Bicycle Law Protects Phoenix Riders
Do You Know How State Law Pertains to Your Bike Accident?
As a bicycle rider, you're likely aware that there are some laws out there that protect you in the event of a bicycle accident. The question is, do you know which laws will help you and what those laws even are? If you are a motorist instead of a bicycle rider, do you know how the laws impact you, and how they will be used to hold you accountable if you strike a bicycle rider on the road? (Click here for answers to frequently asked bike accident questions.) Most people don't realize that there are multiple laws that protect cyclists on the road, and that they are almost all state laws, although some cities have additional laws to help increase safety for cyclists on the road.
It may surprise you to know that the state of Arizona sees bicycles as vehicles, and this means that all of the same laws apply to bicyclists and motorists. If you are riding your bike you must stop at stoplights and yield to pedestrians, but you are also expected to receive the same respect on the road from other drivers. Not always so though!
If you are driving a car you must remember this means no crowding, tailgating, or allowing your road rage to get the better of you, even if the bicycle rider is going slower than you want them to. You also can't bypass the bicyclist in the same lane, so don't even think about it…even though you've probably done it already once this week.
Because bicycles are a specialized "vehicle" there are also some additional laws that pertain to them that cyclists and drivers are expected to follow.
Arizona Bicycle Laws for Phoenix Riders That Help Prevent Bicycle Crashes
If you're a cyclist, it pays to know the special laws that pertain to you and protect you from being involved in a bike collision. As a rider, always remember:
- Ride as close to the curb as possible when you are traveling on city streets. If you're on a street without a sidewalk, ride as close to the edge of the road as possible without endangering yourself.
- Don't ride on the sidewalk. The sidewalk is for pedestrians, and your bicycles is considered a vehicle.
- When you're traveling with a companion, never ride more than two abreast in the lane of traffic.
- If you are riding at night, he law requires that you mount lamp using white light to the front of your bicycle. This light must be visible to cars coming towards you from 500 feet away at minimum.
- If you're traveling outside of normal daylight hours, your bicycle must be equipped with a red reflector light in the back, so that vehicles traveling behind you can see you in front of them.
The above are just a few of the rules related to Arizona bicycle law. The complete set of laws is lengthier and far more complex.
Get a Free Consultation with the Husband and Wife Law Team Today
If you have been involved in a crash and suspect that another party's violation of the Arizona bicycle law caused it (in whole or in part), the Phoenix bike accident lawyers at Breyer Law Offices, P.C. can help. They have an in-depth knowledge of bicycle law and can provide a free consultation to discuss the specifics of your case. After this complimentary evaluation, you will have a better idea of whether you should try to collect damages in a court of law. Call the Breyer Law Offices, P.C. at (602) 267-1280 today to see how they can help with your case.