Consequences of Riding a Bicycle On the Wrong Side of the Street
Riding a bicycle can be both an enjoyable pastime and a convenient mode of transportation. While the majority of people safely ride their bikes on public roads, there are a few who fail to follow the rules and endanger both themselves and other motorists and pedestrians who are sharing the streets and sidewalks with them.
Bicyclists Are Subject to the Same Rules as Motorists
Bicyclists are subject to the same rules and laws as other motorists. This means that you cannot create your own rules and you need to integrate yourself with traffic as best as you can when riding a bike. The better you adhere to the rules of the road, the less likely that you will be involved in an Orange Country bicycle accident.
Never Ride Against Traffic
One of the most important rules you need to follow as a bicyclist is riding on the right side of the street. Just as a car or a truck would never ride on the wrong side of the street, neither should a bicyclist.
There are many reasons why riding on the wrong side of the street is dangerous:
- Motorists pulling out of driveways or merging onto the street are generally not in the position to easily spot a bicyclist coming in the opposite direction.
- If you are involved in an accident, the impact can be more dangerous and even deadlier then if you were going in the same direction and involved in an accident.
- If you are involved in an accident while riding your bike on the wrong side of the street, both you and the motorist will have less time to react, as going towards each other will make the situation particularly confusing for both you and the other driver.
Call an Experienced Orange County Bicycle Accident Attorney
If you or a loved one was involved in a bicycle accident and suffered serious personal injuries, you may be entitled to monetary compensation. At the Law Offices of Samer Habbas, our experienced Orange County bicycle accident attorneys have successfully handled numerous bicycle accident cases. We are dedicated to getting our clients the compensation they deserve for the injuries they have suffered.
Call 1-888-848-5084 to schedule a complimentary consultation with attorney Samer Habbas today.