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Personal Injury in Bicycle-Motor Vehicle Accidents.August 21, 2013
While Buffalo has expanded the number of designated bicycle paths and lanes over the past several years, many bicyclists still suffer personal injury as a result of bicycle-motor vehicle collisions. Because bicyclists are subject to specific laws different from the rules for cars or pedestrians, evaluating who was at fault when a bicyclist suffers a personal injury may require an experienced personal injury lawyer.
Generally, a bicyclist who is riding on a roadway must follow the same rules and has the same rights as someone driving a motor vehicle. If there is a designated bike lane marked out on the road, the bicyclist is required to use it. If there is not, the bicyclist is required to travel as much as safely possible on the right hand curb or shoulder. Bicyclists may not ride more than two abreast when on a roadway and are required to travel in single file when being overtaken by a vehicle.
Because bicycles on roadways have the same rights as motor vehicles, motor vehicles are usually required to treat them the same as they would a car. This includes yielding to them when entering a roadway or at a stop sign, not encroaching on their driving lane when a separate lane is available, and not blocking their path when they have the right of way. If a motor vehicle does any of these things and causes a bicyclist to suffer a personal injury, the driver may be liable for damages.
At our personal injury law firm, we are experienced in handling bicycle-motor vehicle accidents. If you have any questions, please feel free to call us at 716-400-0000.