If you are involved in a bicycle accident in North Carolina
as a result of someone else’s negligence, and sustain an injury,
Don’t settle before you get legal counsel.
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As the weather warms up, more and more bicyclists are sharing the road with motorists. Because bicycles are vehicles, bicyclists must obey the same traffic laws as other drivers, this includes DWI laws. Bicyclists usually ride on the right side of the lane, but are entitled to use the full lane.
North Carolina traffic laws require bicyclists to:
More Rules of the Road on Sharing the Road:
Pass with Care. A bicyclist staying to the right in his/her lane is accommodating following drivers by making it easier to see when it is safe to pass, and easier to execute the pass. Drivers wishing to pass a bicyclist may do so only when there is abundant clearance and no oncoming traffic is in the opposing lane. When passing a bicyclist, always remember the bicyclist is entitled to use of the full lane.
Go with the Flow. It is especially important for bicyclists to go with the flow of traffic, NOT against the flow. Ride right, with the traffic, NOT facing traffic. Motorists often do not look in the direction of bicyclists riding the wrong way.
Be Visible. Visibility is important during both daylight hours and at night. During the daylight, avoid being obscured by other vehicles. At night, the law requires that a bicycle be equipped with a light on the front visible for a distance of at least 300 feet and a red light or reflector on the rear visible for a distance of at least 200 feet.
Bicyclists can be expected on all roads except where expressly prohibited. Bicycles are narrow and typically operate at the right of the lane, so they may be obscured and difficult to detect.
Stay Safe. The Child Bicycle Safety Act of 2001 requires all bicycle riders and passengers under age 16 to wear an approved protective bicycle helmet when riding on public roads, public paths, and public rights-of-way. Additionally, a passenger weighing less than 40 pounds or less than 40 inches in height must be seated in a bicycle child restraining seat or a bicycle trailer.
May is National Bike Month, but it’s so much more than just 31 days. It’s a reminder to get rolling again. It’s a gateway to riding more often, health, and wellness. Whether you are the motorist sharing the road with the bicyclist – or the bicyclist sharing the road with the motorist – let’s all get along and move along safely.
If you’ve been injured in a bicycle wreck, it is to your advantage to consult with an attorney and get advice.
Contact the Law Offices of Adrienne Blocker, PLLC, at
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