Warmer weather means more bicycles are out on the roadways, and increased danger of bicycle related traffic collisions. According to traffic laws, bicycles are vehicles with the same responsibilities and rights as all other vehicles on the street. Riding a bicycle on sidewalks is dangerous to pedestrians and bicyclists. Cars backing out of or pulling into driveways may not be looking for bicycles. Bicyclists should keep their vehicles in the far right lane as close to the white line as safety permits in order to allow faster moving traffic to pass on the left. Bicyclists must obey all traffic rules such as stop signs and traffic lights. They should also signal their intentions when attempting to turn or change lanes using the standard hand signals. When a motor vehicle is following a bicyclist, maintaining a distance of three feet is recommended, and in some municipalities, required by law. Bicyclists are required to equip their vehicles with a headlight and taillight to increase visibility, and additional reflectors are advisable. Wearing brightly colored clothing and a safety helmet in compliance with federal safety regulations is also recommended.
As a San Diego car accident lawyer, I would like to see the roads become safer for everyone, bicyclists included. If you or someone you love has been injured in any sort of traffic collision, please consider discussing your legal options with a personal injury attorney in San Diego.