Most people who bicycle on a regular basis are aware of the potential dangers. Here in Southern California, bicycling is more popular than ever. Sadly, no amount of awareness seems to be enough to protect bicyclists from tragic collisions with automobiles.
If you are injured in a bicycle accident, Zarabi Law can help you down the road to recovery. Our California bicycle accident attorney can help you negotiate insurance claims, file a personal injury lawsuit if necessary, and ensure that you get the compensation you deserve.
Bicycle Accidents in California
California roadways are congested. There is a consistent flow of traffic between our cities and towns, often causing gridlock. Even our sidewalks are congested as more people walk, bicycle, or use scooters to get around.
Unfortunately, bicyclists in California have little in the way of protection. Some cities have installed dedicated bicycle lanes, but even those efforts seem to be futile. In 2018, the number of bicycle accident deaths increased to the highest level it has been in 25 years. From 2016 to 2018, 455 bicyclists were killed on California roadways. Hundreds of thousands of people were injured in these accidents. California ranked higher than all other states in terms of bicycle accidents, injuries, and related deaths.
Causes of Bicycle Accidents
In California, the majority of bicycle deaths occur when an automobile collides with a bicycle. Most often, these accidents are the result of the automobile driver:
- Making an improper lane change
- Making an illegal turn
- Ignoring traffic lights and stop signs
- Opening a car door without looking for bicyclists
- Being distracted by phone, radio, food, etc.
- Failing to obey basic traffic rules
- Failing to yield at intersections, crosswalks, and traffic signals
Because bicycles offer little in the way of protecting the rider from an impact with a car or truck, bicyclists often suffer serious injuries in accidents. Some of the most common injuries reported among bicyclists include:
- Head injuries
- Spinal cord injuries
- Neck injuries
- Broken bones
- Internal bleeding/damage
Call a Bicycle Accident Attorney
Call Zarabi Law now at 213-335-2984 to find out more about your options. Working with a skilled bicycle accident attorney is the best way of getting the compensation you deserve without the headache of fighting the insurance company on your own.
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