CYCLIST RIGHTS IN CALIFORNIA
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Most avid cyclists know the rules of the road; as a cyclist, you have the right to use normal traffic lanes if you are moving with the speed of traffic or if you are moving slower than traffic but there is no bike lane or if the road is not wide enough to safely ride side-by-side with passing vehicles. Cyclists must also move the same direction as traffic, use proper hand signals, and stay in bike lanes except when making left turns, avoiding hazards, or when traveling at the same speed as traffic.
However, while most cyclists are aware of the general rules of the road, many are not aware of the full scope of their rights. Additionally, more casual cyclists may not realize all of the rights they have while riding.
It’s important that you know your rights, not only in the event that you are injured in an accident but also in order to elevate the level of bicycle safety on California roads.
You Have the Right to Share the Road
Cyclists who are following all applicable state laws have the right to share the road with motor vehicles. In the event of an accident, an at-fault driver cannot try to blame you for the incident by saying that you were in the roadway, as long as you were following all traffic laws. This includes stopping at stop signs and red lights, following the direction of traffic, and using bike lanes where possible/appropriate.
You Have the Right to Hold Negligent Drivers Accountable
If you were hit by a motor vehicle while cycling and you believe the driver of the vehicle was at fault, you have the right to take legal action by pursuing a personal injury claim. Negligent and reckless drivers can be held liable for your damages, including medical expenses, lost wages/income, damage to your bike, pain and suffering, emotional distress, and more. In order to recover compensation for these and other damages, you will need to prove that the motorist in question acted negligently or wrongfully and that this led to your injuries/damages.
You Have the Right to a Fair Recovery
If you were injured as a result of someone else’s careless, reckless, or wrongful actions, you do not have to suffer the physical, emotional, and financial consequences on your own. California state law allows injured individuals, including cyclists, to recover compensation from liable parties/insurance providers. You are entitled to receive this compensation if someone else was at-fault for your injuries.
You Have the Right to Work with an Attorney
While it is not required that you work with an attorney to resolve your personal injury claim, you do have this right. Furthermore, it is strongly advised that you speak to a legal professional who can help you fully understand your rights and the legal options available to you. Without an attorney on your side, you risk leaving rightful compensation on the table.
At Bike Legal, our California bicycle accident attorneys put over 35 years of experience solely representing injured cyclists to work for you. As avid cyclists ourselves, we understand the challenges you are facing, as well as the unique questions and concerns you may have. We serve clients throughout California and are here to guide you through the legal process and ensure your cyclist rights are protected every step of the way.