Bicyclists are NOT allowed to ride AGAINST traffic in California. Under California law, bicycles are considered “ motor vehicles” and must obey all California traffic laws. Bicyclists who ride against traffic are breaking the law because is is consider unsafe for a variety of reasons. Riding a bicycle against traffic is dangerous and accounts for a large portion of bike accidents. As our California bicycle accident lawyer explains.
Car drivers in general do not anticipate nor expect to see bikes coming the wrong way (against traffic), which leaves those cyclists susceptible to collisions as a result. Moreover, when a cyclist rides against traffic, there is often little time to maneuver away from an imminent collision. To this end, wrong-way cyclists pose a risk to the cyclists riding with traffic. Thus, the chances of a bicycle vs. bicycle accident increases. Avoiding bicycle accidents caused by wrong-way cycling is simple: do not ride a bicycle against traffic. This simple rule dramatically decreases the chances of an injury accident collision!
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.