In terms of legality, in California, a bicycle is considered to be a “vehicle” and therefore, just like cars and everyday motorists, cyclists must follow the rules of the road. When it comes to car vs. bicycle collisions occurring at busy or not so busy intersections, liability (who is at fault) usually gets nailed down to who had the right-of-way — the car or the bike? Generally, when two vehicles approach an intersection not controlled by a traffic signal light, the vehicle arriving first has the right of way. However, if the vehicles arrive at the same time, the vehicle to the right has the right-of-way. This is also the rule for vehicles approaching intersections controlled by stop signs — the vehicle to the right has the right of way. If, however, the intersection consists of a minor street intersecting with a major street, then the traffic on the major street has the right-of-way. Most people do not know this rule, but you should not only has a California motorist, but as a California bicyclist. Also, you should look out more in situations where this occurs, because, as stated, most California motorist do not know the rule!
Mark C. Blane is a San Diego Bicycle Accident Attorney, and the managing lawyer of the Law Offices of Mark C. Blane, a San Diego, California Pedestrian Injury Law Firm devoted to representing families of injured persons of automobile accidents. If you or someone you love, has been injured or killed in San Diego County, or Southern California, due to the negligence of another, please order your FREE copy of Mr. Blane's book, The 10 Secrets You Need To Know About Your Injury Case, BEFORE You Call A Lawyer. It is full of helpful information, insights, and secrets that will help you protect your legal rights. It normally sells for $16.95; however, it is free to all California residents, or those injured in a California accident.