Did you know California leads the way in the most bicycle related accidents and deaths?
Through the hustle and bustle of busy Los Angeles traffic, having a bicycle can come in handy and in many cases, has become a lifestyle for many Angelenos. If you’re over the ages of 20, your chances of getting hit by a vehicle while riding a bike are very high.
According to the Governors Highway Safety Assn. between 2010 and 2012, there has been a steady increase in bicycle related deaths, by 16%. This has steadily progressed over the years and accounts for a bout 4% of California’s traffic related deaths. If you are a young male around 20 or older, your chances of a fatal accident have represented a steady 84%, since 2012.
If you’re a College student living in the Los Angeles area, you’re most likely on a budget, so you probably will be riding a bike. It’s important to head all traffic laws governing bike usage and to be wary of your surroundings. Often times other vehicles cannot see you in their blind spots, so wearing reflective gear, or making your presence known, is effective in avoiding a collision.
Keep these in mind:
- Follow all designated bike paths
- Wear reflective clothing
- Wear a helmet (ALWAYS)
- Avoid lane-splitting like motorcycles
- Scan your surroundings
- Follow all traffic laws
- Ensure safe distance from you and vehicles
- Perform proper maintenance on your bike
As of September 16, 2014, California Law has passed the Three Feet for Safety Act, which requires all motorists to provide at least three feet of distance when trying to pass bicyclists. This is now California Law and will be enforced. If you’ve been injured in a bike accident, your injuries may include: broken bones, lacerations, traumatic brain injuries, back injuries, neck injuries and even death.
If you’re the victim of a bike accident due to the negligence of another party, then you may be entitled to compensation for your injuries and recovery. Balali Law provides aggressive and swift legal representation for those suffering from injuries related to accidents of this nature. Balali Law can help you regain monetary compensation you deserve for your recovery.
If you’re experiencing any pain from a bicycle accident that left you with a catastrophic injury, then call a bicycle accident lawyer at the Law Office of Mark Balali Esq., at 310-431-9774, or contact us online and via social media.