Have You Been Injured? We're Ready to Fight for You.

Kentucky Bicycle Safety: Avoiding the Right Hook

Published on Jun 18, 2013 at 11:42 am in Bicycle Accident.

Picture this: a bicyclist pulls up beside a car while both wait for a red light to change. When the light turns green, both start forward – but the car turns right, cutting in front of the bicyclist and throwing the rider to the pavement. It is an accident commonly known as the “right hook,” and it can cause serious injuries to bikers.

Kentucky Personal InjurySummer in Kentucky can be a great time to ride a bicycle – a healthy way to travel that’s also easy on the environment and cuts down on gas bills. While a Kentucky bicycle accident attorney can help you protect your legal rights if you are injured, the best protection from injury is prevention.

Here are some ways to avoid the dreaded “right hook” while you’re on your bicycle:

  • Stay on the roadway. Sidewalks can seem safer than roads for bicyclists, but they make it harder for drivers to see you, and most drivers won’t expect a bicycle entering a crosswalk from a sidewalk. Using the roads, as Kentucky law allows bicyclists to do, improves your chances of being seen.
  • Use up the lane. Ride in the center of the lane as you approach an intersection. This prevents drivers from pulling up beside you in order to attempt a right turn in front of you. If the lane is not wide enough for cars to pass you safely, you need to take up the entire lane in order to protect yourself from sideswipe collisions as well.
  • Check your mirrors well ahead of the intersection. Install a handlebar or helmet mirror on your bike, and check it several yards before the intersection to see if any drivers are coming up behind you and whether the vehicle’s turn signal is on. While not foolproof, this check can give you a great deal of useful information on how to position yourself for when you actually arrive at the intersection.

Meet Your Team

Tad Thomas - Trial Lawyer

Tad Thomas

Managing Partner

Tad Thomas has dedicated his practice to representing plaintiffs in various types of civil litigation, including personal injury, business litigation, class actions, and multi-district litigation.

After graduating with his law degree in 2000 from Salmon P. Chase College of Law at Northern Kentucky University, Mr. Thomas immediately opened his own private practice and began representing injury victims.

In 2011, Thomas Law Offices was established in Louisville, Kentucky. Over the past decade, Mr. Thomas has expanded his firm and now has offices in three additional locations: Cincinnati, Ohio, Columbia, Missouri, and Chicago, Illinois. He is also a frequent lecturer on topics like trial skills and ethics and technology.

Free Case Evaluation

At Thomas Law Offices, our personal injury attorneys recognize that our potential clients are likely going through some of the most difficult times of their lives. We don't want you to have to worry about paying out-of-pocket for legal advice when you're just starting to learn your legal rights and options. That's why we provide free case evaluations. We'll offer our expert advice about your potential case and walk you through how we can help you.

Call us or fill out the form below to tell us about your potential case and a personal injury lawyer will get back to you as quickly as possible.

Legal & Firm News

Federal Judge Rules Wrongful Death Claims Against Monsanto as Time-Barred

As Bayer announces wanting to keep Roundup on the market for the foreseeable future without adding a warning about the potential cancer risk, a judge in Georgia has ruled a wrongful death claim against Monsanto as time-barred. This ruling, along with Monsanto’s settlement, could affect future cases. To understand why, let’s start by taking a […]

Read More

Car Accident Soreness: What to Expect in the Weeks After a Crash

The moments following a car accident are filled with adrenaline, so much so that even if you’re injured, you may not experience pain. But as your body adjusts and your brain’s chemicals return to their normal state, the pain is likely to start. So even if you seek medical attention and have your injuries treated, […]

Read More

Multi-Vehicle Accidents: Who Pays for Chain Reaction Crashes?

You’re driving down the road on your way to work in heavy traffic. Everything seems standard for your morning commute until you’re sideswiped by a passing vehicle and subsequently rear-ended by the car behind you when you brake. Emergency responders arrive at the scene, and you’re treated for your injuries and told to follow up […]

Read More