You’ve most likely been riding a bike since you were taught as a child, with training wheels on and protected with a helmet and pads from head-to-toe. In life, you hear that things are as easy as “riding a bike” and you just have to get back on. But, in Salt Lake City, there are many personal injury accidents involving bicyclists. The basics of riding a bike hasn’t changed, but some have seemed to forget the basic rules of bike riding, leading to an increased risk in biking accidents.
As the weather starts to get warmer and the days get longer, more bicyclists will be out and about and that is something drivers need to be aware of and looking for. Bicyclists, also need to remember the basic rules of riding bikes on the road and be aware that some drivers may not see you, so to always ride cautiously to avoid a personal injury due to a collision.
Get on the Right Side of the Road
If you are in Utah, or anywhere in the United States, then you know that the right side of the road is the correct side. That is true not only for vehicles but for those on bicycles and even walkers. Bicyclists should always ride on the right-half of the road and never on the sidewalk.
Wrong-way cycling is a leading cause of collisions between cars and bicycles. Cars won’t notice you as easily if you are riding the wrong way. For example, right-turning drivers scan for vehicles and traffic coming from their left and if a bicyclist is riding the wrong way, the driver can end up turning directly into the path of that rider, leading to a collision and a call to your personal injury lawyer.
Do Bikers Obey Traffic Laws?
Yes. Always yes. Bicyclists are neither cars nor pedestrians, and some states do have special laws for bikes. It’s simple, if a biker is approaching a stop sign, they too, like cars, need to stop and obey traffic laws. If you were struck by a vehicle who has failed to follow these traffic laws, contact your personal injury attorney for a consultation.
So, bikers and drivers should be aware of each other this summer; obey laws and enjoy the warmer weather accident free, but remember, if you have been injured in a bicycle accident, contact our attorney team here at Robert J. DeBry and Associates. An experience lawyer will help you get the compensation you deserve for your injuries.