Whenever anyone is operating a bicycle on a state highway (which means any publicly maintained roadway, street, avenue, etc.), it has always been the law that the Rules of the Road, as they apply to automobiles, also apply equally to bicycles and their operators. But apparently, our legislature felt that the law needed clarification with respect to right of way issues as detailed in Article IX of the Vehicle Code, chapter 625 ILCS 5/9-101. In an amendment to Section 11-1502 of the vehicle code, which originally stated that the vehicle rules of the road already apply equally to bicycles, the legislature added some additional language. It is intended to remind us all that at an intersection, crosswalk, traffic merge, etc., the rules that require one to yield, or that grant one vehicle the right of way over another, apply equally to bicyclists as they do to motorists.
So, the next time you approach a traffic intersection, and you spot a bicyclist in the roadway, pay close attention to the rules regarding right of way, because your failure to do so may result in a traffic violation. Most people never consider that they may be pulled over and ticketed for such an infraction, but with the newly amended law, the chances are much greater. If an accident with a bicycle is involved, your failure to observe the right of way may also leave you liable civilly for any and all monetary damages.
If you are cited for any traffic violation, or arrested for any criminal offense, you need experienced and knowledgeable attorneys to fight for your rights in court. Our attorneys have handled well over 10,000 such cases. Call the law offices of Mitchell S. Sexner & Associates LLC at (312) 644-0444 immediately to schedule your absolutely free, completely confidential, no obligation initial consultation with a licensed attorney. With offices in Chicago and Arlington Heights, and appointments available elsewhere, we are conveniently located near you and we are ready to help. Call today.