Bicycle Laws in Denver, Colorado
To cut down on the number of bicycle accidents occurring across the state, the Colorado Legislature passed a series of laws explaining the rights and duties of cyclists. Unfortunately, accidents still can and do occur. They can have devastating consequences for cyclists. Remember, as a cyclist, you do not have the protection of a seat belt or an air bag. An experienced bicycle accident attorney who is familiar with bicycle laws in Colorado can help in the event of an accident.
Generally, bicyclists have the same rights and duties as other motorists. However, Colorado law does require cyclists to install certain equipment on their bicycles. For instance, all bicycles must have brakes that enable a rider, traveling at ten miles per hour, to stop within 25 feet of engaging the brakes. The law also requires cyclists to equip their bicycles with a rear red reflector and reflectors on both sides of the bicycle. Drivers should be able to see the reflectors for 600 feet. Cyclists must also have a white headlight that drivers can see for at least 500 feet from the front of the bicycle. Riders must use these lights when bicycling between sundown and sunrise. They must also use them during inclement weather when visibility is poor.
Right Hand Lane
Bicyclists have the right to ride in the right-hand lane of a roadway. However, if overtaken by another vehicle, the law requires cyclists to ride as close to the right-hand side of the road as possible. If a paved shoulder is available, cyclists should utilize it. Bicyclists are not required to ride in the right-hand lane when they are preparing to take a left turn at an intersection or into a driveway or private road. They are also allowed to use alternate lanes to avoid a hazardous condition. A parked vehicle or a pedestrian is a good example of this.
Making a Left Turn
When making a left turn, cyclists must approach the turn as closely as practicable to the right edge of the road. After going through the intersection, the cyclist must stop as far to the right as possible in order to yield to any traffic proceeding in either direction. Cyclists are also required to signal when they intend to turn or stop. The signal must be continuous for at least 100 feet before turning and while waiting to turn if stopped at a light. Bicyclists must also yield the right of way to pedestrians when riding on a sidewalk or pathway.
Call Today to Speak With an Experienced Colorado Bicycle Accident Lawyer
Laws afford cyclists the same rights and responsibilities as motorists. But negligent or reckless drivers often violate these rights. Fortunately, injured cyclists can collect compensation for their injuries from the at-fault parties. So if a driver hit you while you were riding your bike, we can help. Please contact the Law Office of Steve Roberts, LLC at (720) 515-7058. Our experienced personal injury attorneys are ready to talk about your case and we provide free consultations.