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Virginia Bill to Give Bicyclists Additional Lane Clearance Defeated

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VA bike accident injury attorneysA Virginia (Va.) bill that would give bike riders an additional foot of clearance on the highways was defeated 54-43 in the House of Delegates this week.  If passed, the bill - introduced by Del. Kaye Kory (D-Fairfax County) - would have increased the clearance when vehicles pass bicyclists from two feet to three feet. While the bill was supposed to increase safety for bike riders on the roads, some argued that it would have had an adverse effect on drivers if passed. 

Still, some action needs to be taken. The DMV reports alarming numbers of bicyclist injuries and even some deaths due to bike/car wrecks. 
Bike rider safety on the roads is clearly an issue of importance. Statistics over the years show steady rates of fatalities and injuries as a result of bicycle/car accidents. While you cannot control how motorists will drive, there are several precautions you can take to help prevent serious injury or even fatality when bicycling.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) recommends always wearing protective gear, such as a helmet. Wearing reflective or fluorescent clothing is also beneficial, as it allows you to be more visible to drivers. Equipping your bicycle with a loud horn and headlight will assist in accident prevention as well. The PBIC suggests riding with the flow of traffic and watching out for turning cars among many other safety tips



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Richard N. Shapiro
Personal Injury & Wrongful Death Lawyer Serving Va Beach, Norfolk, Chesapeake & all of Virginia
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