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Although the majority of bicycle accidents involve only the rider and happen when a rider loses control of the bike and crashes, the 11% of accidents involving cars have devastating results.
Over 800 bicycle injuries in the United States each year end in fatalities, with an average of 15 bicyclists killed each week in accidents involving motor vehicles.
Bicyclists who survive accidents with motor vehicles are likely to have serious injuries that require medical attention. Unfortunately, without the assistance of an attorney who specializes in bicycle accidents, it is difficult for victims to get the compensation that they need to pay for their treatment.
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At Century Park Law Group, everything we do is focused on obtaining the best possible result for every client we serve. From the thorough investigation of injury accidents to taking full advantage of available technology to expedite our clients' claims, we have built our California personal injury law firm to provide superior service and performance to clients throughout Southern California.
Liability and Fault in a Bike Accident
In California, a bicycle is considered a vehicle and subject to the same rules of the road as car drivers. Liability in a bicycle collision involves many factors such as:
Right-of-way in an intersection without traffic signals. Just as if two cars came into an intersection at the same time, which vehicle has the right of way depends on which vehicle comes to the intersection first. If both arrived at the same time, the vehicle to the right would have the right of way. If a minor street intersects a major street, traffic on the major street would have the right of way.
Right-of-way at a traffic signal. Whichever side has the green light has the right of way. Because traffic signals with sensors may have a difficult time detecting a bicycle due to its smaller size, a bicycle should never pass through a red light. If the light is not changing, the bicycle should either change to position in an attempt to activate the sensor or cross at the crosswalk.
Open car doors. Drivers who park and fail to check for approaching traffic may open their doors suddenly in front of a passing bicycle, causing them to crash.
Sideswiping. Impatient motorists who pass too closely to a bicycle may collide with it and injure the rider.
Fast right turns. Drivers who are distracted may suddenly realize that they are about to pass the street where they are supposed to turn. If their fast reflexes don’t include a quick check for bicycles, they may turn quickly into the bicycles path, causing a collision.
Distracted left turns. Drivers trying to make a left turn on a busy road are often paying close attention to oncoming traffic, trying to judge when there is a big enough gap in traffic for them to make their turn. Failing to account for slower-moving bicycles can result in drivers turning left into the bicycle’s path, causing the bicycle to hit the car, or turning as the bicycle is crossing and colliding with the bicycle.
Driving too close. Motorists who don’t properly account for the stopping speed of a bicycle or distracted drivers who do not see a bicycle stopping ahead of them can rear-end the bicycle, causing injury.
BICYCLE ACCIDENT LAWS
In addition to the rules of the road that bicyclists must obey just as automobile drivers do, there are a few bicycle-specific regulations in the California Vehicle Code that specify how and where you can ride your bicycle.
Some of these are:
Ride on the right. You must ride your bike as close to the right side of the road as possible except when:
- Preparing for a left turn
- Avoiding hazards
- If the lane is too narrow to share
- Approaching an area where right turns are authorized
Taking a lane. If you’re riding slower than traffic, but the lane is too narrow to share, you may take a lane. Although this is your legal right, take caution when doing so. Many motorists are unaware of this right and are unprepared for a slower-moving bicycle in a lane of traffic.
Use a bike lane. If the road that you are riding on has a bike lane, you must use it unless you are:
- Making a left turn
- Avoiding hazardous conditions
- Approaching an area where right turns are authorized
Ride with traffic. Just like motor vehicle drivers, you must ride on the right side of the roadway in the direction of traffic when riding a bicycle. Exceptions would be when:
- Making a legal left turn
- On a one-way street
- On narrow roads
- The right side of the road is closed for road construction
Observe different requirement for mopeds and high-speed electric bikes:
- Gas-powered bicycles and type-3 electric bicycles require helmets
- May not be operated by people under age 16
- May only be used on trails, bike paths or bike lanes if specifically allowed by local authorities
- May be used in bike lanes or separated bikeways adjacent to the roadway
Observe similar regulations for low-speed electric bicycles. Type 1 and 2 electric bicycles with top assisted speeds of 20 mph are allowed wherever pedal bicycles are allowed unless signage specifically prohibits electric bicycles.
Do not stop on or park a bicycle on a bicycle path.
Consult local city and county regulations to determine if it is legal to ride a bicycle on the sidewalk.
Do not ride your bicycle or motorized bicycle on prohibited freeways and expressways as determined by the California Department of Transportation or local authorities have
Do not cross a toll bridge on your bicycle unless specifically permitted to do so by the California Department of Transportation.
COLLECTING DAMAGES FROM A BICYCLE ACCIDENT
Damages are expenses or losses that you have incurred as a result of your injuries from the accident.
If you’ve been seriously injured in a bike accident in Los Angeles, you may be entitled to compensation for your damages, even if the driver is unknown.
The amount of your compensation would generally depend on the following factors:
Your injuries. Severe injuries tend to be awarded more compensation than minor injuries.
Lost wages. Your injuries from the accident may require you to miss work.
Medical treatment. If you have highly respected specialists working on your case, it is more likely to be taken seriously.
Pain and Suffering. Injuries that severely impact your quality of life deserve more consideration.
Nature of the Injury. Permanent injuries will cause future expenses, as opposed to temporary injuries, which will not.
Fault. Although some accidents have fault resting 100% on one party, the majority of accidents have shared fault, where each party partially contributed to the accident.
Future earnings. Some accidents will affect your ability to earn in the future.
An experienced Los Angeles bicycle lawyer will be able to advise you as to where to seek compensation. Depending on fault, you may be able to seek compensation from:
The driver’s insurance. Depending on the driver’s coverage and determination of fault, this may cover all of your needs.
Your car insurance. Most people don’t realize that their uninsured/underinsured motorist (UM/UIM) liability coverage will usually cover them in a bicycle accident with a motor vehicle, even if they weren’t driving at the time.
The city or town. If external factors, such as a faulty drain cover, or raised pavement contributed to the accident, the local government may be determined to be partially at fault.
The driver. If your injuries exceed the amount of insurance coverage and the accident is the driver’s fault, you may be able to file suit against him or her directly.
Increasing Your Compensatory Amount in a Bike Accident Claim
No matter what the specifics of your accident are, the actions that you take afterward can directly affect the amount of compensation you receive. You only have one body and you need proper compensation in order to make the fullest recovery possible.
Insurance companies are not impartial. They are for-profit agencies whose objective is to make as much money as possible. They do this by taking in as much money as they can, while paying out as little as possible.
Some actions you can take to maximize the value of your claim are:
- Call the police as soon as possible. Any accident involving a bicycle rider and a car is serious. Having a collision report from the scene helps to verify your story. The officer will ask questions and make observations that may be otherwise overlooked.
- Collect as much evidence as possible at the scene of the accident. This includes:
- Exchanging contact and insurance information with the driver. Photos of the driver’s license and insurance card are helpful, along with his or her phone number.
- Minimizing conversation with the driver. Anything that you say may be used against you, so it is best to say as little as possible. Be sure to avoid apologizing or admitting guilt in any way.
- Taking photos of the scene of the accident. If possible, take photos of the car(s) and bicycle before they are moved off of the road and record any fresh damage. Be sure photos include the car’s license plate. Photograph any injuries or skid marks on the road. If you left the scene without taking photos, return as soon as possible to see if there are any marks on the road, or anything about the signage, road layout or condition that may have been a factor in the accident.
- Write down or record the details of the accident as soon as possible. Details that you may think are indelible may fade from memory as time passes, so it is best to capture them as soon as you can. Try to include anything that the driver said to you. Try to be as thorough as possible. It’s easy to remove unneeded information later, but impossible to add details that you’ve forgotten later.
- Get contact information from any witnesses to the accident. Having a third party’s testimony may be invaluable if the driver remembers the details of the accident differently than you do.
LEGAL REPRESENTATION AFTER A BIKE ACCIDENT
If you have been injured in a bicycle accident, or if you lost a loved one in a bicycle accident, it’s important to act soon to protect your claim and get the compensation that you need in order to make the best recovery possible or cover expenses and provide for loved ones left behind.
Century Park Law Group listens to your concerns and dedicates the time and resources necessary to learn everything we can so we can build the strongest possible case for you. Our 99% success rate and five-star reviews across the internet show that our methods work.
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