Who Takes the Blame for a Bicycle Intersection Accident?
In bike vs. car accidents, the car, truck, or van always wins. After all, vehicles are large, strong, and move faster than bikes do. Although cyclists wear some protection, they are typically no match for motor vehicles. Despite their lack of engines and large pieces of metal, bicycles are typically classified as vehicles when it comes to the law, which means they have to follow the rules of the road.
Intersection accidents are dangerous and can leave their victims with life-threatening injuries, such as brain trauma, pelvis fractures, and internal organ injuries. Many are caused because the intersections lack signals and neither the cyclist nor the motorist yields to the other.
Do You Know the Rules of the Road?
You can never trust that a driver will yield to you when you’re attempting to cross at an intersection. However, knowing who has the right of way may help you drive more defensively.
- Traffic signals. Bicyclists must obey traffic signals when they come to intersections, even if it means stopping in a row of vehicles. If you’re alone at the light or in the front and the sensor doesn’t detect your presence, you can move your bike so that it is sitting on the sensor. Just like when you’re in a vehicle, you must stop on red, go on green, and yield to oncoming traffic when making a left turn, unless you have the green arrow.
- No traffic signals. Typically, when an intersection has four-ways stop signs and two vehicles are present, the one who arrives first has the right-of-way. If both vehicles arrive at the same time, the vehicle to the right has the right-of-way. If the intersection features a major street crossing through a minor street, the traffic on the major street has the right-of-way. Keep in mind, however, that drivers of cars may not be aware that the bicyclist has the right-of-way, so always make eye contact and make sure you are clear to go.
Can You Prove You Were in the Right?
In order to prove to a court of law that you had the right-of-way during your accident, you’ll need witness testimony. In order to locate the eye-witnesses and to show that you were the victim—not the cause—of the crash, you’ll require the help of an excellent attorney. The Morton Law Offices want to help you receive the financial compensation you deserve. Contact us today.
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