Bicycle Rules of the Road
Each year thousands of people are injured or killed in bicycle accidents. Much of the time, these accidents are the result of distracted drivers who aren’t paying attention and simply don’t see the cyclist. In order to ride safely on today’s roads, it’s important for riders to know the “Rules of the Road”. Though each city and state has its own specific set of rules that govern bicycle riding, in Texas all bicyclists must operate under the Texas Motor Vehicle Laws while on public roadways. In most states, bicycles riders moving about on public streets have the same rights and responsibilities as automobile drivers. They are required to follow the same rules and regulations as any other vehicle on the road. For instance, if a street is designated as “one way” then a bicycle rider must ride on this road in the same direction as all other traffic and is not allowed to go against the traffic flow. Below, are a few other rules and regulations for cyclists. • Bicycle riders must yield to pedestrians in crosswalks. • Cyclists must display proper illumination. • Riders must observe all traffic signs, such as “stop” and “yield”. • If stopped by police, cyclists are not required to show a drivers license. Many states offer free engraving on items like bicycles so that you can identify and claim your bike in case it is stolen. Each year in Texas, over a hundred people are killed, and thousands more injured in bicycle collisions. The key to safe bicycle riding includes being visible at all times. It is also important to be predictable, communicating your intentions to motorists. Never just assume that they see you or know what you’re going to do next. Drivers should take care when approaching bicycle riders. They must respect the right-of-way of bicyclists because they are entitled to share the road with motorists. Drivers should look carefully when turning onto a road where a cyclist is riding. Below are four basic bicycling safety tips: 1. Ride with traffic. 2. Maintain control of your bicycle at all times. 3. Be visible, alert, and communicate your intentions to those around you. 4. Protect yourself from head injury by wearing a helmet. At Zinda Law Group PLLC, we understand the laws that pertain to bicycle riders. We have successfully represented many cyclists over the years, obtaining excellent cash awards for them. It’s important for you to obtain professional legal counsel right away when you’ve been involved in an accident with a motor vehicle. Our legal team will go to work immediately gathering all the facts and information about the accident. We work aggressively on your behalf to assist you in getting the compensation you need for all medical bills, bike repair, lost wages and other miscellaneous expenses. Call Zinda Law Group today for a free consultation. We will evaluate your case free of charge and offer you expert legal advice. We are your Texas bicycle accident lawyers!
Where Zinda Law Group Practices:
As we’ve grown we expanded out west to El Paso, Texas subsequently into Arizona adding Tucson Personal Injury Lawyers to the firm, as well as adding offices in Colorado including Denver Personal Injury Lawyers and the surrounding cities such as Colorado Springs.
Types of Cases We Handle:
We also have a team of attorneys that have experience serious injury cases such as car accidents, wrongful death and truck accidents. We also have experience handling more complex cases such as gas explosions and drug injury cases, such as the Taxotere® Lawsuits.