All information provided about the law is very general in nature and should not be relied upon as legal advice. Every situation is different and should be analyzed by a lawyer who can provide individualized advice based on the facts involved in your unique situation, and a consideration of all of the nuances of the statutes and case law that apply at the time.
Are cyclists the same as pedestrians?
A bicyclist is not generally treated like a pedestrian as bicycles are generally treated more like motor vehicles.
While there are some specific traffic laws that apply only to bicycles because of their unique nature, cyclists have a responsibility to obey traffic laws and regulations just like a motor vehicle.
If you violate a traffic law, such as running a stop sign, you can be at fault for the accident just like a motor vehicle.
Because many state laws treats bicycles basically the same as motor vehicles, you can be found to be at fault, in whole or part, if your negligence, including violation of a traffic safety law, causes or contributes to a bicycle accident with a motor vehicle. The issue of determining fault in a bicycling accident can be complex so you should always consult an experienced bicycle accident lawyer who will investigate and make an independent determination of fault in the accident.
Even if you are partially at fault, you may still be entitled to recover compensation for your injuries (although your fault may reduce the amount of the recovery). An experienced bicycle accident attorney can advise you on this issue also.