In this video, we examine the two common types of right hook: 1) when a motorist passes a bicyclist and turns right; 2) when a bicyclist rides into the blind spot of a motorist who is turning right. As with most crashes, a right hook can be prevented by one party regardless of error or legal fault on the part of the other. We show how either the bicyclist or the motorist can prevent this conflict.
This video focuses on bike lane dynamics. Right hooks can happen on roads without bike lanes — in wide lanes or narrow lanes. The cause and prevention are the same in those cases as well. Bicyclists should approach intersections and driveways in a position that makes them visible and relevant. Motorists should be mindful of the need to yield and merge into the bike lane before turning — thus should not attempt to pass bicyclists when approaching a right turn.
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