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Monday, January 16, 2017

Avoiding Bicycle Injuries in Georgia

The New Year of 2017 has just begun, and with it many New Year’s resolutions of getting fit and healthy. The beginning months of 2017 will bring an increase in the number of cyclists on the roads. Therefore, it is important to be vigilant and to understand the laws in place in order to keep everyone safe.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), each year about two percent of motor vehicle crash deaths were bicyclists. These deaths occurred most often in the hours between 6 p.m. and 9 p.m. The majority of these crashes, however, can be avoided if motorists and cyclists follow the laws of the road and look out for one another.

In order to follow the laws of the road, you must first know the laws of the road.

  • By law, bicycles are considered a vehicle. This means that the general vehicular traffic laws apply to the operation of bicycles on the roadways.
  • It is illegal to operate a bicycle under the influence. Approximately one in five cyclists killed in accidents with motor vehicles had a blood alcohol concentration of .08 grams per deciliter (g/dL) or higher, which is the illegal alcohol level of all States.
  • All persons under the age of 16 are required to wear a helmet when a passenger or while operating a bicycle on a highway, bicycle path, bicycle lane, or sidewalk.
  • Every bicycle when in use at nighttime are required by law to be equipped with a white light visible from a distance of 300 feet on the front and a red light visible from a distance of 300 feet on the rear.
  • Every person operating a bicycle on the roadway shall ride as near to the right side of the road as possible with the exception of: turning left, avoiding hazards, the lane is too narrow, travelling at the same speed as traffic, passing a standing vehicle, or there is a right turn lane and the cyclist is not turning right.

This is not a complete list of the bicycle laws of Georgia. For more information go to www.gahighwaysafety.org. If you or a loved one has been injured in an accident, we’re here to help. Contact us today at 770-389-4864 for a free consultation.

 

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