Bicyclists get no respect — at least from most motorists. Every cyclist knows this and experienced bicyclists follow have their own riding guidelines that are defensive in the extreme, even though San Diego is blessed with lots of bike trails and bike lanes on the roadways. But even for the most experienced riders, those defensive instincts aren't always enough. And too often, bicyclists assume that they are secondary citizens on the road. That is not the case, even though too many drivers would like to think so. Here are some examples of bicycle collisions that riders often assume they're responsible for:
- A motor vehicle driver signaling and then turning directly in front of a bicyclist
- An automobile driver leaving a driveway. Pulling out into traffic in front of the bicyclist
- A motorist's failure to yield according to rules of the road, at an intersection
- A passing motorist who inadvertently forces the cyclist off the road
- An automobile driver who makes a legal stop at a stop sign and then strikes a cyclist when resuming travel
Bicycle accidents such as these do NOT involve responsibility on the part of the rider. You're not invisible and not without rights. If a driver doesn't see you or doesn't understand that bicyclists have right-of-way protection, that does not excuse hazardous operation of the vehicle. Bicycle riders are required to observe the traffic laws governing vehicular use; but drivers are also required to allow bicyclists the same rights motor driven vehicles enjoy.
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