New PA Law Proposed Re: Drivers & Bicyclists

Posted on: January 20th, 2012       Attorney Thomas Newell

The Pennsylvania Senate is now considering a bill that would significantly change the obligations of drivers on PA’s roads when they come upon bicyclists. The proposal would require all drivers to maintain at least a 4 foot buffer between their automobile and a bicycle if they want to legally pass the bicyclist.

In 2010, there were 1,485 reported PA car-bicycle accidents, an increase of 84 from 2009. This legislation is designed to reduce the number of bike riders hit by cars in Pennsylvania. The bill would allow a driver to cross the center double yellow line, if necessary, to provide the required 4 feet when passing a bicycle. The driver can only cross the center line when it is safe to do so.

Pennsylvania drivers will also be prohibited from making a right turn that impedes the path of a bicycle. In addition, the bicyclist can go less than the posted minimum speed and not be cited for impeding traffic. If you have been involved in a PA bicycle-car accident, please call 800-980-4842 to set up a free home consultation with Attorney Thomas Newell. Put his 30 years of experience to work for you. Visit his website of to read more about his legal representation of personal injury victims throughout Pennsylvania.