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Commuting on a Bicycle? 4 Essential Laws to Know

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A bike a great way to get around! Not only is it more environmentally-friendly, but you save money on gas and get a solid workout to boot! However, biking doesn’t come without its risks, especially around careless or distracted drivers and pedestrians.

As summer comes to a close, we want to dedicate this post to essential laws that all bicyclists should know! Your priority should always be to stay safe and avoid injury. In the case that you are involved in an accident or injured, you’ll want to be on the right side of the law, which will help you avoid liability and secure any compensation that is owed.

  1. You Must Stick to Bicycle Lanes When Possible

As per California law, bicyclists need to use bike lanes at all times. There are exceptions to this rule, such as if you need to pass another cyclist, avoid any debris, or turn onto another road. In general though, always stick to the part of the road that is designated for bikes.

  1. Your Bike Should be Outfitted with Lights and Reflectors

Bicyclists can be difficult to see in the road and to help prevent accidents, California law places the onus on riders to ensure that they are always as visible as possible via the use of lights and reflectors. This is only required for night-time riders, but we advise that any cyclist who spends significant time on the road to go ahead and install lights and reflectors as well.

  1. Minors Need to Have a Helmet at all Times

As per California law, anyone who is under the age of 18 needs to wear a helmet at all times while riding a bike. Research has proven time after time that helmets save lives, and we’d advise that all cyclists always wear a helmet regardless of age.

  1. Always Yield the Right of Way to Pedestrians

Exercise caution when approaching intersections and crosswalks because in California, pedestrians have the right of way. Once they’ve begun to cross, you are required to yield to them. Furthermore, blind pedestrians and those who need a guide dog to get around should always get the right of way regardless of where they are at.

Want to Learn More?

There you have it, there are four crucial laws that all cyclists should know when riding their bike in California. That being covered, we at the Law Office of Dean Petrulakis understand that accidents happen. If you were hurt by the reckless or negligent actions of another person while riding your bike, or if you were the victim of a careless bicyclist, know that you have options at your disposal.

If you want to learn more, and to speak with a qualified personal injury attorney, don’t hesitate to reach out to us at the Law Office of Dean Petrulakis. We offer free initial consultations, so be sure to call at your earliest convenience.