What Should You Do After A Car Accident?

Car-Bicycle Accidents

Posted on June 9th, 2009 No Comments

These days, bicycling is growing immensely in popularity.  With mounting concerns about the well-being of the environment and the recent economic downturn, many people are opting to avoid burning costly fuel by commuting via bicycle.  Because more and more cyclists are taking to the road, automobile drivers must move with caution near these slower-moving vehicles.  Likewise, the bicyclist also has a responsibility to move with caution and adhere to all traffic laws.

The Responsibilities of Drivers and Cyclists

Both drivers and cyclists have a responsibility to respect all moving vehicles present on the roads.  Each type of commuter should be aware of the dangers posed by the other, and each should, in turn, take the precautions necessary to avoid collisions.  Cyclists have the following responsibilities:

Adhere to all traffic laws, including traffic signals
Take caution when passing a line of stopped vehicles
Move at a safe speed
Keep bikes well-maintained to avoid unexpected accidents
Automobile drivers, in turn, have the following responsibilities when moving alongside bicycle riders:
Watch for cyclists when turning and passing
Give cyclists an adequate cushion when passing them
Check for cyclists before opening a parked car door to get out
Keep in mind cyclists’ stopping capability and physical ability to maintain a certain speed, and drive accordingly
Do not disregard bike lanes or paths

Both parties have the responsibility of respecting one another on the road.  Both drivers and cyclists may suffer physical or property damage from a collision.  

Contact Us

If you would like to learn more about accidents that occur between motorized vehicles and bicycles, contact Jacksonville car-bicycle accident lawyer Donald Guthrie at 904-296-1088.

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