It seems as though every time you turn around there is a new story about how to stay healthy. “Clean eating” and exercise tips are all over the internet, social media, and the news. One of the most popular ways to stay fit is to ride a bike. This method of transportation is so common, that some people even work riding their bike in to their daily routine by cycling to work, or to run errands. When taking to the street on your bike thought, it is necessary to stay safe, and to take steps to avoid being in an accident. If you do happen to get in an accident while on your bike, know that there are laws that protect you and provide for compensation for your injuries.
The same laws that apply to autos apply to bikes. The traffic laws provide for the following rights and obligations for cyclists:
- Bikes are permitted on the roadways, but must obey the same traffic laws as cars. This means if you are on a bike you are required to appropriately signal a turn, and to abide by all stop signs and traffic signals.
- If you are in an accident, you have the right to call the authorities for an investigation, and to obtain a copy of the traffic report on the incident.
- Bicyclists are required to ride their bikes in a safe manner, and to not engage in dangerous riding behaviors such as riding more than one person on a bike built for one rider, or allowing a “passenger” to sit on the handlebars while riding a bike.
Staying safe while riding a bike around cars takes effort by both the cyclist, and the driver of a vehicle. Be sure to wear reflective clothing so you are easily seen, because doing so will help a driver to take steps to avoid a collision with a biker. It is also a good idea to wear safety gear, so you are protected from bodily harm. But, even with all precautionary measures being taken, an accident can still happen. If you have been in an accident while riding a bike, call a skilled personal injury attorney for help seeking the compensation you deserve. Just like with a car accident, you will likely need medical treatment, and have the right to file a claim against the negligent car driver. Call our office today for an examination of the facts of your case, and let us develop a strategy that fits your facts and is likely to lead to maximum recovery for your injuries.
If you have been hurt in an accident with a car while on a bike, call our office to learn your options. Let an experienced attorney help you figure what is best for you. Call a Bloomington, Minnesota personal injury attorney today.