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Bicyclists Rights on Memphis Roads

After a dreary and rainy Memphis winter, spring is upon us, and it’s time to get outside and enjoy all the Mid-South has to offer. That means exploring our wonderful city on your bicycle, scooter, or just walking around Downtown and Overton Square. We previously examined bicycle safety tips and ways for cyclists to avoid injuries on the road. What many drivers don’t realize is bicyclists have the same rights as the driver when traveling on the streets.

Tennessee Law Regarding Cyclists

While the city of Memphis has done an admirable job in carving out dedicated bicycle lanes across the city, there are times and places when a cyclist does not have such an option. T.C.A. 55-8-175 explores some of the Tennessee law regarding passing a cyclist on the roadway. In general, Tennessee law grants a bicyclists all of the same rights afforded to a motor vehicle and driver.

During these instances, drivers must realize that, legally, cyclists have the right of way and are lawfully entitled to proceed in a lane of traffic normally reserved for automobiles.  

T.C.A. 55-8-143 dictates that if you want to pass a cyclist in a lane of traffic, you must do so by signaling and moving to another lane of traffic. Likewise, a bicyclist must use proper signals when turning or coming to a stop. Over the years, we have represented many riders who have been injured on the streets due to the negligence of another driver. The one common key in many of these cases has been impatience. Typically, the impatience of a driver when faced with a cyclist on the roadway has led to an otherwise avoidable accident.  

These accidents typically prove to be catastrophic. The injuries we have seen in bicycle and motorcycle related accidents are horrific. We urge everyone, bicyclists and motorists alike, to slow down and respect each other’s space on the roadways. The time you can save by passing a cyclist or taking a shortcut on the road is not worth the possibility of an accident.  

We Can Help

If you or a loved one has been injured due to the negligence of another party while operating a bicycle, please call The Chiozza Law Firm at 901-516-9494 or contact us to learn your rights. Our experienced attorneys have a long history of representing Memphians when they need quality legal protection. As evidenced by our awarded verdicts and settlements, we will fight to ensure that you are fully compensated for any and all injuries sustained in an accident. We offer free consultations and only earn a fee if we are successful in settling your claim. We are a family operated Memphis Law Firm that will treat you like family.

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Posted by Brian Chiozza at 10:43 AM
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