Safety Regulations For Bicyclists
Understanding your rights and responsibilities as a bicyclist is vital. Just because you’re not driving a car doesn’t mean you can disregard traffic laws. When bicycling on a road, you should always make yourself as visible as possible. Stay alert, and signal to drivers as you’re maneuvering.
North Carolina requires you to ride with a white light at the front of your bike and a red light and reflector at the back of your bike when riding in the dark. If you’re under 16, you must follow the laws requiring you to wear a helmet at all times.
Obey all traffic signals, signs, and lights. You should ride on the right side of the road unless you cannot do so safely. Generally, the law expects you to practice reasonable care for the other vehicles around you.
Common Causes Of Bicycle Accidents
Why do these tragedies happen? Usually, they occur when a bicyclist or driver makes a mistake. Sometimes, both parties are partially at fault.
As a bicyclist, you should avoid:
- Bicycling while distracted
- Speeding under dangerous conditions
- Riding too close to cars
- Weaving through traffic
- Failing to follow traffic laws
Similarly, drivers must not:
- Drive when distracted or fatigued
- Make unannounced or unsafe lane changes
- Fail to yield for cyclists
- Drift into other lanes or occupied shoulders
Whether the accident results from a cyclist error, driver negligence, or road hazards, contact a bicycle accident attorney to pursue compensation. Determining the cause of the accident is the first step toward filing a claim.