From the standpoint of having seen first hand the impact that a bicycle collision with a motor vehicle produces some thoughts come to mind about reducing the frequency and severity of the crashes. Motor vehicle – Bicycle crashes occur most often when either the cyclist or driver is turning or crossing an intersection or driveway. Accordingly, the cyclist needs to avoid a number of risk factors that can add to the probability of the collision occuring in the first instance. These would include cycling against traffic, running red lights and reducing speed at intersections where oncoming traffic might decide to turn and thereby unexpectingly crossing one's path. With that said, it should be at least noted that in Connecticut, a bicyclist is entitled to the same protections, privileges and rights of way as a motor vehicle operators. The same traffic rules apply to each.
The following case is successfully handled in Connecticut courts by Attorney Levin.