Law Offices of Paul Levin - April 2018

3 FEET ISN’T ENOUGH Be Mindful of Cyclists

Turkey and Broccoli PASTA WITH When you are cognizant of bicyclists, you’re not only protecting bicyclists — you’re protecting yourself, as well. We frequently fight for bicyclists who have been injured in biking accidents. Failure to be aware of bicyclists could end in a lawsuit. If you have been in one of these situations, contact us today and let us fight for you. Our state should be safe for everyone, and that includes bicyclists. Keep Your Eyes Peeled Bicycle laws in Connecticut require riders to provide ample safety features. At night, bicyclists must have a front light that can be seen from 500 feet, a rear light that’s visible from 600 feet, and reflective material on each side that is visible from 600 feet. Most bicyclists will add even more lights or reflective material in an attempt to further limit their risk of an accident. Even with all this, it still requires an attentive driver to notice a bicyclist. This means limiting distractions while driving.

Though bicycles have the same rights as any other vehicle, they are often bullied on the roads. When you take into account the advantages a car has, it’s easy to see why. Traffic lanes are 12 feet wide and keep surrounding cars about 6 feet away from each other. Meanwhile, a bike lane might be a couple feet wide. Bicyclists should have at least 36 inches to separate them from two tons of steel barreling past them at 35 miles an hour. It’s crucial to be mindful of bikes. Here are two ways to generate awareness and help prevent bicycle-related accidents. 3 Feet Is the Minimum It’s Connecticut law to give 3 feet when passing a cyclist, but that is only the minimum requirement. Take a look right now wherever you are, and measure 3 feet away from you. It really isn’t all that much. This is why we encourage you to give even more room when passing bicyclists. If cars are 6 feet from each other, shouldn’t we give at least that for a bike?

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• 3/4 pounds

• 2 cloves garlic, chopped • 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper • Salt • Parmesan cheese

Instructions pasta (shells or orecchiette) • 2 cups broccoli florets • 3 tablespoons olive oil • 1 pound ground turkey

1. Cook the pasta according to package directions. Add broccoli when pasta is 1 minute from done. Drain both and return to pot. 2. Heat 1 tablespoon olive oil in a skillet over medium-high heat. Add the turkey, garlic, crushed red pepper, and a pinch of salt. Cook while breaking up meat with a wooden spoon for 3–5 minutes. 3. Combine turkey with pasta and broccoli mixture, adding the remaining olive oil as you stir. Serve in bowls topped with Parmesan cheese.



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