LaFollette Bicycle Accident Lawyer
LaFollette is a beautiful place to get around on by bike. Unfortunately, the sad truth is that hundreds of bicyclists are killed every year by motorists. A car can be a deadly weapon, even if the person driving it does not see it that way. The law in Tennessee is very clear about the rules of the road for both bicyclists and motorists. Too many drivers ignore these laws and when they do, innocent people become hurt. If you have been injured while on your bike, you can file a claim for compensation. Our LaFollette bicycle accident lawyer can help ensure you receive the full settlement you are entitled to.
The Laws for Bicyclists in LaFollette
In LaFollette, bicycles are classified as vehicles. As such, cyclists have many of the same rights and responsibilities as drivers on the road. Regardless of what motorists think, cyclists have a right to ride their bicycle on the road, with the only exception being on highways. Motorists are expected to treat bicyclists with respect when sharing the roadway with them.
Drivers must give cyclists the appropriate amount of space they need, and yield the right-of-way to them when applicable. It is illegal for a motorist to drive within three feet of a bicycle because of the danger this poses. Bicyclists, on the other hand, must remain on the far right side of the road, unless they are turning left or trying to avoid debris at the curb.
Cyclists must know the appropriate hand signals to use when making turns, and they must use them. Bicyclists are allowed to ride two abreast of one another, but they must ensure they do not interfere with traffic. Cyclists are also not allowed to lane split, nor can they ride next alongside a vehicle in the same lane. Cyclists are allowed to ride on the sidewalks in LaFollette, with the exception of business districts.
Motorists Must Respect Cyclists on the Road
Regardless of where a bicyclist is riding, drivers have a legal obligation to exercise due care when around a bike. Drivers owe cyclists this duty even when they are not driving, such as when they are opening their car doors. When a motorist opens their car door into the path of a cyclist and the person on bike crashes into it, they are likely going to be thrown from their bike. This poses a significant risk of traumatic injuries to the chest, face, and head for the cyclist.
Our Bicycle Accident Lawyer in LaFollette Can Help After Injury
If a motorist has acted negligently, or carelessly, while you were on your bike and you were hurt as a result, our LaFollette bicycle accident lawyer can help you claim the full settlement you deserve. At Fox, Farley, Willis & Burnette, we know that drivers do not always respect cyclists on the road and that people become seriously injured as a result. We also know how to claim the compensation you are entitled to. Call us today at 866-862-4855 or contact us online to schedule a free consultation.