How Does the California Vehicle Code Apply to Bicycle Riders?

How Does the California Vehicle Code Apply to Bicycle Riders?

The California Vehicle Code doesn’t only include laws for drivers; it includes laws for bike riders, as well. In fact, Cal. Veh. Code § 21200 requires that all adult bicyclists follow the same laws as drivers do. This means that bicycle riders must:

·         Obey stop signs and stoplights

·         Ride in the same direction as traffic

·         Ride on the right side of the road, in the bike lane or as close to the curb as possible, unless you are moving as fast as traffic

·         Stop at crosswalks and yield to pedestrians

Bicyclists also should be aware that some of the rules in the California Vehicle Code are specifically for bicycle riders. For example, the Code requires that if you are riding at night, your bike must have a white light on the front of your bike that is visible from a distance of 300 feet. Your bike also must have a red reflector or light on the back of your bike that is visible from 500 feet., a white or yellow reflector on each pedal, shoe, or ankle, visible 200 feet from the front and rear of the bike, and additional reflectors on the sides of the center front and rear of your bike, unless it has reflectorized tires.

The California Vehicle Code also establishes other safety rules for bicyclists on California roadways. Bike riders under the age of 18 must wear helmets; although adult riders are not required to wear helmets, you should strongly consider doing so, as it may allow you to escape serious head injuries in a bicycle accident. Under § 27400, bicyclists also may not wear earplugs in both ears or a earphones that covers both ears. It is illegal to operate a bicycle when under the influence of drugs or alcohol, and for bike riders between the ages of 13 and 21, violating this law can result in the suspension or delay of driving privileges for one year, once these individuals become eligible to drive motor vehicles.

When you have suffered injuries while riding a bicycle due to another’s negligence, you will greatly benefit from calling us today and getting the advice that you need. Bonnici Law Group has the experience and knowledge that is invaluable when making a claim for compensation following a bicycle accident. When you need answers, contact Bonnici Law Group today at 619-259-5199. As we focus our efforts on bike-related personal injury cases and long-term disability claims, we know how to protect your rights and build a strong claim for compensation in your case.

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