Automobiles and bicycles can both be operated on the same road if drivers and bicyclists pay attention to their surroundings and operate their respective vehicles safely.

Accidents that involve cyclists and drivers are often tragic and catastrophic. Bicyclists are protected only by a safety helmet, and any impact from a vehicle moving, even at relatively slow speeds, can cause a serious injury.

Thankfully, personal injury law does not just cover those involved in accidents with automobiles, but anyone injured in an accident, even bicyclists. 

Share the Road

Drivers in cars need to be mindful that individuals riding bicycles are allowed to ride on the road. It is for this reason that so many “bike only” lanes are popping up all over the United States. Here are a few safety tips for sharing the road with bicyclists:

  • Drive cautiously. Reckless driving will have a more devastating impact on a bicyclist than it will on another driver. Drivers are protected by the exterior of their vehicles, air bags and safety belts. Bicyclists are not afforded this protection and any impact with a cyclist could prove fatal. Be aware of all your surroundings on the road.
  • Don’t swing open your door. If you are parallel parked, look twice before swinging your door opened. When a motorist opens their door swiftly without looking and a cyclist is riding by, they may slam into the door and be flung form their bicycle. Cyclists call this being “doored,” and it is a very real danger. Be cognizant of your surroundings before opening your doors when parked on the street.
  • Respect the bike lane. Many drivers spill over in the bike lane in an attempt to pass other vehicles or get into their lane early to make a right turn. These lanes are designated for bikes for a reason.
  • Follow the speed limit. Speeding will significantly decrease your ability to stop your car should a bicyclist cross your path.
  • Give cyclists space. When passing a bicyclist utilizing the road, give about five feet of space to pass on the left. Doing so will likely lead other bicyclists to follow suit.

If you or a loved one has been involved in an accident with a bicyclist or as a bicyclist, you may have a strong case and require the assistance of an auto accident lawyer. There are many lawyers in North Carolina that specialize in personal injury law, but none have the experienced track record that can be found at Campbell & Associates. Contact Campbell & Associates today for a free consultation with one of our expert North Carolina injury attorneys.

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