California is the third leading state for a bicycle friendly state. The ranking was sorted by infrastructure and funding, education and encouragement, legislation and enforcement, policies and programs, and last, evaluation and planning. California hit the marks in all areas except legislation and enforcement. Just like any great government run area, you have to work on the rules and regulations to ensure that everyone stays happy and safe. Knowing that bicycle riding is a great way to stay healthy as well as help the environment, California has taken the lead in making sure that those who choose to ride are feeling supported and protected.
Unfortunately, not all who share the ride are ready for these kinds of changes. Those who choose to drive are still not doing all they can to prevent bicycle accidents. However, whenever you choose to take on the road it becomes a responsibility of everyone who is on the road. Both bicyclists and drivers need to make sure that not only are they aware of each other, but that they are each following the rules.
Our Oceanside Bicycle Accident Attorneys at the Law Offices of Edward J Babbitt, APC has over 30 years of experience with clients who have dealt with injuries caused by a bicycle accident. When a bicyclist is hit by a car the chance of getting a few scrapes or bruises are very slim. When you are hit while riding a bicycle you are typically thrown into the air or knocked directly to the ground. Either way, there is an unforgiving impact between the body and the ground. Most damages to bicyclists happen to their head, neck, and back. These damages usually result in broken limbs, paralysis, and other catastrophic injuries. So, in order to protect you and to make sure that you are not at fault when you were hit, we have compiled a list of 5 laws that you should know before you get onto your bicycle:
Your right to take a lane is dependent on the situation. The law requires bicyclists to stay as far right on the road as possible. You can use a lane if you are riding fast enough or if you are riding slower.
Always use the bicycle lane if you have the option to do so. This should be your default lane unless you need to make a left.
Bicyclist should ride to the far right of the road and always with traffic, not against traffic.
Do not park or stop while on a bicycle path as it obstructs other bicyclists from using the path.
You cannot ride your bike on a freeway or expressway unless directly told by the California Department of Transportation.
These rules are just a glimpse into the legal view of riding a bicycle. If you or someone you love has been injured in a bicycle accident then do not hesitate to reach out to our Oceanside Bicycle Accident Attorneys at the Law Offices of Edward J Babbitt, APC. Call 619-543-1789 or click here to schedule an appointment with our professional attorneys today.