Gillette Bicycle Accident Lawyers
Riding a bicycle should not feel like taking your life into your hands. It should get you out into nature and let you feel the wind against your face. But all too often, drivers ruin the experience by not obeying basic traffic laws designed to keep you and fellow bicyclists safe, or by not paying attention to the road.
If you or a loved one has been struck by a vehicle while riding your bicycle, you may deserve compensation for your injuries from the at-fault driver. Call the Gillette car accident attorneys at Steven Titus & Associates, P.C., today at (307) 257-7800 and let us investigate for you.
In general, cyclists in Wyoming have to follow the same traffic laws as drivers of other vehicles, but there are some specific rules for people on bicycles. Rules can change in different counties and cities, so you should check with your local police department or city hall for more information. In general, bicycle laws in Wyoming include:
- Bicycles on a roadway must remain as close to the right side of the road as possible.
- Bicycles are allowed on sidewalks under state law, but local laws can prohibit this, and you must yield to pedestrians.
- Bicycles are defined as vehicles, and they cannot be operated under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
- Bicycles must yield to pedestrians when appropriate, such as at crosswalks or when approaching a driveway.
In addition to laws for bicyclists, there are also Wyoming regulations that drivers must follow to keep cyclists safe. These include:
- Drivers must maintain a distance of at least 3 feet when passing a bicycle going in the same direction.
- Drivers must check for cyclists and pedestrians before opening a door when parked along a roadway, and cannot leave doors open for extended periods of time.
- Drivers have to recognize bicycles as vehicles and share the road with them.
Since Wyoming is a modified comparative fault state, anything you do to contribute to an accident can decrease the amount of money you get awarded in a lawsuit. That is why it is important to practice safe habits whenever you are riding a bike.
Safe bicycle practices include:
- Wear a helmet when riding a bicycle, even when not required by law. Wearing a helmet can greatly reduce your chances of suffering brain damage in an accident.
- Check the pressure in your tires, check your brakes, and make sure the chain is not loose or otherwise faulty.
- Obey traffic laws in general, especially laws for cyclists.
- Make sure you are visible when riding your bike in the evening, early morning, or at night. Add reflectors to your bike and consider wearing a light so you’re un-missable.
- Maintain control of your bike at all times by keeping both hands on the handlebars and feet on the pedals. If you need to react to an emergency or sudden danger, you don’t want to be scrambling to grab the handlebars.
Still, even if you weren’t being the "safest bicyclist ever," that doesn’t mean drivers get to hit you. If you were less than 50% at fault for the accident, there’s a good chance of getting the money you deserve, but you have to file the claim and ask for it.
If you were struck by a motorist while on your bicycle, we can investigate your accident and figure out if you deserve big compensation for your injuries and the damage to your bike. We are available 24/7 to our clients, so you’ll have our support throughout your case. Call Steven Titus & Associates, P.C., at (307) 257-7800 today to get started with a free case strategy session.
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