As the weather gets nicer, I’m sure you’ll notice an increase of bicycles on Telegraph and Eisenhower. You may not be thrilled about the idea of bikes whizzing around you on your daily commute, but no matter your frustrations, you still have to take necessary precautions for their safety as well as your own.
Precautionary Bike Lane Rules for Drivers
Bicyclists have their own set of rules in addition to common traffic laws that they must obey. However, as a motorist you have protection and size on your side, and therefore you need to take extra precautions when driving by, near, or behind bike riders.
- When passing a cyclist, always pass on his left. Most bike lanes are situated on the right side of the road, so if the biker is in his lane, you shouldn’t be able to pass on the right anyway.
- Never drive partially in front of a biker. When passing, make sure you’re completely clear before moving in front of him.
- Always allow at least a three feet circumference between you and a cyclist at all times.
- When turning, always yield to bikes; they have the right of way whether they’re turning or going straight. Failing to yield to a bicyclist resulting in a crash in which the bicyclist is seriously injured can result in a $1,000 fine and three points on your driving record.
- Make sure you’re aware of your surroundings; bikers can ride both in bike lanes and on sidewalks, so be wary of cyclists approaching crosswalks as well as bikes around you.
- Don’t open your doors in traffic without checking to see if there are any approaching bikes.
No matter how many precautions you take or how safely you drive, accidents can always happen. If you’ve been involved in a bike accident or have suffered serious injuries as a result of a negligent cyclist’s actions, contact us today for a free evaluation and consultation about your rights and possible legal claim.
As the weather turns nicer, bikers will be out in full force. Make sure your loved ones are prepared by sharing this page with them on Facebook or Twitter, or by posting the safety tips at work. You never know if and when it may prevent an accident.