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Bicycles and crosswalks

Do you get frustrated when a biker rides his or her bicycle in a crosswalk? When pedestrians are crossing at the same time, it can be a dangerous place to be. Accidents can occur.

According to California Vehicle Code Section 21200(a), "A person riding a bicycle or operating a Pedi cab upon a highway has all the rights and is subject to all the provisions applicable to the driver of a vehicle by this division, including, but not limited to, provisions concerning driving under the influence of alcoholic beverages or drugs ...."

A bike rider is considered to be operating a motor vehicle and should obey all the operating rules that car drivers do. The following are some safety guidelines for a bicyclist:

  • Walk your bike through the crosswalk or ride along with the flow of traffic on the farthest right side of the street, but to the left of the crosswalk if going straight
  • Obey the stop signs or stoplights
  • Ride on the right side of the street

Did you know that a bicyclist hit in an intersection by a car turning right isn't at fault if he or she is going with traffic outside the crosswalk? On the other hand, if a bicyclist is hit inside the crosswalk, he or she is at fault.

If you are on a bicycle, it behooves you to follow the rules of the road. However, if you are injured while on your bike because of the negligent actions of another person, contact an experienced San Bernardino Personal Injury attorney who will investigate your case to determine if you are entitled to compensation for your injuries and expenses.

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