Bicycle Traffic Laws in Oregon
Bicycle rides can be enjoyable, but they can also be dangerous, especially when riding around cars. It is imperative that bicyclists are aware of how to drive near cars and that drivers of automobiles remain undistracted and aware of their surroundings so they can spot a cyclist on the road. Together, bicyclists and drivers can be proactive in their actions so that everyone stays safe.
If a crash between a car and a bicyclist does happen, it often means serious, catastrophic injuries for the cyclist. Riding a bicycle, there is very little protection for one’s body. Wearing a helmet is imperative as the primary safety gear that can protect the head. Still, the rest of a rider’s body is relatively vulnerable to serious injuries if a crash happens.
Safe Bicycle Riding in Oregon
Bikers have rights and the ability to take legal action when a negligent driver injures them. If you were hit by a car while riding your bicycle in Oregon, having a lawyer that understands bicycle law and your rights is critical.
The Portland bicycle accident injury attorneys at the Rosenbaum Law Group can help you with your injury claim after a bicycle accident.
In Oregon, when riding on a road, bicycles are expected to follow the rules of the road, just like cars are, and they are expected to drive/ride in the same manner. Some Oregon bicycle riding laws include:
- A bicyclist must ride as close to the right side of the road as safely as possible unless they are passing another cyclist, making a left turn, or cycling around an obstacle.
- Bicyclists that are riding on one-way roads may ride as close to the left side of the road as they can.
- Individuals in cars are not allowed to open their car doors (for example, when parked next to a bike lane) unless they make sure that the area is clear and safe to do so.
- When bike lanes are present, bicyclists must ride in these designated areas.
- Vehicles that want to pass a bicycle that are traveling at 35 mph or more must make sure to provide substantial room for the bicyclist so they do not hit them.
- Bicyclists must use hand signals when turning and stopping—defensive riding is the best riding.
Speak to an Oregon Bicycle Injury Attorney Today
Just as a negligent motorist is liable to another motorist when they cause a crash, the same is true of a driver who hits and hurts a cyclist. Because cyclists are particularly vulnerable, defensive riding is always encouraged. But, when a rider is hurt, they should always consult with a trusted lawyer about their options.
Call an Oregon personal injury attorney at the Rosenbaum Law Group today at (503) 288-8000 to schedule a free consultation so you can have your case reviewed.