Fortunately, most states, cities, and counties have traffic laws which define the rights and responsibilities of bicyclists. These laws exist to preserve cyclists' safety, and promote cooperation between motorists and cyclists.
Bicycle laws are, for the most part, similar across the United States. To go through each state's specific laws is beyond the scope of this discussion. Check your state traffic code for specifics. You can also check this helpful list of bike laws, organized by state.
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Most states require cyclists to follow the same rules of the road as motorists, and levy substantial fines and penalties when cyclists violate the law.
Knowing your local bicycle law is not just important for safety, but will serve you well if injured in an accident. With better understanding of the law, you're better able to prove how and when a driver is liable.
When a motorist's negligence results in injury to a bicyclist, the motorist is just as liable as if he collided with another car. The cyclist has equal access to the claim and lawsuit process, and may seek compensation for any resulting damages.
The following are the most common bicycle traffic laws across the United States. To be absolutely sure you're in compliance with all applicable state and local statutes, purchase a current copy of your state's traffic laws. You can buy most states' paperback versions for under $20.00. Some states even offer their updated traffic code free online.
Remember, if you are cycling on a roadway, you have the same rights as a motorist. You also have the same duty to abide by the applicable traffic laws.
Being injured in a bicycle accident entitles you to the same compensation as if you had been injured in your car. Compensation includes payment for your:
If you've suffered a serious injury in a bicycle car accident, and are seeking compensation, you should meet with a licensed personal injury attorney to discuss your case.
When the stakes are high, it's not worth taking a chance and handling your bicycle accident claim yourself. An attorney has the experience to make sure you get a fair settlement for your damages.
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