When a vehicle approaches an intersection equipped with traffic signals, sensors in the roadway pick up the weight of the vehicle and use that information to determine traffic patterns and rotate the lights. But bicycles and motorcycles can have difficulty setting these sensors off, leaving them stranded at red lights for long periods of time.
To help address this problem, the State of Indiana enacted the “Dead Red Law” recently. An article from the Fort Wayne News-Sentinel explains this piece of legislation allows cyclists or bikers to pass through a red light as long as they have stopped for two minutes and then proceed with caution.
The passing of the law puts Indiana into a category with 15 other states carrying similar regulations.
While some say the law will offer relief to the frustrations many bikers face on a daily basis, others believe the reform may lead to an increase in Indiana motorcycle accidents. This is because intersections are the most common place for motorcycle accidents to happen, and drivers who fail to recognize or yield right-of-way to bikers cause a majority of crashes.
At Fleschner, Stark, Tanoos & Newlin, our team of Indiana personal injury attorneys would like to remind cyclists and bikers to ride safe on Indiana’s roads this summer.