Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Juror Opinions Re Bicyclists

   With summer, I have received a number of calls regarding accidents involving bicycles:  both bicyclists being injured and drivers being hit by bicyclists.   Motorists just do not see bicycles and do not watch out for bicycles.

   This side of cell phones, jurors have the strongest opinions about bicyclists.  Jurors talk about how they believe bicyclists regularly ignore safe traffic rules by riding on sidewalks, going the wrong way on one way streets, rolling through stop signs.  While you would think that jurors who are also bicyclists would be more understanding, these jurors will talk about how they would magically have somehow avoided an accident.

    What does this mean for bicyclists?  Because a bicycle and a helmet is no match for most motor vehicles, bicyclists need to show extra care.  If an accident results in injury, you have to play your hand smartly.  See