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Bicycle safety

With spring and summer approaching, more and more people are outside riding their bicycles. Bicycle safety involves more than wearing the proper equipment, such as a helmet. It also involves knowing and abiding by the rules of the road.

California Vehicle Code not only applies to automobiles and trucks, it also applies to the operation of a bicycle. Bicycle VC 21200 states, "Every person riding a bicycle upon a street or highway has all the rights and is subject to all the duties applicable to the driver of a vehicle, including the provisions of law dealing with driving under the influence of alcoholic beverages or drugs, except those provisions which by their very nature can have no application."

California Vehicle Code 21202 applies to the duty of a bicycle operator. It states, in part, "Any person operating a bicycle upon a roadway at a speed less than the normal speed of traffic moving in the same direction at such time shall ride as close as practicable to the right-hand curb or edge of the roadway except under specific situations." These include passing another bike or motor vehicle, making a left turn at an intersection, and when necessary to avoid specific conditions, such as pedestrians, hazards in the road and animals.

If you are planning on riding your bicycle on a street or roadway, I would suggest you learn and practice the bicycle safety rules of the road. Bicycle accidents can be severe - sometimes fatal. If you are involved in an accident while on the road, contact an experienced San Bernardino Personal Injury attorney who will advise you on your legal rights and whether you are entitled to compensation.

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