Right-of-Way Rules for Bicyclists

All vehicles, even bicycles, must follow the right-of-way rules to safely cross intersections.

Did you know, in 2011 677 bicyclists were killed and 48,000 were injured in motor vehicle crashes? Bicyclist deaths accounted for 2% of all motor vehicle traffic fatalities.

The majority of bicyclist fatalities in 2011 occurred between the hours of 4pm and 7:59pm. Bicyclists ages 45-54 have the highest fatality rate. The highest injury rate for bicyclists occurred in the 16-20 age group.

Here are some right-of-way rules to help you ride safely around the city:

  • Base Rule:First to Stop=First to Go. The first vehicle at the intersection goes through the intersection first.
  • If Base Rule Does Not Apply: Farthest Right Goes First. When two vehicles get to the intersection at the same time, the vehicle on the right always goes first.
  • If Neither Rules Apply: Straight Traffic Goes First. When two vehicles are directly across from each other and one is turning left, the one that is going straight goes first.
  • When In Doubt, Bail Out:This Trumps All Rules. Even if you have the right-of-way, if for some reason you feel uncomfortable or that your safety is threatened, let the other traffic go ahead. Your safety always comes first.

Visit the NHTSA website to print out activity handouts and props to play with your teenagers to teach them about right-of-way safety!

If your or a loved one have been seriously injured in a bicycle accident, contact us immediately.

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In furtherance of our firms culture of commitment to always act with compassion, concern and commitment to our clients, community and colleagues, we have been taking precautions to ensure that we are still fulfilling our ethical and moral obligations while prioritizing health, wellness and safety of all we can. 

As you know, the COVID-19 pandemic has introduced changes to many lives and businesses in our communities, and around the world. We, much like our neighbors and friends, have been taking precautions to ensure that we are still fulfilling our ethical and moral obligation to our clients, while also prioritizing the health, wellness and safety of our employees.

Until further notice, our offices will be closed to the public to encourage social distancing and to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. Our team is still hard at work, many from home, and you may still call, email, live chat or video conference us if you or a loved one is seeking legal assistance. As the first law firm to offer our clients secure online access to their case file more than a decade ago, we have always been believers in using technology to make life easier and information more accessible. In these present times it has been a smooth transition for us to continue to offer our clients the same seamless and thorough service that you deserve and are accustomed to.

This pandemic is unlike anything any of us have faced in our lifetimes, and while we can continue to emotionally support one another through it all, staying home and keeping your distance is vital to the health and wellness of our communities. It does not feel good to break routines, cancel events and retreat from our normal, day-to-day socializing, but let us remember that, in times of strife, prior generations were asked to go to war and we are simply being asked to stay home. Your isolation equals more lives saved, and more time for medical providers to prepare for the treatment of patients battling COVID-19.

When the dust settles, we will join together with a greater appreciation for our lives, local businesses, loved ones and health. Until then, we will continue to offer guidance from a safe distance.

Very truly yours,

Andrew G. Finkelstein and the staff of Jacoby & Meyers, LLP