South Bay Bicycle Accident Lawyer
Few activities are more peaceful and enjoyable than a bike ride. This is especially true in a state like California, which is full of beautiful scenery and inviting roads and trails.
Unfortunately, an enjoyable bike ride can turn deadly in the blink of an eye due to the negligence of motorists.
In 2018, there were 857 deaths related to bicycle accidents, according to data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. With traffic density increasing — and cycling growing in popularity — the number of deaths and injuries has continued to edge up in recent years.
Fortunately, should the worst happen to you, California state law allows you to take the negligent party to court and sue for compensation.
To do so effectively, you’ll need to follow some smart safety protocols following your accident.
How to React After a Bicycle Accident
As any cyclist can tell you, drivers of cars and trucks aren’t always considerate when it comes to sharing the road. Additionally, drunk and distracted driving pose huge safety risks to cyclists.
If you are involved in an accident, here are the steps to take:
- Move any injured parties out of harm’s way as soon as it is safe.
- Contact authorities and first responders.
- Exchange insurance and contact information with the other party.
- Document the scene with photos and video and write down the make and model of the car involved. Photos and video can help establish key details such as road conditions, speed limits, intersection set-ups, etc.
- Speak to any witnesses and ask for their contact information.
- Track all of your expenses and lost wages. You may be able to recoup these funds after filing a claim or pursuing litigation.
Rules of the road for bicyclists in CA:
- Bicycle lane, when the road provides a bicycle lane, it is advised that riders use this lane. If a bicyclist is riding slower than on-going traffic, they MUST use this lane, unless they are making a left turn, passing, avoiding road hazards, or when the right lane only allows a right turn.
- Riding with traffic, when riding with traffic, bicyclists must travel on the right side of the roadway, unless they are making a left turn, avoiding road hazards, avoiding construction, or riding on a one-way street.
- Riding on sidewalks, this regulation is controlled by each individual city, whether or not bicyclists are allowed to ride on the sidewalk.
- Riding on Freeways, unless otherwise stated, bicycles are not allowed on freeways or expressways and this is strictly prohibited by the California Department of Transportation.
- Riding through toll bridges, unless otherwise stated, bicycles are not allowed on toll bridges, this is strictly prohibited by the California Department of Transportation.
Bicyclists (including e-bicyclists) are encouraged to practice safe riding by taking extra precautions to protect themselves. These precautions include:
- Wearing a helmet, taking this precaution is crucial to avoiding life-threatening injuries. Parents – by law, riders under the age of 18 must wear helmets when riding a bicycle on a public road.
- Go with the traffic flow; this will allow you to be more visible to drivers. Riding in the opposite direction of traffic is dangerous and illegal.
- Be cautious of parked vehicles; opening doors can cause you to fall. When driving close to parked cars, bicyclists should keep a safe distance from the cars.
- Stay alert, be prepared to stop or take action when avoiding road hazards.
Regardless of the changing world of bicycling, the rules of the road for bicyclists under California Law must be followed (by all parties). We encourage you to practice bicycle safety and share the road!
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At Bloom Injury Law, we believe in providing a voice for victims. We pride ourselves on providing clients with constant communication and compassion — part of our commitment to peerless customer service.
We also have the experience to handle even the most complex bicycle accident litigation. If you need assistance, we urge you to contact us for a quick consultation.
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