Deaths in California attributable to bicycle accident are on the rise. Between 2011 and 2016, bicyclist deaths rose 25%. As a result, both bicyclists and drivers need to take safety precautions to avoid bicycle accidents resulting in injury and death.
Common causes of bicycle accidents include failure to yield the right of way, speeding, and not obeying traffic signs or signals. Both drivers and bicyclists must follow traffic rules, so both should take extra measures to keep everyone safe.
For instance, drivers should look behind them before turning, especially if they will pass over a bike lane during the turn. They also should use extra caution if they are backing up generally or backing out of a parking space. For both drivers and bicyclists, avoiding distractions such as cell phones while driving or cycling is essential to prevent accidents.
Furthermore, bicyclists should ride with the flow of traffic as much as possible and allow faster traffic to pass them. Bicyclists also could wear bright colors and use both front and back lights not only when it is dark outside (as is required by California law) but also during the day for additional visibility to vehicles. These lights should be white on the front and either solid or flashing red on the back of the bike. Finally, bicyclists should protect themselves by always wearing safety gear and using hand signals to notify drivers and others that they are turning or stopping. Although only bicyclists under the age of 18 are required to wear a helmet, adults can benefit from consistent helmet usage, as well.
When you have been injured in a bicycle accident, you need an attorney who can stand up for your interests from the outset of your personal injury claim. It is our goal to evaluate the facts and assess your potential claim. This step will allow you to explore your options and help you build the most substantial claim for compensation possible. Do not hesitate to contact Bonnici Law Group at 619-259-5199 today and set up an appointment to speak with us soon.