Bicycle Accident Attorneys

The laws relating to the operation of bicycles on roadways are nearly identical to the laws relating to the operation of motor vehicles. However, many drivers fail to follow the law with regard to cyclists and the result is often serious accident or injury. Our attorneys represent cyclists who suffer serious injury while riding their bikes. It is possible to be very safe while riding due to the other negligent drivers who case bicycle accidents.

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Bicycle Laws In Kentucky

The Kentucky Revised Statutes (KRS) and Kentucky Administrative Regulations (KAR) establish rules, rights, and responsibilities for both drivers and cyclists. KRS Chapter 189 and KAR 601 make up the majority of bicycle traffic laws in in Kentucky. Helmets are not required for bicycling in Kentucky. However, helmets help prevent injury in bicycle accidents including head injuries such as concussions and other traumatic brain injuries.

Lights and Reflectors - KAR 601 Section 2

(1) A bicycle operated on a highway during the hours or atmospheric conditions described in KRS 189.030(1) shall display at least one (1) front light on either the bicycle or the bicyclist that is visible for 500 feet and capable of revealing substantial objects at least fifty (50) feet in front of the bicycle.
     
(2) A bicycle if operated on a highway or highway shoulder shall display on either the bicycle or the bicyclist:

(a) One (1) red reflector or red light visible for at least 100 feet from the rear of the bicycle; and

(b) One (1) red light or a flashing red light visible from the rear of the bicycle for at least 500 feet during the hours or atmospheric conditions described in KRS 189.030(1).

KRS 189.030(1) states that headlamps, when required on a vehicle, shall be illuminated during the period from one-half (1/2) hour after sunset to one-half (1/2) hour before sunrise and at such other times atmospheric conditions render visibility as low as or lower than is ordinarily the case during that period.

Bicycle Laws In Ohio

The Ohio Revised Code (ORC) contains Ohio's laws for cyclists. Every person operating a bicycles upon a roadway must ride as near to the right side of road as possible, but not when it is unreasonable or unsafe to do so. Cyclists in Ohio are required to obey the same traffic rules applicable to vehicles when riding on the roadway. Unfortunately, other motorists do not always treat cyclists as equals resulting in serious accident or preventable injury.

Bicycle Signal Devices - ORC 4511.56

Every bicycle when in use at the times specified in section 4513.03 of the Revised Code, shall be equipped with the following:

A lamp mounted on the front of either the bicycle or the operator that shall emit a white light visible from a distance of at least five hundred feet to the front and three hundred feet to the sides. A generator-powered lamp that emits light only when the bicycle is moving may be used to meet this requirement.

A red reflector on the rear that shall be visible from all distances from one hundred feet to six hundred feet to the rear when directly in front of lawful lower beams of head lamps on a motor vehicle;

A lamp emitting either flashing or steady red light visible from a distance of five hundred feet to the rear shall be used in addition to the red reflector. If the red lamp performs as a reflector in that it is visible as specified in division (A)(2) of this section, the red lamp may serve as the reflector and a separate reflector is not required.

Additional lamps and reflectors may be used in addition to those required under division (A) of this section, except that red lamps and red reflectors shall not be used on the front of the bicycle and white lamps and white reflectors shall not be used on the rear of the bicycle.

A bicycle may be equipped with a device capable of giving an audible signal, except that a bicycle shall not be equipped with nor shall any person use upon a bicycle any siren or whistle.

Every bicycle shall be equipped with an adequate brake when used on a street or highway.



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Russell & Ireland Law Group, LLC
726 Greenup Street
Covington, KY 41011
(859) 581-0800
(859) 757-2466 Fax