Where Do We Draw The Unforeseeable Probability Liability Line In Case A Tragedy Does Occur In A Bike-Lane?

By William Tauro

Bike lanes are here and here to stay. In an ever-changing world and laws, bike lanes have been accepted nationwide and are a part of our society and which rightfully should be. Cities and towns have also received millions of dollars in grants from the federal government for installing bike lanes. But we still have a lot of kinks in the laws and regulations that have to be ironed out.

Where do we as a society and government draw the line with this liability grey area in case an accident does occur? We all know that if a motor vehicle is at fault in an accident, the vehicle’s liability insurance would kick in and cover the loss, but what if a bicyclist collides with a pedestrian? What if a bicyclist collides with a motor vehicle? What happens if a baby carriage gets hit by a bicyclist? Should bicyclists carry liability insurance and be registered yes or no? Would the city be on the hook for the liability?

There are so many unanswered questions that unfortunately someday that will definitely have to be answered to and have be dealt with.

As listed on Mass.gov:

Can you sue a cyclist?:

Yes, but such a process could be difficult. Cyclists lack insurance like other drivers, so a claim has to be against them directly. Even if a claim is successful, the cyclist might lack the funds to cover the cost of the injuries and damage to property.

Rules of the Road:

Travel on public roadways is controlled by signs, signals, pavement markings, and driving laws. No matter what vehicle you drive or what road you drive on, you must obey these “rules of the road.”
You must learn how to drive properly on:
• Streets, roads, alleys, and avenues
• Traffic rotaries (circles)
• Highways, expressways, and freeways
You must also learn how to drive safely at:
• Special crossings
• Intersections
• Traffic hazards

People also ask

Do bicycles have the right of way Massachusetts?:

Bicyclists have the right to use all public ways in this state except limited access or express state highways where signs specifically prohibiting bicycles have been posted.

Is a bike considered a vehicle Massachusetts?:

For example, bicycles aren’t considered vehicles, but riders have the right to use any public ways and are still subject to the same laws and regulations as vehicles, as well as other special regulations for bikes. What else should you expect when riding in Massachusetts regarding the law?

What are cyclists rights?:

Cyclists have the same rights on the road as everyone else. This means that you must give way to them if you are turning left or right; remember, lane splitting is perfectly legal and so you must take account of the fact that they may be approaching on either side of your car and moving faster than you at that point.Mar 7, 2017.

Can you get an OUI on a bicycle in Massachusetts?:

In Massachusetts, police could take impaired bicyclists into protective custody even though police cannot make an OUI arrest even if a motor was installed on the bicycle. Bicyclists, however, may face criminal prosecution for other suspected crimes such as underage drinking or possession of illegal drugs.May 2, 2019.

What’s the new law for cyclists?:

Cyclists’ Position on the Road

The 2022 Highway Code also sets guidance concerning cyclists’ position when riding on the road, one of the most misunderstood rules of this years’ update. Riders can cycle in the centre of the road only on quiet roads, in slow-moving traffic and narrow roads.

One thought on “Where Do We Draw The Unforeseeable Probability Liability Line In Case A Tragedy Does Occur In A Bike-Lane?”

  1. Bike lanes are stupid I rather ride on the sidewalk where is much safer roads are meant for cars motorcycles and trucks not bikes these Idiots get on the road like they own the road in front a vehicle at a traffic light then they wonder how they get killed and we getting taxed for the road I don’t see bikers getting taxed out useless piece of garbage lane taking out space those other cities are lucky they don’t have dumb asses & F**** Charlie Baker and the next after him.

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