With the weather changing to spring and summer being right around the corner, I've been seeing so many more people out biking and walking. It's a beautiful time of year, and it’s also important to note that traffic on roads and sidewalks can be pretty busy as well.

I recently had a discussion with Rich Barnes from The Barnes Firm — one of America’s largest injury law firms — about this very topic and he had some really great and helpful advice about how drivers can safely share the road with both bicyclists and pedestrians.

Rich mentioned that many motorists may not know that bicyclists have the same rights to use our highways — with the exception of expressways and interstates — that motor vehicles do.

Cars, trucks, and bicycles all having the same rights means they also have the same duties, as well. Bicyclists are required to stop at traffic lights and stop signs, signal when they intend to turn, and yield the right of way to other traffic.

When there’s a bike lane available, be sure to use it to help avoid a bike accident! Bike lanes are specifically designed so cyclists can make it to and from their destinations quickly and safely.

When there isn’t a bike lane present, cyclists should ride on the right side or the right lane, except when making a left-hand turn. Keep an eye out for new bicycle lanes as Buffalo joins other cities in the effort to be more bicycle friendly!

Drivers tend to get a little frustrated when they encounter bicyclists on the road and what we all need to remember is that we all have the same rights and duties as the other.

A little bit of extra patience on the part of motorists and a little bit of extra attention on the part of bicyclists will minimize some of the very serious accidents they see at The Barnes Firm.

If you’ve been injured and need help, call The Barnes Firm – they can help you.

Visit TheBarnesFirm.com or call (800) 800-0000 and get the help you need from experienced injury attorneys with proven results. You can trust that they will help answer your questions and also help you get the best result possible.

Call their Downtown Buffalo or Grider Street office now!