Bicycle Passing Wrecks

Let’s face it, cars regularly do not give adequate space when passing a bicycle.

Under North Carolina law, a bicycle is defined to be a vehicle and is entitled to use the roadways of our state just the same as any other vehicle except where expressly prohibited (such as on an interstate such as I-40 or I-85).  While bicyclists usually ride on the right side of the lane, a bicycle is entitled to the use of the full lane.  As stated in the North Carolina Driver’s Manual, “when passing a bicyclist, always remember the bicyclist is entitled to use of the full lane.”  Additionally, North Carolina recently passed some new laws applicable to bicycle passing.  Read more about these laws.

Despite the laws of North Carolina, a bicycle wreck due to a motor vehicle passing too closely is the most common bicycle accident we see at our firm.

If you have been injured in a bicycle accident where a motor vehicle did not give you adequate room while passing and you have any questions about your legal rights, please contact us immediately.

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