Cyclist hit by truck reminds motorists of 3 feet rule

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — An avid cyclist who was hit by a truck last year is reminding drivers to stay at least 3 feet away from any cyclists on the road.

Chuck Carter was hit by a truck last November in Johnson County and had to have hip surgery.  

He is asking motorists to remember the 3 feet rule; drivers passing a cyclist must allow 3 feet between their car and the cyclist.

He’s also reminding motorists not to pass cyclists when they are in a no passing zone.

Carter’s attorney, Vance Preman, is in Olathe,Kansas. He exclusively represents injured cyclists. Preman said at least 10 of his clients were injured this year   

Preman is also a member of Bike Law USA—a group of attorneys across the country working to improve bike safety by increasing driver-awareness that people riding a bicycle have a legal right to be on the road  He explained that it is illegal for people to ride their bicycles on the sidewalk  

Preman also advises cyclists —even though it is not required by law—to:

*Have a flashing light on their bicycles

*Wear bright colored clothing and helmets

*And make sure they have an under-insured motorists policy so their attorney can collect more money if the cyclist is injured.

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Cynthia Newsome is an anchor. See her full report at 6 p.m. and check back for updates.

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