Are bicyclists required to obey general traffic laws?

According to Chapter 11 of the Illinois Vehicle Code, bicyclists and pedestrians on the roads must abide by specific traffic laws. Failure to abide by these safety laws can result in a vehicle-pedestrian accident, and the results can be tragic or even fatal. Being involved in a pedestrian accident in Chicago or the Suburbs may entitle you to thousands of dollars for your injuries, lost wages, medical bills and long-term care. At the Law Office of Attorney Dan Newlin Chicago, we have proudly recovered over 150 Million Dollars for injury and accident victims and we will fight for you!!!

We are a local law firm, serving all of Northern Illinois with our law offices located in downtown Chicago. No matter where you live in Illinois, Chicago or the Suburbs we are here for you 24 hours a day 7 days week, Attorney Dan Newlin or one of his experienced bicycle accident attorneys will be honored to meet you in person to advise you of all of your legal rights and will be honored to personally help you during this difficult time. Attorney Dan Newlin and his experienced team of Chicago bicycle accident attorneys have proudly recovered over 150 Million Dollars for injury and accident victims. If you have questions about your bicycle accident call Attorney Dan Newlin now for a free consultation at 312-888-8000.

The Illinois Vehicle Code states that a bicyclist must obey all traffic devices specifically applicable to bicyclists unless a police officer says otherwise. Bike riders also need to obey traffic signals at any intersection and pedestrians should utilize sidewalks when provided. If there is no sidewalk, a pedestrian walking along or on a roadway should walk on the left-side shoulder in relation to their travel direction, facing opposing traffic.

Bicyclists cannot stand in the paved area of a road designated for cars to solicit a ride, for employment or business and they cannot stand on or in a road or street to solicit or guard any parked automobile. At any intersection with a traffic control signal, drivers must stop before they ride through the crosswalk and they must let bicyclists go if the signal indicates right of way. If there is a sign indicating to stop at a crosswalk, an automobile has to stay stopped to let a bike rider cross the roadway. No matter where you live in Illinois, Chicago or the Suburbs we are here for you 24 hours a day 7 days week, Attorney Dan Newlin or one of his experienced bicycle accident attorneys will be honored to meet you in person to advise you of all of your legal rights and will be honored to personally help you during this difficult time. If you have questions about your bicycle accident call Attorney Dan Newlin now for a free consultation at 312-888-8000.

In the absence of a traffic signal or sign, drivers must yield right of way, reducing their speed or stopping for a bicycle in a crosswalk. But if the bike rider is attempting to cross a road where there is a bicyclist tunnel or overhead bike crossing, they must yield to cars on the road. Pedestrians cannot abruptly walk off a curb and into the path of a moving car making it impossible for a driver to yield to them. And if a car is stopped at a crosswalk or intersection to let a bike rider cross the street, a vehicle approaching from behind cannot pass the stopped car.

If a bike rider is crossing anywhere on the street beyond the crosswalk or at a site that has an unmarked crosswalk, the cyclist needs to yield to automobiles. When it comes to riding between adjacent intersections where there are traffic signals, bike riders are not permitted to cross anywhere but in the crosswalk. No bike rider can cross a road except for a route at right angles to a curb or by the shortest route to the opposite curb. Some of this may sound confusing, so that is why it is crucial to have a dedicated lawyer on your side if you happen to be involved in a pedestrian accident and are wondering what your rights are. If you have questions about your bicycle accident call Attorney Dan Newlin now for a free consultation at 312-888-8000.

In addition to these rules, bike riders are required to move to the right half of crosswalks when possible. And cyclists cannot cross diagonally at an intersection unless official traffic control devices say so. All automobile drivers need to be careful and mindful of a possible collision with a bike rider. Drivers also need to adequately warn and be cautious when seeing children or apparent incapacitated persons.

When it comes to bridges, bicyclists are not allowed to enter or stay on a bridge past a gate or barrier once a bridge operating signal indicator is given. And no bike riders can pass through, around or under the gate or barrier on a bridge or at a railroad crossing while the gate is closed or in the process of opening or closing. Pedestrians are not allowed to walk on limited access facilities or ramps that connect them to other streets or roads unless the pedestrians are employed as maintenance people by any government subdivision.

Pedestrians violating any of these laws might be found guilty of a noncriminal traffic infraction, so it is crucial to take them seriously. Not to mention, negligence could also result in injury or fatality that could have been provided with proper precaution. If you have questions about your bicycle accident call Attorney Dan Newlin now for a free consultation at 312-888-8000. At the Law Office of Attorney Dan Newlin Chicago, we have proudly recovered over 150 Million Dollars for injury and accident victims and we will fight for you!!!

The personal injury lawyers at the Law Offices of Attorney Dan Newlin can further explain these laws and inform you of your rights if you have been involved in a bicycle-vehicle accident. Just call (312) 888-8000 anytime of day for your no-cost consultation.

Having fought more than 10,000 personal injury cases, we have experience advocating for people like you. And we will provide you with assistance throughout your legal battle so that you are better positioned to get the compensation you are entitled to.