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Category: Bicycle Accidents

Pandemic Sends Cycling Soaring – and Accidents Too

February 19, 2021

With the coronavirus pandemic and shelter-in-place orders keeping more people off the road and a lack of anything better to do driving people to reconsider the value in exercise and the great outdoors, more and more bicyclists are taking to the streets in Los Angeles. The swell in activity has given rise, however, to an increase in accidents for cyclists. With fatality rates reaching an all-time high in Los Angeles, understanding your options after an accident has never been more important. If you’ve recently been involved in a bicycle crash, you should contact an experienced Los Angeles bicycle accident attorney at our firm. According to a study conducted by Canadian engineering firm Eco-Counter, the U.S. has seen a 21 percent increase in urban area ridership since the pandemic began. In a later survey by PeopleForBikes, it was estimated that as many as 9 percent of U.S. adults rode a bike…

What Are My Rights as a Bicyclist in Los Angeles?

January 8, 2021

With California’s year-round sunny disposition, more and more commuters are taking to bicycling to get around town in Los Angeles. However, the influx of cyclists on the road, coupled with an increase in traffic from automobiles and other transit like scooters and buses, means accidents are increasingly likely to happen. Knowing your rights as a cyclist – both before and once a bike accident occurs – can be beneficial in helping you recover after an injury. An experienced Los Angeles bicycle accident attorney can advise what your rights would entitle you to and help you navigate a personal injury lawsuit after a bicycle accident. Knowing your rights as a cyclist who has been involved in an accident will give you a sense of how much compensation you are entitled to pursue from the at-fault driver. Along with covering property damage to your bike, medical expenses, and lost earnings, you may…

Common Causes of Bicycle Accidents in California

November 16, 2020

In Los Angeles, more and more commuters are taking to bicycles to get around town. Looking to beat traffic and take advantage of California’s well-tempered climate, biking is both a fun leisure activity and has become a common way to get around an increasingly congested city. However, with cars, bikes, and other modes of transportation sharing the road, bike accidents are occurring more frequently. If you’ve been involved in an accident, seek the advice of a Los Angeles bicycle accident attorney. They can advise how you might move forward with damages for your injuries.  Usually, victims of bicycle accidents will be able to recover their medical expenses and lost wages. If the accident was significant or severe, the cyclist may additionally wish to pursue personal injury damages for pain and suffering or loss of enjoyment. If the accident resulted in the cyclist’s wrongful death, their family may be able to…

How is Fault Determined After a Bicycle Accident in Los Angeles?

September 1, 2020

Los Angeles is becoming increasingly scary for bicyclists as the advent of smartphones makes drivers more careless on the road. When a car and a bicycle crash, both parties will often try to assign blame to the other: The cyclist might allege the driver wasn’t paying attention or was overly aggressive, while the driver will likely argue that the cyclist was pedaling too close to the road. Fortunately, determining fault in a bicyclist accident often revolves around California’s laws regarding the duty of care, and an experienced Los Angeles bicycle accident attorney can help you argue for your rights. To understand how fault is determined after a bicycling accident in California, we outline the state’s duty of care laws and attempt to resolve any questions you might have regarding your particular case. Drivers in California Have a Duty of Care In California, drivers have a legal duty of care to…

Bike Accidents: Why Are They Such a Problem in Los Angeles?

August 17, 2020

While a substantial portion of Los Angeles commuters choose to get around on bikes, that doesn’t mean the city is safe for cyclists. The hours-long traffic jams, pristine weather, and mostly flat streets make the city ideal for commuting via bike — yet Los Angeles constantly lands itself on ‘worst places to bike’ lists by industry magazines and associations. What accounts for the discrepancy? Based on what our Los Angeles bicycle accident attorney has learned, it’s the city’s inability to curb the incidence of fatal accidents involving cyclists.  Los Angeles has recently tried to address safety concerns by improving roadway conditions, and the city has even increased funding devoted to safety projects. With many measures inspired by Vision Zero, a Swedish concept focused on increasing safe travel for all roadway users (including cars and cyclists) when implementing these programs, the mayor of L.A. proclaimed that they were designed to reduce…

California Bike Deaths are Higher Than Ever

August 4, 2020

Though biking has become more prevalent in California, the state is experiencing an unprecedented amount of cycling deaths, undoubtedly caused by an uptick of cars on the road due to the advent of ridesharing apps. California’s spike in bike fatalities mirrors that of the rest of the nation, though it remains disproportionate in terms of the population. According to data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, there are about 3.9 bike accident fatalities per million people – a rate higher than California has seen since the mid-1990s, before many cities – including Los Angeles – built extensive bike networks designed to encourage safety. Compared to the national average of 2.6 deaths per million people, California should certainly be looking for safer biking solutions.  Why Has Biking Become So Dangerous in California? When it comes to examining why bike deaths are on the rise in California, experts agree that several…

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