Cycling through intersections

When riding your bike on Shelby's roads, you are afforded the same rights and privileges as other motorists. Unfortunately. others may not necessarily understand that. This may include motorists, other cyclists and even traffic monitoring systems. These systems track vehicles on the road in an attempt to safely regulate the flow of traffic. The most common tools used in these systems are vehicle detection devices. You have likely seen them mounted on traffic signals or light poles found next to roadways. Oftentimes, these devices may fail to recognize you on your bike. Many have come to us here at The Gold Law Firm wondering what to do when such a failure results in an accident. 

If you share the same question, you should understand that the answer depends on how your actions may have contributed to your accident. Vehicle detection devices are most often found at intersections. When they sense the presence of an approaching vehicle, they prompt the eventual halting of intersecting traffic so that vehicle can pass. Yet if you are at an intersection on your bike (and the vehicle detection device does not see you), nothing may happen. 

According to the Tennessee Department of Transportation, you are not to assume in such a situation that the vehicle detection system is not working. If you ignore this and proceed through the intersection, you may be at fault if an accident were to occur. Instead, you are to come to a complete stop and only proceed after checking to see if it is safe to do so. 

More information on safely sharing the road on your bike can be found here on our site. 

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