Cycling in Western New York is a popular pastime. With miles of rolling hills and scenic roadways, Western New York is a cyclist’s paradise. Each spring, after the snow has thawed, thousands of avid cyclist’s return to the roadways and get peddling. Sharing the roadway with cars and other motorized vehicles, cycling can be dangerous.
Under New York law, bicycle riders are subject to the same vehicle and traffic laws as motorists. If you are riding a bicycle, you must obey the traffic laws. In addition, there are some special New York State traffic laws that apply to bicycle riders which include:
At the same time, motorists are required to be attentive to bicycle riders. They must respect a bicycle the same as they would respect another motor vehicle. Unfortunately, motorists don’t always pay proper attention to cyclists, resulting in motor vehicle collisions. Common types of motor vehicle vs. bicycle collisions include:
Cyclists are unprotected and vulnerable on their bicycles. Motor vehicle collisions can and often do result in serious injuries including:
Almost every cyclist can recall a “close call” or actual accident with a motor vehicle. Motor vehicle drivers just don’t always see cyclists or respect their presence on the roadway. When this happens, serious injuries or death can result.
If you or a loved one has been a victim of a bicycle accident contact Spinner Law Firm, WNY Bicycle Lawyers today by calling (716) 714-4109 for a free consultation to explain your legal rights and fight to maximize your compensation.