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Recently, the Indy Star came out with a six-question quiz on Indiana’s cycling laws. Regardless of whether or not you regularly ride a bike, it’s important to familiarize yourself with the laws related to cycling, as they affect everyone on the road.
The quiz also inadvertently highlights how existing laws don’t always fully protect cyclists. For example, the sixth question asks, “When passing a bicycle, how close are motorists allowed to get?” The answer is that it really depends on the jurisdiction in Indiana. In general, safety advocates say that there should be a minimum distance of three feet horizontally between the motor vehicle and the bike. Some cities, including Indianapolis, have made the three feet of space mandatory, but other places have no minimum requirement.
And yet, when a motor vehicle clips a bike, the consequences can be deadly for the cyclist. One recent example came from Hamilton County, where a 20-year-old cyclist died in a hit-and-run accident. Investigators think that a passing motor vehicle clipped the left handlebar of his bike as it passed him on the road; he then lost control of his bike and wound up crashing.
Another relevant point to make here is that the cyclist in the hit-and-run accident wasn’t wearing a helmet, which would have significantly reduced his chances of sustaining fatal head injuries. In Indiana, there’s no requirement for cyclists to wear bike helmets. Technically, he wasn’t violating any law, but he also wasn’t taking all the necessary step to prevent himself being hurt in a bicycle accident.
Behaviors permitted by the law and behaviors that are safest for cyclists aren’t always in alignment. Whether you’re a cyclist or a motor vehicle driver, you have to remain cautious and use your best judgment. In the aftermath of an accident, it’s also advisable to contact experienced Indianapolis injury lawyers. Regardless of the circumstances surrounding the crash, and whether or not any laws were violated, we will help you fight for the compensation to heal and cope with the effects of the accident.
If you’ve been hurt in a bicycle accident, you may be entitled to compensation for your injuries. Call Ken Nunn today and see if you have a case.