Every year we celebrate cycling and encourage the good environmental practice of biking to work with Bike to Work Week.
When biking to work there are a few rules of the road to remember.
- Look at the signs. Cyclists should not ride on a sidewalk or a crosswalk unless directed to do so by a sign.
- Ride on the right (not left) side of the road
- If riding at night make sure to have a white headlight (visible from 150m), a red reflector, and a red rear facing light.
- Use hand signals to indicate right turn, left turn, or slowing speed.
- Wear your helmet—it’s mandatory.
- Stay at the scene
- Provide your name and address to the injured person (or get the contact information of the party contributing to the accident if you are the injured person)
- Take pictures of the accident and document exactly what happened
- Seek necessary medical attention immediately
Generally, the same rules of the road which apply to vehicles also apply to cyclists (with a few exceptions and additions). Make sure to follow the appropriate cycling laws when riding your bike because when an accident occurs rule-breakers may be held partially liable, even when the rule breaker is the injured party. For example, if a motor vehicle turns right and hits a cyclist who is riding on a crosswalk the cyclist may be considered part, or even half, at fault since he or she was inappropriately riding on the crosswalk. The same is true from cyclists who are riding their bike on the sidewalk or riding at night without a headlight.
On average, nearly 1,000 cyclists sustain injuries from May to October in B.C. Bike accidents cases can be multi-layered and the law is complex. Even if as the cyclist you contributed to the accident leading to your injury, you may still be able to receive compensation. At Stephens & Holman we will examine the facts of your cycling accident and fight to get you the best possible outcome. Contact one of our 14 office locations today for a free, no-obligation consultation. We serve Langley, Vancouver and all of British Columbia.