- November 23, 2010
- In orange County Personal Injury
As bicycles become more of the common traffic on busy roads across America, it’s important to make sure that “regular” motorists are educated on how to share the road. With today’s energy concerns and personal health awareness, many are choosing to use their own “human power” to get where they need to go. Unfortunately, many of them face dangers on the road from ill-advised or non-advised drivers who don’t understand the rules.
One of the most misunderstood aspects of bicycling on busy roads is that the bicycle commands space as a vehicle. Too many drivers don’t know that there are legal guidelines for passing bikes, and that the car or truck doesn’t just “own the lane” with bikes relegated to the shoulders. The majority of state traffic codes provide a mandatory two feet or more for passing a bike. That applies even if the bike is partially in a lane of traffic.
In places where drivers are used to dealing with slow-moving traffic, drivers may have a better idea of how to pass slower vehicles, but even in these areas, many drivers just don’t get that a bicycle, despite its small frame and lack of bully engine apparatus, is a vehicle, and protected by the rules of the road. And many certainly don’t know that the law provides guidelines for passing bikes. A large number of the tragic bicycle accidents that happen across the country are caused by this ignorance of the law, which won’t help a driver when they are hauled into court.
If you or a loved one have been injured in a bicycle accident caused by the negligence of another party, you should discuss your legal options with an expert accident attorney. The bicycle accident attorneys at the Law Offices of Samer Habbas & Associates have the experience, resources and compassion to ensure that you will obtain the best representation when you need it the most. With multiple offices located in Irvine, Los Angeles, El Segundo, San Diego and Riverside, our lawyers represent auto accident victims across Southern California.
For more information or to schedule a FREE consultation with one of the attorneys, call 949-727-9300.
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