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Cycling Safely - Turning Right At Junctions

Turning right from a main road into a side road at a junction, is a manoeuvre bristling with danger with regards to cycle safety. Not only does the cyclist have to pay attention to what is going on ahead, they also have to pay attention to what is going on behind them and to any pedestrians who might be crossing the mouth of the junction - this can be a very difficult situation.

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What Does The Law Say About Turning right?

What does the law expect of cyclists?

The law expects the cyclist to pull out gently, having made sure it is safe to perform the manoeuvre. Once in the middle of the road, you are then expected to remain there until it is safe to cross the opposing lane. If there is a car travelling behind you, intending to turn left at the same junction, you are also expected to be aware of other vehicles that may seek to overtake the car at the junction. Finally you need to give way to any pedestrians who may be crossing the mouth of the junction. If in doubt you are expected to get off and push your bike across the road.

Anyone who rides a bicycle knows how dangerous it can be to be in the middle of the road with your foot down waiting for a gap in traffic. Cars, lorries and buses often try to push past with little consideration for the cyclist. There is limited case-law on cycle accidents, which makes it all the more important to have a solicitor who knows what they are doing.

How can Routh Clarke help you?

Nick Routh is a keen cyclist and is on the road at least three times a week training for an Ironman. He has ridden in London and been much closer to the underside of a London bus than he would have liked or was healthy for him! He is also a member of the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (APIL). So if you want someone to represent you, who completely understands what it’s like to ride a bicycle in all weathers, on all terrains and along side motorists who are less than keen on the cycling community, call him today for a no obligation chat about your situation.

For advice on your cycling accident, call us on 01935 823883