Because cars are larger and faster than bicycles, the driver of the vehicle is often assumed at fault for any collision involving a bike. However, bicyclists can also be to blame for accidents. They have rules to follow just like drivers and violating rules of the road can lead to accidents.
Both drivers and bicyclists have a duty of care when traveling on the roads in California. Bicycle riders must follow the same rules as drivers. This means they must stop at red lights, stop signs, yield to oncoming traffic, and yield to pedestrians. Bicyclists must also ride in the same direction vehicles are traveling.
Some other rules of the road that bicyclists must follow include:
Motorists must treat bicyclists with the same duty of care as they would other motorists. This means they must treat the bicycle like it is another vehicle. All laws on passing, merging and yielding must be followed when driving alongside a bicyclist. Drivers must give bicyclists at least three feet of space before passing.
Determining negligence in a car versus bicycle accident can be a challenge. Some common examples of motorist negligence in these accidents include:
Common examples of bicyclist negligence include:
If you enjoy cycling in California, make sure you follow these safety tips to help prevent a crash that could result in serious injuries:
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