In most states, bicycles are considered vehicles and should be given the same respect as other motor vehicles on the road. However, cars have an added responsibility to make every effort to avoid a collision with a bicycle, since a bicyclist is more likely to be injured or killed in a collision. Specifically, motorists have an added burden when they pass a bicycle on the roadway – they must yield to bicyclists and pedestrians at driveways and alleys, and must not follow too closely.
To make matters worse, bicyclists are subject to the most harm when motorists fail to see bicycles on the road.
Even if bicyclists properly come to a stop, they may be subject to injury due to flipping off the bike, laying the bike down on the road, or a secondary impact. Therefore, it is especially important that drivers of vehicles exercise appropriate lookout at all times, even when bicyclists are not readily apparent to them.
If you have been the victim of negligence while riding a bicycle, contact the Schwaba Law Firm and let us see if we can help you RECOVER.