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Tips for Avoiding Bicycle Accidents in Tennessee

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Campbell County bicycle accident lawyer

There are many paths for bicyclists to explore without venturing on to public roadways. However, cyclists are not forbidden from traveling on public streets in Tennessee. If a bicyclist chooses to ride on the road, their bike is considered a vehicle, the same as a car. Therefore, bicyclists have the same rights and responsibilities to follow traffic laws, and if they are involved in a collision that was the fault of another driver, they can take steps to pursue compensation for their personal injuries.

Bicycle Safety

Tennessee law states that whoever is at fault for causing a collision on the road is responsible for paying compensation to the other party or parties. In many cases, a driver who strikes a bicyclist is at fault, either because they did not respect a bicyclist's right to share the road or because they acted negligently.

Bicyclists can help avoid collisions by following the rules of the road and taking the proper safety precautions, including:

  • Ride as far to the right side of the road as possible.

  • Ride in the same direction as traffic.

  • Obey all traffic lights and signs.

  • Ride single-file unless one bike is overtaking a slower rider.

  • Only pass other bicyclists when it is safe to do so.

  • Use hand signals when turning.

  • Equip a bicycle with a front-facing light that can be visible from 500 feet away.

Tennessee’s Child Bicycle Safety Act requires minors under the age of 16 to wear a helmet while riding, regardless of whether they are in the street, on the sidewalk, or on the highway. In addition, motorists are required to give bicyclists enough room when passing so as to lessen the likelihood of an accident. If a car does strike a bicyclist, the motorist must immediately stop to check on the status of the bicyclist, exchange information, and call the police in order to make a report.

Common Bicycle Injuries

While it is legal for bicyclists to ride along a busy street, this is more dangerous than leisurely riding down a prairie path. Should an accident occur, a bicyclist can be seriously injured or even killed if they are not wearing a proper helmet. Common injuries after being hit by car include:

  • Broken bones

  • Skull fractures

  • Cuts and open wounds

  • Neck and back injuries

  • Permanent brain damage

  • Road rash

Healing from injuries can be a long and expensive process after a collision. This is why it is important for bicyclists to report accidents when they happen and get in touch with a knowledgeable attorney so that the driver responsible can be held accountable for his or her negligent actions.

Contact a Jacksboro, TN Bicycle Accident Lawyer

Going through the legal process of seeking damages after being injured in a bicycle collision can be a confusing process if you do not have help. The lawyers from the Law Offices of William F. Evans will advocate on your behalf so you can receive the compensation you deserve for your medical bills or lost wages. To schedule a free consultation with our Campbell County personal injury lawyers, call our office today at 423-449-7980.

 

Source:

https://www.tn.gov/tdot/multimodal-transportation-resources/bicycle-and-pedestrian-program/tennesse-bicycle-laws.html

 

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