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Drivers need to be aware of bicyclists' right to the road

There are many times when drivers may not see you, and those times are when you're the most likely to be involved in a car accident. When a driver doesn't take the time to look around, he or she could hit you. If that happens, then you have a right to seek out compensation to help cover your medical bills and other financial losses.

Take for example this common situation. If you pedal up to a red light and have a vehicle next to you on your left, it's possible that when the light turns green, the driver could try to make a right turn, hitting you in the process. You can be very cautious and try to avoid this kind of accident, but at the end of the day, it's the driver's duty to look around his or her vehicle and to avoid people in bike lanes or those next to his or her vehicle.

Another possibility in a similar situation is when a driver passes you on the road and then makes a right turn at an intersection ahead of you. If the driver isn't careful, he or she might turn directly into your path. To help protect yourself, always look to your left before you approach the intersection, and slow down if a driver is attempting to pass you. Taking a few seconds off your biking time is better than ending up in a head-on collision.

If you've been injured, you don't have to deal with this situation alone. There may be legal remedies to help you cover medical expenses and other losses. Our website has more information.

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