Many people enjoy biking as a great way to get around the city and be physically active outdoors. Even during the winter months, many hardy cyclists won’t let the cold, ice, and snow stop them from getting in a good ride. As cyclists become increasingly integrated with high volume traffic, drivers and riders must be extra vigilant and exercise caution while sharing the road. When it comes to biking, there are a few key safety laws riders should be aware of:
- Anyone under 18 years of age must wear a helmet while riding a bicycle, although we strongly advise that riders wear a helmet to reduce the risk of head injuries.
- Cyclists can be fined under the distracted driving legislation. Yes, you read that right. No texting and riding! If distracted riding causes an accident that injures another person, you could be held liable.
- Cyclists are bound by the rules of the road (unless they are under 14 and can ride bikes on the sidewalk). A bicycle is considered a “vehicle” under Alberta’s Traffic Safety Act and cyclists are subject to the same traffic laws as any other driver on the road.
A bicycle is no match to a car or truck in size or speed, and cyclists carry a greater risk of critical injury or loss of life in accidents involving bicycles and motor vehicles. Bicycle accidents are often the result of speeding, distracted or careless driving, dooring (colliding with an open car door), poor visibility or road conditions, and more. If you were injured in a biking accident that involved another person who is even partially responsible, you may be eligible for compensation. There are many factors to consider in these types of accidents, so don’t hesitate to reach out to a Bicycle Accident lawyer to learn more.
In Alberta, you generally have up to two years from the date of an accident to make a claim in court, or your right to do so is lost forever. But it’s important not to wait as there may be other important deadlines or circumstances, that may affect the deadline or your claim.
Have questions? Our caring team will answer any legal questions you have and help you get the compensation you deserve. Initial consults are always free and, if you do choose us, we don’t get paid until your claim is resolved.