Avoid Getting Hit by the Right Hook!

The Right Hook

A frequent type of bike crash involves the “right hook.” The right hook occurs when a right-turning vehicle passes a cyclist on the left and then turns directly into the rider’s path. Under these conditions, the motorist either strikes the cyclist on the left side or the cyclist collides with the turning vehicle’s front passenger side fender.

You can reduce the risk of a right hook by taking the whole lane as you approach an intersection. As you approach an intersection, move to the center of the lane and do not hug the curb. This is your legal right. If you’re in middle of the lane as you approach an intersection, motorists have no choice but to stay behind you until you proceed through the intersection. Also, use hand signals early, before you reach the intersection, to alert motorists of your intentions.  

In this video, you can see how a motorist should respond to a cyclist when making a right turn. The cyclist has the right-of-way and the motorist should yield before turning. 

In this video, you can see that the cyclist is in a bike lane. There is no law that requires you to stay in a bike lane when approaching an intersection. If you can safely move from the bike lane to the road, this will force motorists to allow you to safely navigate the intersection. After you proceed through the intersection, you can move back into the bike lane once it is safe to do so.

There is no way to avoid every dangerous situation. But if you are aware of the most common types of collisions between cyclists and cars, many accidents can be avoided. To see the most common types of crashes and how to avoid them, click here.

If you are injured while riding a bicycle as the result of a right hook or any other negligent driver action, you may be entitled to a recovery of medical expenses, wage loss, property damage, and pain, suffering, and inconvenience.  Please contact me for a free initial consultation to discuss your case and explore your rights at (412) 227-9724.  

Please be safe out there.  And, thanks for reading.

Matthew F. Dolfi, Esquire
Dolfi Law PC
1100 Washington Avenue, Suite 206, Carnegie, Pennsylvania 15106


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