Bicyclists Need to Be Aware of the California Bicycle Law

Did you know that more than 100 people are killed in bicycle accidents each year in California?  That number doesn’t even include the thousands who are injured annually.  If you are a bicyclist riding in Orange County, Los Angeles or other Southern California location, you need to familiarize yourself with the California bicycle law.

Bicyclists have the same rights as other motorists on the roads, but that also means that they have the same responsibilities.  A bicyclist must obey the same rules and regulations that are required of motorists.

According to the California Driver Handbook, bicyclists are entitled to share the road with other drivers.  Some of the rules that they must obey include the following:
 
  • Ride single file on a narrow or busy road
  • Conduct left and right turns the same way as other motorists, using the same turn lanes
  • Signal intentions to other drivers and bicyclists
  • Ride in the same direction as other traffic, not against it
  • Ride in a straight line as close to the right curb or edge as practical

The California bike law permits cyclists to use certain portions of the freeways, when there is no alternate route.  They are also allowed to use left turn lanes and can ride near the left curb or edge on a one-way street.

Just like motorists, bicyclists are not permitted to operate a bicycle while under the influence of alcohol, which is stated in the California Vehicle Code (VC).  If a bicyclist is found cycling while intoxicated, he or she can be fined up to $250.

If you or a loved one has been injured in a bicycle accident in Los Angeles, San Diego, Orange County, Newport Beach, Irvine or other area in Southern California, you should contact the experienced Orange County and Los Angeles injury lawyers at Steinberg.  A knowledgeable bicycle accident attorney from our office will be able to explain your legal rights and ability to obtain compensation.  Contact us today at (800) 989-6385 for a free case evaluation.