The Minneapolis St Paul Bicycle Accident Attorney-Lawyer wants you to know the following legal requirement of bicycle operation:at statistics recently released by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration of the U.S. government (NHTWSA) revealed the following statistics relating to bicycle accidents, bicycle injuries and bicycle deaths:
-There were 698 bicycle deaths which accounted for 2% of all traffic fatalities.
-1/7 of the bicyclists and other pedalcyclists killed in traffic crashes in 2007 were between the ages of the five and 15 years old.
-Alcohol involvement was reported in more than one third of all bicycle and pedalcycle fatalities in 2007.
The Minneapolis St Paul Bicycle Accident Attorneys and Lawyers at the Schmidt Law Firm serve St. Paul, Minneapolis, Rochester, Bloomington, Duluth, Brooklyn Park, Plymouth, Eagan, St. Cloud, Coon Rapids Burnsville, Eden Prairie, Maple Grove and Eden Prairie, Minnesota and surrounding areas.
Bicycle Equipment Requirements
Bicycle equipment requirements are provided in Minnesota Stat. Sec. 169.222, Subds. 6 and 7. The equipment requirements include a:
(1) Well-defined nighttime lighting/lamp/ reflector requirement (See Subd. 6 (a) for specific requirements);
(2) Brake requirement that demands enough braking power to make the brake wheels skid on dry, level, and clean pavement;
(3) Handlebar requirement that prohibit handlebars to be raised so that the operator must elevate the hands above the shoulders in order to grasp the normal steering grip area;
(4) Size requirement that only permits bicycles on highways if the operator can stop the bicycle, support it with at least one foot on the ground, and restart the bicycle in a safe manner; and
(5) Bicycle reflector requirement that requires all bicycles sold to have
reflectors and other equipment as required by the United States Products Safety Commission (See 16 C.F.R. Part 1512 for additional specifications.).