When Is An Accident A Bicyclist’s Fault In Western New York?
A Buffalo woman hit a bicyclist with a pickup truck, and the incident led to a $200 fine for the woman.
The bicyclist was struck back in September 2020 during a demonstration outside of the City Hall.
The woman, Joanna Gollnau, was 26 at the time when she drove through Niagara Square and struck another woman who was on a bicycle.
After the incident, the bicyclist was rushed to the hospital as a result of the injuries.
On Tuesday, Nov. 30, 2021, Gollnau pleaded guilty to the incident and failure to exercise due care, which is a driving violation. Gollnau also received two points on her driver’s license and was fined $200.
It’s always important to be cautious when driving, so hopefully you never experience this type of incident. However, it is good to know the rules of the road -- and in this case, with bicycles as well.
When Is An Accident A Cyclist’s Fault?
In car accidents that involve a bicycle, the liability is generally allocated to the driver of the car. There is a lack of protection in this instance for cyclists, but there are occasions when a bicyclist can be the one who is at fault for the accidents.
An accident can be a bicyclist’s fault when:
the bicyclist ignores traffic signals,
the bicyclist rides on the wrong side of the street,
or practicing any other negligent behaviors when biking.
Some of these negligent behaviors when biking include:
not coming to a complete stop at a stop sign,
not riding in the bike lane,
riding on the wrong side of the street,
riding against the direction of traffic,
making a sudden turn without any indication,
and failing to yield.
As always, be cautious on the roads, and stay safe.