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Bicycles are enjoyable to ride and are great exercise. Many bicyclists enjoy riding on the public roadways. Many bike lanes are now being built on the roadways due to the tremendous popularity of bike riding. If you want to ride on either a highway, bicycle lane or upon a bicycle path set aside for the exclusive use of bicycles, then you should be familiar with the laws in Georgia that apply. In the unfortunate circumstance that you are involved in a bike accident, contact a bicycle accident lawyer from the Young Law Firm immediately.
Any persons riding a bicycle may ride it upon a paved shoulder, but are not required to do so. Bicyclists may signal a right turn and a left turn using hand and arm movements. A left arm with the arm bent upward or a right arm extended horizontally signals a right turn. A left arm extended horizontally signals a left turn.
No person riding upon a bicycle is allowed to attach the bicycle or themselves to any vehicle upon a roadway. Bicycle riders are to ride as near to the right side of the roadway except when:
(1) Turning left; (2) Avoiding hazards to safe cycling which include, but are not limited to, surface debris, rough pavement, drain grates, parked or stopped vehicles, and potentially opening car doors; (3) The lane is too narrow to share safely with a motor vehicle; (4) Traveling at the same speed as traffic; (5) Exercising due care when passing a standing vehicle or one proceeding in the same direction or (6) There is a right turn only lane and the person operating the bicycle is not turning right, but it is further provided that the person operating the vehicle away from the right side of the roadway shall exercise reasonable care and shall give due consideration to the other applicable rules of the road. Persons riding bicycles upon a roadway shall not ride more than two abreast unless on bicycle paths, bicycle lanes, parts of roadways set aside for the exclusive use of bicycles, or when there is a special event permit issued by a local governing authority which permits the riding or more than two bicycles abreast.
Whenever a usable bicycle path has been provided which is adjacent to a roadway and is designated for the exclusive use of bicycle riders, then the governing authority may require that the bicycle riders use the bicycle path only and not use the roadway. Any person operating a bicycle in a bicycle lane shall ride in the same direction as traffic on the roadway.
No one operating a bicycle is allowed to carry a package, bundle, or other article which prevents him or her from keeping at least one hand on the handlebars. All bicycles when operated at night shall be equipped with a light on the front which emits a white light which is visible from a distance of 300 feet to the front and a light on the back which emits a red light which is visible from a distance of 300 feet to the rear. Anyone under the age of sixteen is required to wear a helmet if the bike is being ridden on a highway, bicycle path, bicycle lane or sidewalk under the jurisdiction and control of Georgia or a local political subdivision. A bicycle helmet must meet or exceed the impact standards for bicycle helmets set by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) or the Snell Memorial Foundation.
Anyone riding a bicycle must ride upon or astride a permanent and regular seat attached to the bicycle and shall not allow anyone to ride upon the handlebars. No bicycle is to be used to carry more passengers than the bike is designed to carry. No person is allowed to transport a child under the age of one year as a passenger on a bicycle on a highway, roadway, bicycle path, bicycle lane, or sidewalk; however, a child under the age of one may be transported on a bicycle trailer or carried in an infant sling according to the bicycle trailer’s or infant sling’s manufacturer’s instructions, and the bicycle trailer must be properly attached to the bicycle according to the manufacturer’s instructions or the infant sling must be properly worn by the rider of the bicycle according to the infant sling’s manufacturer’s instructions. No child between the ages of one year and four years shall ride as a passenger on a bicycle or bicycle trailer or be carried in an infant sling unless the child is securely seated in a child passenger bicycle seat, bicycle trailer, or infant sling according to the manufacturer’s instructions and the device is properly attached to the bicycle according to the manufacturer’s instructions or the infant sling is worn according to the manufacturer’s instructions. While this is the law, it is also specifically stated in the law, that failure to comply with the law regarding the child and infant regulations is not considered to be negligence per se nor contributory negligence or liability. No person who is under the age of sixteen years is to be fined or imprisoned for violating the provisions relating to the carrying of children between the ages of birth to four years.
These laws are for the safety of bike riders. However, accidents do happen between motor vehicles and bicycles. These are becoming more frequent due to the increased riding of bicycles on the roadways, especially in congested traffic areas. If you have been injured in an accident involving a bicycle, contact an experienced Marietta personal injury attorney as soon as possible.
For solid representation from one of the best Cobb County personal injury attorneys who has experience with bicycle accidents, call our law firm at 770-795-9596 or contact us online to set up your 30-minute initial consultation. For our clients' convenience we accept all major credit cards.
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