisions. If you do ever end up in an unfortunate accident, be sure to consult a personal injury lawyer about getting the compensation you deserve.

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