Many serious injuries occur when the driver of a motor vehicle strikes a bicyclist on the roadway. Motor vehicles must allow 4 feet of distance from a bike and travel at a careful and prudent speed when passing. Such vehicles are permitted to pass a bike in a no-passing zone to avoid excessive delay, however they must pass using due care and while still giving 4 feet of clearance.
Pennsylvania law states that bikes may be operated on the shoulder of the road in the same direction as the flow of traffic; or may be ridden in the right lane of a two lane road, in the furthest right lane of a multi-lane road, or on the right side of the road if there is no center line. Often, however, the drivers of motor vehicles fail to see or keep a safe distance from bicycles, or fail to realize they must keep the required clearance even when passing a bike.
“Dooring” is another common problem for bicyclists, and occurs when the driver or occupant of a motor vehicle suddenly opens the door into the bicyclist or the bicyclist’s path of travel. The law states that no one shall open a motor vehicle’s door unless it is reasonably safe to do so and can be done without interfering with traffic flow. Cyclists may be injured or killed when a door is opened in their line of travel.
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Collisions between a motor vehicle and bicycle often cause severe and devastating injuries to the bicyclist. Contact our local bicycle accident attorneys at (610) 490-8877 if you or a loved one has been injured in a bicycling accident. We are here to help.