Riding a bicycle in the state of Indiana is more than hopping onto those two wheels and taking off. In fact, as a cyclist, you have laws that you must follow – some of which are the same as those imposed on motor vehicles. Depending on where you ride, your age, and what you are doing with your bike, you must take certain safety precautions. Therefore, every cyclist should know the bicycle laws of the state to avoid citations, but also to avoid being held liable for an accident. However, despite your best efforts to be safe and follow the laws, you cannot control the actions of motorists. If a negligent driver causes an accident while you are on your bike, consult with an attorney from Jacobs Law, LLC.
Essential Bike Laws in Indiana Every Rider Must Know
It doesn’t matter if you ride your bike to work, take it to school, or use it for recreation – there are laws that must be followed. Here are just a few of those laws to keep in mind.
When Riding on the Road, You Follow the Rules of the road
Did you know that when you are riding a bicycle on the road, you are required to follow all applicable traffic laws of placed on motor vehicle drivers? That means if you fail to comply with these rules, you could receive a traffic citation.
No Passengers on the Bike
A bicycle cannot carry more than the number of people it was designed to carry. Therefore, if your bike was designed with one seat, you cannot ride with a passenger on the handlebars.
You can carry items on the cargo hold of a bike, but you cannot carry packages or any items on your bike that require you to take both hands off the handlebars.
Bikes Must Have Audible Devices
Most cyclists are surprised to find out that they are required to have a bell or audible device attached to their bike. The sound must be heard for up to 100 feet, but it cannot be a whistle or siren.
Lamps and Reflectors are Required
If your bike is operated on a roadway or highway for a half hour after sunset or before sunrise, you must have a lamp affixed to the bike on the front that makes the road visible for up to 500 feet in front of you. Furthermore, the rear of your bicycle must be equipped with a reflector that is visible for up to 500 feet behind you.
You Owe a Duty of Care to Pedestrians
Motor vehicles have a duty of care to pedestrians and cyclists, and cyclists owe a duty of care to pedestrians and motorists. That means you are required to look out for pedestrians and drivers, exercise care and avoid collisions with them, and use audible signals (when necessary) to notify vehicles of your presence.
Injured in a Bike Accident? You Have Rights
Cycling can be dangerous, especially in densely populated areas of the state. If an inattentive motorist injured you or a loved one on your bike, the injuries could be catastrophic. Therefore, you need an advocate that has experience with bicycle injury claims so that you get the compensation you deserve. We offer free, no-obligation consultations that help you explore your options. So schedule your consultation with a lawyer from Jacobs Law, LLC today by calling 317-520-9283, or contact us online for more information.