Being struck by lightning is almost universally a fatal event. It can happen without warning, but frequently we know well in advance the thunderstorm is approaching. If you are caught in a storm on your bicycle, do your rubber wheels on your bike give you some protection? The short answer is they do not according to everything that I’ve been able to find.
I was talking to a cycling client recently about this very topic. This was a very experienced cyclist who is accustomed to riding in Florida. He believed the wheels on his bicycle provided enough insulation to protect him from lightning. Sadly, that is a huge myth, but a widely accepted one. The rubber wheels on our bikes have nowhere near the amount of insulation necessary to protect us on a bike from a lightning strike. They really offer no more protection than the rubber soles of our shoes. However, his belief is common.
The Dangers of Cycling During a Thunderstorm
Having lived in Florida all my life, I have a huge respect for lightning. When I was a golfer I was unnerved by the willingness of people to remain on the golf course in close proximity to lightning striking all around. It’s no different when we encounter a thunderstorm while on an extended bike ride.
Rather than press on as lightning approaches, we should be looking for cover. That doesn’t mean everyone huddling together in one spot. People need to spread out. You don’t want everyone to be affected by a single strike. Don’t get flat on the ground, but crouch close to the ground. Stay away from metal poles and trees which can attract lightning themselves. As cyclists, we have the same risk of being struck by lightning as we do when we were walking, playing golf, or strolling on the beach.
Recently, someone on a motorcycle on I-95 was struck by lightning. As a result, the rider died either from the lightning bolt or the crash which followed. There have been at least six such incidents involving lightning striking a motorcyclists just in Florida over the past few years. There’s no reason the same thing can’t happen to a cyclist.
We Have Successfully Handled Bicycle Accident Cases in Florida
Jim Dodson Law has successfully handled bicycle accident cases for Florida cyclists whose injuries were caused by a negligent driver. If you have been injured in a serious cycling crash, you deserve compensation to pay for your injuries, property damage, and other losses.
Attorney, Jim Dodson is a cyclist, so he understands the issues Florida cyclists face when they ride. You can be sure he will put his years of experience to work for you and get the settlement you deserve. If you’re ready to set up your free case consultation today, fill out our contact form or call us now at 727-446-0840.