Friday, November 1, 2019

Bicyclists Must Obey the Rules of the Road


In the case of Matthews v. Batroney, No. 2019 Pa.Super. 299 (Pa. Super. Oct. 4, 2019 Murray, J., Strassburger, J., and Pelligrini, J.) (Op. by Murray, J.), the court affirmed the entry of a verdict in favor of a Defendant in a matter in which a Plaintiff bicyclist was injured in a motor vehicle accident.

The court noted that a Plaintiff bicyclist who failed to stop at a stop sign was properly found by the jury to be 70% comparatively negligent.

The court additionally held that the jury was properly charged on statutes regarding the duty of bicyclists to obey traffic laws as well as the duty to stop at stop signs.

The court also found that that, by failing to stop at the stop sign, the Plaintiff forfeited his statutory right-of-way.

Anyone wishing to review a copy of this decision may click this LINK.

I send thanks to Attorney James M. Beck of the Philadelphia office of the Reed Smith law firm for bringing this case to my attention.

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