Both drivers and cyclists are held liable for collisions in Indiana. Cyclists often feel they have fewer responsibilities than drivers when they follow the same road and traffic laws. They can be sued, found negligent and required to pay damages for a motor vehicle accident.
Cyclist rules and regulations
In most states, bicyclists are required to follow the same rules of the road as cars and trucks. They must use separate lanes, stop at traffic lights and signs and look both ways before crossing intersections. Like drivers, cyclists can be tried for negligence in a court of law. A judge or jury can determine if a cyclist is held liable for an accident and to which extent he or she has to pay damages.
Types of cyclist negligence
Cyclists show negligence by violating any rule that drivers are supposed to follow. Thousands of bicycle accidents involve collisions with other vehicles on the road. In some cases, the driver is responsible for not checking the blind spot where the bicyclist was. In other cases, the bicyclist is responsible for riding too close to the side or rear of the vehicle. Another sign of negligence is riding in and out of lanes too quickly and without warning.
Drivers are required to share the road with cyclists, but cyclists are also responsible for following the rules of the road. Bicyclists do not have special privileges that allow them to ignore traffic signs, slow down traffic, or cut off other vehicles. The courts can find a bicyclist guilty of negligence for an accident that involves a driver, pedestrian or another bicyclist.