Laws to Abide by When Bicycling Through Naperville
Naperville is home to a bumbling and affluent population and its streets are often occupied by numerous pedestrians traveling from shop to shop— especially in Naperville’s downtown area. Due to the presence of so many people on city sidewalks, bicyclists are prohibited from using public sidewalks and must share the roads with motorists instead. Many of the rules bicyclists must follow are similar to the rules of the road that every driver must abide by.
If you are biking through Naperville, it is important to stay as far to the right side of the street as is safe and to treat all traffic control devices as you would if you were traveling via automobile. Whenever you plan to make a turn, you must signal to motorists so that they are aware of your intentions and can act accordingly. It is also important not to carry others on the back of your bicycle as this can place the passengers at risk and make it more difficult for you to safely operate the bicycle or maintain control.
When riding after dusk, your bicycle must be visible to traffic. This is accomplished through the use of a bike light on the front and red reflectors on the back. Other ways to increase your visibility include wearing bright or reflective clothing or installing devices that emit light on the wheels or back of the bike. Finally, while it is not against the law to ride without a helmet, the use of helmets is linked to more favorable prognoses following bicycle accident injuries.
Drivers Have Responsibilities to Bicyclists
It is just as important for motorists to respect the rights of bicyclists who they must share the roads with, and many bicycle accidents are the result of driver recklessness or negligence. Failure to yield the right of way while turning, not looking for bicyclists when entering a thoroughfare or driving too close to bicyclists when passing are some common causes of accidents. Dooring accidents, which happen when a driver opens his or her door into an oncoming bicyclist, are also common. The injuries the result include the following.
- Injuries to the neck, back or spine.
- Traumatic brain injuries, which may remain asymptomatic for weeks following the injury.
- Deep cuts or puncture wounds.
- Broken bones.
- Infection of wounds due to the introduction of debris and contaminations to open wounds.
If you have been involved in a Naperville bicycle accident, it is important to seek medical attention immediately, even if you feel fine. Some injuries can take time to manifest and it is important to detect conditions such as traumatic brain injuries early before they become more severe. To the best of your ability, collect whatever evidence you can from the scene of your accident as well so that a Naperville bicycle accident lawyer is able to accurate reconstruct the accident and build your case.
Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers have successfully represented hundreds of bicyclists who have been injured by motorists who did not respect their rights to occupy the road. Contact us today to learn more about how our team of experts can maximize the value of your recovery so that you can afford the best treatment available throughout your recovery. If we cannot collect compensation on your behalf, our services will be free.