Why you should not Riding a Bike on the Wrong Side of the Road
With the density of daily traffic on a steady rise, people are constantly looking for alternate ways to get where they need to go minus the stress of muscling it out on the open road. Luckily, cities and states are slowly but surely becoming more and more accepting of the humble bicycle as a form of transportation. Today, there are close to a thousand different roads that have a dedicated bike lane to help those who prefer this two-wheeled personal transportation contraption get where they need to go safely and scratch-free.
However, despite the dedicated lane granted to bike riders, there are still those who prefer to break the rules and regulations of the road. It’s not uncommon to find bikers speeding through pedestrian lanes and even counter flowing through heavy traffic for reasons unknown to most. What these law breakers fail to realize is that they too are subject to the same regulations that keep everyone else in check.
Bike Riders and the Law
Private car drivers, public transportation vehicles, motorcyclists, and yes, even bicycle riders all share the same road, and that means they all need to adhere to the same laws and regulations to ensure not only their own safety, but the safety of all those who share the road. But because a bicycle is a lot smaller and easier to maneuver than other vehicles on the road, bike riders think they can weave and speed through oncoming traffic simply because they physically can. The truth is, however, bikes need to follow the same rules, the same limits, and the same restrictions that others follow – regardless of how easy it is for them to squeeze through other vehicles.
The Importance of Adhering to Traffic Rules and Regulations
There are several good reasons why bike riders should religiously adhere to the rules of the road, and this short list should give you a better idea of just why those regulations were put into action in the first place.
- Injuries are Significantly More Severe – Although there might be a law mandating two-wheeled transportation device riders to don a helmet whenever they’re out on the open road, something as simple as headgear won’t be able to protect a bike rider from serious injuries when involved in a collision. It’s important to remember that a bike does not have any sort of external protection to save its rider from the perils of traffic, and that’s why bicyclists who are involved in road accidents are more likely to sustain more severe injuries, and sometimes even death. While it’s dangerous enough to ride a bike alongside gas-powered vehicles, it’s even more perilous to ride against traffic.
- Visibility is Limited – One of the reasons why bike riders claim to prefer biking over driving is because a bike is much smaller, compact, and easier to maneuver. While this could be a good thing when you follow the regulations of the road, it’s these very characteristics that can make riding a bike against traffic all the more dangerous. A speeding bike can hardly be seen by a car that’s backing up, or by motorists merging with traffic. Because cars going in the opposite direction as a counterflowing bike rider won’t expect a bicycle coming at them head on, they’re less likely to be able to steer clear of an accident.
- Limited Reaction Time – No one expects to see a bike speeding at them from the front, and that’s why it’s almost inevitable to encounter an accident when you ride against traffic on a bike. The other motorists going in the opposite direction are only given a limited reaction time to maneuver their vehicle away from you, and even if they do, they’re likely to collide with others on the road.
Involved in a Biking Accident on the Road? Call The Pros
If you or someone you know was recently involved in a road collision involving a bike, and serious physical and mental injuries were sustained, you are entitled to receive compensation from the offending party. But because these cases can be hard to prove, it’s ideal that you hire a professional personal injury lawyer to help with your case.
At Avrek Law Firm, we have the most experienced personal injury lawyers in the business. With years of service, Avrek Law has helped close to a thousand individuals win their claim and get the compensation they deserve.
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