Reviewing nighttime visibility requirements for cyclists

Depending on the conditions, your bicycle can often get you to where you need to go in Shelby as easily as any other vehicle (and at a much cheaper price). Yet deciding to travel on the road on a bike brings with it risks, chief among those being the hazards posed by motorists. In many of the bicycle accident cases that we here at The Gold Law Firm assist with, a common refrain we hear from the drivers involved is that they never saw the bicyclists they hit (such a defense is typical when accidents occur at night). While yes, you want to ensure that you are doing all you can to make yourself visible on the road, the law does not place the impetus on your being seen solely on your shoulders. 

According to the Tennessee Department of Transportation, you must have a lamp on your bike if you plan on riding it at night. That lamp must have a white light that is visible up to 500 feet in front of you. Your bike must also have a lamp that emits a red light (or a red rear reflector) that can be seen from as far away as 500 feet behind you when directly in the beams of the headlamps of a motor vehicle. 

It is also a good idea to wear bright reflective clothing when riding at night. If you follow such advice and adhere to the state's nighttime visibility laws, you have done everything need to avoid causing an accident. At that point, if you are struck by a driver, the immediate assumption may likely be that he or she was at fault. 

You can learn more about the state's requirements for cyclists by continuing to explore our site. 

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