Utah has taken a leading role in the United States for passing laws protecting the rights of bicyclists on our streets. Some unique cyclist laws include:
- A car driver is required to give bikes at least three feet of a safe buffer zone.
- Drivers are required by statute to recognize that bikes have a right to share the road.
- Drivers must respect the right of way that a cyclist may have on the road.
- Bikers have the full right to ride on the right hand edge of any road, and have the right to use the roadway as necessary to avoid hazards or where the lane is too narrow for both a vehicle and a bicyclist to travel side by side.
- It is legal for cyclists to ride two-abreast in designated bicycle lanes.
In a typical year in Utah, more than 20 bikers and pedestrians are killed, and dozens more seriously injured by negligent drivers who fail to recognize the legal rights of bikers on Utah streets. Unfortunately, many drivers fail to properly yield the right of way to bikers. Frequent accidents occur because drivers fail to provide the critical three-foot buffer between themselves and the bike.
If you are a bike rider injured in an accident with a car in Provo, Salt Lake City or anywhere in Utah, talk to an attorney at Flickinger Sutterfield & Boulton , in Provo. We are bikers. We understand the laws and the need to protect the rights of people who seek an alternative to car transportation.
Hit-and-Run Bicycle Accidents
Many car-bike accidents turn into hit-and-run cases when the motorist leaves the scene without providing insurance or contact information. Often, the biker may not think the injury is serious and does not press the driver for contact information. In other cases, the car driver blames the cyclist for the accident and leaves the scene. However, you may be able to make a claim against your own auto insurance company. Under Utah law, your premiums cannot increase for claims that are not your fault. We thoroughly investigate bike accident cases and can often find ways to help you recover insurance money in hit-and-run accidents.
Free Consultation · No Attorneys' Fees Unless You Recover Money Damages
We advise and represent clients in personal injury and wrongful death insurance claims cases in Orem, Provo, and communities throughout Utah. Wherever you are in the state, call us toll-free at (800) 898-4878 or contact us by e-mail to arrange a free consultation with an experienced Utah cyclist safety attorney. There are no attorneys' fees unless you recover compensation in a settlement or jury award.