May is bike to work month, and with spring in full gear you may want to get dust off your bicycle and do some riding. David Greene from the law firm of Greene and Phillips is here to give us some safety tips in regards to bicycle riding.
Below is a list of some of the questions and answers discussed on Studio10:
First off, what safety equipment should you be riding with?
Helmets for anyone under 16, a headlight and a tail light if you plan on riding at night. Also, try to wear bright and reflective clothing to make yourself visible to surrounding drivers.
There seems to be some confusion as to what side of the street one should ride a bicycle. We've seen bicyclists going with traffic, against traffic and right down the center lane. Where should someone ride their bicycle if they are on the road?
Alabama law says you should ride with traffic as far right as you practically can. If there's a large shoulder, you'll probably want to ride on it, if there is a very narrow shoulder or no shoulder at all you'll want to ride about a third of the way into the lane to keep drivers behind you from trying to squeeze by you.
What if you are driving a car and come up on a bicyclist, is there special rules for how to pass that bicyclist?
In the city of Mobile and many parts of the country you are required by law to give at least three feet clearance between your vehicle and the bicycle. Also, since they are considered a slow moving vehicle you are allowed to pass in a turning lane or through a double line as long as you are sure it's safe to pass. Just don't try to squeeze by in the same lane, that can end up being very dangerous and put the bicyclist's life at risk.
What about riding bicycles on sidewalks, is that a good idea?
Sometimes when you are going slow or you're on a busy road it may be best to be on the sidewalk, but state law actually says bicyclists should stay off sidewalks. It's for a good reason, often cars backing out of driveways won't stop to look if traffic is coming down the sidewalk also you bicycles can be very dangerous to walking pedestrians.
Are bicycles allowed on any road?
Bicycles are banned from tunnels and interstates, but beyond that, under the law, they are recognized as vehicles with every right to the road as any other vehicle.
If someone is on a bike and is hit by a car, what should they do?
Of course call 911, make sure the police make a report, get medical attention as soon as you can. Also call a lawyer that handles bicycle related injury cases, they will help you make a claim and make sure you get fully compensated for your injuries.
Tell us about Greene & Phillips experience with bicycle related lawsuits.
Greene & Phillips has helped many bicyclists over the years who have been hit by vehicles. We are working on a case right now representing the family of a man who was riding around downtown and was hit by a drunk driver. We were able to get quite a large settlement for an bicyclist who was hit by a big truck who was not paying attention.
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