[Page Updated Feb 16, 2021] – Most healthy bicyclists see Greater Los Angeles, California, as a beautiful place for recreational cycling. But cyclists here risk sustaining catastrophic bicycling accident-related injuries or death more than compared to other United States cities. LA’s breezy Pacific Ocean areas see yearly increases in vehicle traffic congestion hazards and bodily injuries. LA public officials prompted workers and their loved ones to ride eco-friendly bikes, convincing them to navigate LA’s dangerous road conditions and dense population on “green” bikes.
But motorists can be inattentive, sideswiping cyclists bicycling in bike lanes. Many drivers fail to respect California’s arm’s length bicycle riding rules (Three Feet for Safety ACT). Many serious injury factors distinguish bicycle accidents and typical motor vehicle collisions. For one, bicycle riders, similar to motorcyclists, receive little or no protection from severe injuries than occupants riding in a car’s sheet-metal cocoon and roll cage.
At Ehline Law Firm, our dedicated Los Angeles bicycle accident attorneys refuse to balk at tough challenges, erecting an unassailable, 5-star reputation over the years. Our Tier-One Los Angeles personal injury lawyers have successfully protected the rights of thousands of car accident victims since 2005, winning over 12,000 complex civil law cases. So we bear substantial experience when compared with typical bicycle injury lawyers.
Do you want to receive some free legal advice about your bicycle accident insurance company claim? Happily, bicycle accident victims can receive legal help by calling our 24/7 injury hotline (213) 596-9642, or you can schedule your free case review online.
We dedicate challenging injury cases to our portfolio. We let clients heal knowing we have the toe to toe financial ability and expertise to battle any insurance company.
Every road user has a duty to exercise reasonable care to prevent bicycle accidents. Here are some roadway negligence facts and figures.
Most Bike Crashes are Caused By Cars, According To The NHSTA
Out of these numbers:
There were 14,464 TOTAL bike accidents involving 14,225 bicyclists suffering moderate to severe injuries.
2016-2019 SWITRS and CHP calculations show LA underwent
Unless the law states otherwise, “(a) (1) A person riding a bicycle or operating a pedicab upon a highway has all the rights and is subject to all the provisions applicable to the driver of a vehicle …” (California Vehicle Code (CVC) §21202 (a)).
City and County of Los Angeles bicycle accident cases are mainly caused when careless, inattentive motorists violate traffic laws, often overestimating safe passing space.
The most common *reported causes of bicycle crash in L.A. include:
Failing to yield is a massive collision factor associated mainly with improper turning wrecks. Most bicycle-car accidents are road intersection, driveway, or vehicle exit related, usually caused when a motorist fails to yield or makes an unsafe turn. Most broadside and rear-end crash cases are associated with following too closely, with the car operator being unable to brake in time.
However, bicycle riders may bear some or all blame for the accident. Bicycle delivery people in Downtown LA are notorious reckless riders. Faster traffic is confined to the left side of the roadway. Discovering who was legally at fault for causing your bike crash will require expert legal help.
Experts suggest wrong-way riding is a major cause of bicycle accidents. According to CVC §530, a roadway is defined as “a portion of a highway improved, designed or ordinarily used for vehicular traffic” Motorists are forbidden to oppose oncoming traffic under CVC §21650.1, but bicycle riders have some wiggle room. Bicyclists legally riding on sidewalks will face zero quasi-criminal consequences for wrong-way riding.
*TIP: Experts suggest pedestrians on roads should walk facing vehicle traffic, asserting that cyclists should bike with traffic direction and flow. (with their backs to car drivers).
Motorists can get angry or fail to see bicycle operators entering turn lanes and run them over.
“(2) When preparing for a left turn at an intersection or into a private road or driveway [a bicyclist will be excused from remaining to the far right of the road].” [Emphasis].
Three primary unsafe turns exist in bicycle collision cases:
If you or someone close to you was injured in part by a driver failing to obey the Vehicle Code, you might have a negligence per se claim above your ordinary reckless or negligence motorist claims. Our bicycle accident attorneys will listen to your side, giving you free legal advice.
Drivers must not disobey any official traffic sign, signal, or control device. If so, they may receive a traffic ticket, with the infraction causing one point on their DMV driver’s record according to CVC §38280.
Speed is often a factor in moving violations causing accidents. No person shall drive a vehicle on state highways at speeds more significant than a reasonably prudent person considering weather, visibility, road traffic, and the road surface, including highway width, while never endangering public safety by speeding.
Bicycles have no duty for riders to travel as fast as cars or motorcycles. But under CVC §21202 “(a) Any person operating a bicycle upon a roadway at speed less than the normal speed of traffic moving in the same direction at that time shall ride as close as practicable to the right-hand curb or edge of the roadway … “ (Exceptions exist).
The most common causes of bicycle crash in L.A. include:
Riding your bike is most dangerous between the hours of 3:00 pm to 6 pm.
From 2016-2019 the Top 7 Most dangerous times to ride your bicycle in LA was:
11,535 riders suffering bicycle accidents were males, with 1,545 victims ages 19 and under. Roadway accidents are tragically more serious among less visible, smaller, school-aged children.
Child Bicycle Helmet Law: Bicyclists 18 years old or less must wear DOT-approved helmets. (codified under CVC §21212).
Child Bicycle Passenger Law: Children securely seated, four-years-old or less, or weighing 40 pounds or less may ride as bicycle passengers, but they must receive protection from moving parts. (Source C.H.P. “Common Causes of Bicycle Accidents.”).
What About the Blind Spots of Big Rigs and Bicycle Accidents?
TIP: Bike riders should avoid buses and big rigs like the plague.
Throughout LA County, bikers face serious injuries or wrongful death, including:
Ehline Law Firm Personal Injury Attorneys, APLC will help you secure fair and full financial compensation for your moderate to serious bicycle accident injuries.
Our pure Comparative negligence system allows both parties in a bicycle accident to receive a damages award, reduced by their percentage of fault. The state will not reduce your insurance claim through your employer based on your fault, but worker’s injury insurance won’t compensate everything.
Ehline is an expert on negligence per se, including local municipal codes and “bicycle” Vehicle Code. We use our knowledge by gaining leverage, trying to establish a negligence presumption.
*Riders must obey most road rules applying to automobiles. (See safety tips here).
*No law exists requiring bicycle rider liability insurance. (Read more about Pure Comparative Negligence).
You must immediately retain a lawyer, so you can protect your case and safeguard evidence. Your lawyer will be able to gather vital evidence, including Traffic Collision Investigation Reports (police report), ambulance and medical records, witness statements, surveillance video, and they can mail parties a demand for preservation of evidence.
The law also limits your amount of time to bring a lawsuit.
A Los Angeles-based bicycle accident attorney can deal directly handle insurance company negotiations. Insurance adjusters and big, self-insured corporations will lowball victims or play games. Their goal is to run the statute of limitations.
Minors may require legal power of attorney documents, conservatorships, or guardianship assistance, including special needs trusts. Third-party creditors will often be interested parties during survival action claims. The superior, compassionate Ehline Law Firm’s personal injury attorneys can help guide this technical process.
Everyone, including bicyclists, owes others a duty of reasonable care. When citizens, residents, or foreigners breach their duty and cause someone to suffer severe injuries, including death or property damage, they are “negligent.” (Read more). These careless parties will be held accountable by a judge, mediator, or insurance company. (Read more).
Rider awareness means staying safe. Because your bike accident injuries can be severe and astounding, even when liable parties offer payment, you will experience difficulty calculating, barring fair settlement.
Our Los Angeles bicycle lawyers have in-depth knowledge of calculating high-value insurance claims worth tens of millions of dollars. Our team’s veteran experience comes to bear, working with expert witnesses to ensure catastrophic injury victims recover maximum compensation.
Our clients deserve lifetime disability justice, paying financial, tangible losses like medical care, lost income, intangible and other losses including pain, suffering, and inconvenience.
We offer potential clients a free case review and never charge upfront personal injury attorneys-fees. Ehline Law’s outstanding lawyers will valiantly seek your trust, instilling hope for better days, despite your perilous situation. Our highly professional, skilled, and dedicated Los Angeles bicycle accident lawyers will help you win just compensation for your gargantuan losses no matter what.
We regularly obtain landmark settlements and verdicts for our clients. We won’t yield to the insurance company, never hesitating to file your lawsuit if they lowball you. For assistance with a bicycle accident claim in Southern California or nationwide, call (213) 596-9642 or contact us online.
*Figures equal three-year SWITRS study period provided by TIMS, Safe Trec (2016-2019).
(See also, “A Case-Control Study of the Effectiveness of Bicycle Safety Helmets,” Robert S. Thompson, M.D., Frederick P. Rivara, M.D., M.P.H., and Diane C. Thompson, M.S. N Engl J Med 1989; 320:1361-1367, May 25, 1989).
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