Bicyclists who have been injured as a result of being hit by a car must prove the driver was to blame in order to recover compensation. However, it’s possible that after fully investigating the accident, both sides will agree that the bicyclist was partly to blame as well. This often occurs when it is discovered that a bicyclist was violating a bicycling law at the time of the accident. Here are some of the Colorado bicycling laws that could impact your personal injury case:
Limit on the Number of People Per Bike
The law states that a bicycle should never carry more people than it is designed to hold. This means if the bicycle has one seat, there should only be one person riding the bicycle. If you get in an accident with another person on your bike, it’s possible the other driver could argue you could not control the bike because it was carrying too much weight.
Ride in the Right Lane
Bicyclists are also required to stay in the right lane when traveling on the road. But, there are a few exceptions to this rule. Bicyclists are allowed to move into other lanes when they are preparing to turn left at an intersection or into their driveway. They can also switch lanes when there is a potentially hazardous condition in the right lane, such as debris or potholes. Bicyclists who fail to comply with this law could be partly to blame if a car hits them.
Using Turn Signals
Bicycles are not designed with turn signals, so bicyclists must use their hands to let other drivers know that they plan on turning. The law requires bicyclists to start using these hand signals at least one hundred feet prior to the turn. Bicyclists should also use these signals while they are stopped and waiting for a break in the traffic so they can turn. The only time bicyclists are not required to use their hand signals is when they need to keep both hands on their handlebars to maintain control of the bike.
In Colorado, the law also requires bicyclists to have certain equipment that makes it easier for motorists to see them on the road. For example, the law states that all bicycles should have a red reflector that is visible to motorists who are within 600 feet. Bicyclists who do not have this type of equipment could be held partially liable if they are hit because they are not visible.
If you have been injured in a bicycle accident, contact Reisch Law Firm at once. Our personal injury attorneys will aggressively fight to prove the other party is to blame for your injuries. Schedule a free consultation today by calling 303-291-0555 or filling out this online form.