Denver’s Bicycle Laws are in Place to Protect Cyclists from AccidentsFAQ | 03.20.14
The amount of bicycle accidents occurring on a regular basis in the Denver Metropolitan area is startling. With the many distractions that drivers are faced with, it can be difficult to recognize when a bicyclist is sharing the road. Bicyclists are faced with numerous dangers while sharing lanes with motorists and when something goes wrong it can quickly turn catastrophic.
If you or anyone you know is a bicyclist in the Denver area, it is important for you to know your rights on the roads, as well as the laws that are set in place. Knowing your rights and responsibilities is the first step to ensuring your safety. If you are injured in an accident, knowing your rights will help you retain the compensation you need to cover medical expenses, lost wages or rehabilitation.
The Colorado State Legislature established The Bicycle Safety Act in 2009, which gives cyclists and drivers a distinct understanding of the responsibilities they share on the road. However, these laws are still unclear in certain situations.
One example is that cyclists think they have to be as far to the right as possible at all times, even if that means they are riding in the gutter. This is absolutely not true. The law states that bicyclists must ride as far to the right as possible when being overtaken by a vehicle, however the bicyclists do not need to ride in the gutter and shouldn’t be expected to ride through hazards.
Not all drivers in the Denver area are aware of the rights that bicyclists have to share the roadways with them. Often times because of these misconceptions, motorists and cyclists experience tension between them, which can lead to dangerous situations. If motor vehicle drivers and bicyclists both educate themselves on the laws Denver has set in place, devastating bicycle accidents could be avoided.
More Bicyclist Rights and Responsibilities:
- You have a right to the road, the same as any other vehicle.
- You have a responsibility to yield to pedestrians and emergency vehicles.
- You have a right to ride in the middle of a lane if you can maintain the same speed as other vehicles or if the right hand of the road is in poor condition or littered with debris.
- You have a responsibility to use signals to communicate with other drivers.
When another driver's negligence causes your bicycle accident, you need an experienced accident attorney on your side. Sadly, the majority of bicycling accident are not even reported to the police, even when the cyclist is injured badly enough to be taken to a hospital.
Contact Boulder Bicycle Accident Attorneys
If you or someone you love is injured in a bicycle accident in Boulder or anywhere in the State of Colorado, you need an experienced Boulder bicycle accident lawyer on your side. The injury attorneys at Goff & Goff are available 24/7 to review your case. Call us today at 303-415-9688 for a free initial consultation.