BICYCLE, PEDESTRIAN, AUTO ACCIDENT
Hundreds if not thousands of Bicycle Accidents occur yearly in the city of Los Angeles.
The CDC reports that in 2013, 900 bicyclists were killed and over 494,000 emergency department visits were as a result of bicycle accidents. Cyclists just like drivers must follow the rules of the road. In addition to following traffic laws, bicyclists have to exercise ordinary care for the safety of themselves and others.
California Vehicle Code Section 21200 (a) states:
"A person riding a bicycle or operating a pedicab upon a highway has all the rights and is subject to all the provisions applicable to the driver of a vehicle by this division, including, but not limited to, provisions concerning driving under the influence of alcoholic beverages or drugs..."
State Law Firm, Apc. advocates for cyclists who use a bicycle, whether as a sport, passion or means of transportation. We understand cyclist rights and can assist when a bicyclist is involved in an accident. Our Personal Injury Attorney will fight to get you compensated to make you whole again.
Bicycle accidents can occur in many ways including the negligence of a motor vehicle driver changing lanes, running a stop sign, sideswiping, having road rage, or making an unsafe vehicle movement resulting in an auto vs. bicycle accident.
Serious injuries and even death can arise as a result of a bicyclist being hit by a car. Bicycle-vehicle accidents can happen in many instances including abrupt left-hand and right-hand turns at an intersection resulting in injury. Some of the injuries suffered by bicyclists being hit by a car include:
- Broken Bones
- Head Trauma
- Spinal Cord Injury
- Leg Injury
- Leg Amputation
- Head Injuries
- Traumatic Brain Injury
- Skull Injury
- Skull Fractures
- Brain Damage
- Cuts, Scrapes, Bruises
- Organ Injuries
- Road Rash
In many bicycles vs. auto accident, disputes arise as to liability. An experienced personal injury attorney can assist in these situations. State Law Firm, Apc. can provide assistance or a FREE CONSULTATION if you are involved in a bicycle accident. As California is a pure comparative fault state, each party can be liable for their respective comparative or contributory fault.
Accidents can occur as a result of a:
- Vehicle merging into the path of cyclist
- Vehicle turning across the path of a cyclist
- Cyclist being hit by a vehicle as a result of riding off a pavement
- Cyclist and motor vehicle driver sharing lanes
- Vehicles making turns to and from main streets
- Cyclists making turns to and from main streets
- Children riding bicycles in residential streets
- Failure by cyclists or motorists from paying attention
- Bicycle hit-and-run by motorist
- Bicycle hit while riding in Bicycle Lane
- Parking lot bicycle-vehicle accident
- Open Door Accident
- Vehicle reversing into Bicyclist
- Unsafe road condition
Bicycle riders have standards that their bicycles must meet when riding at night such as light and reflectors. California Vehicle Code Section 21201 states:
"...(d) A bicycle operated during darkness upon a highway, a sidewalk where bicycle operation is not prohibited by the local jurisdiction, or a bikeway, as defined in Section 890.4 of the Streets and Highways Code, shall be equipped with all of the following:
(1) A lamp emitting a white light that, while the bicycle is in motion, illuminates the highway, sidewalk, or bikeway in front of the bicyclist and is visible from a distance of 300 feet in front and from the sides of the bicycle.
(2) A red reflector ora solid or flashing red light with a built-in reflector on the rear that shall be visible from a distance of 500 feet to the rear when directly in front of lawful upper beams of headlamps on a motor vehicle.
(3) A white or yellow reflector on each pedal, shoe, or ankle visible from the front and rear of the bicycle from a distance of 200 feet.
(4) A white or yellow reflector on each side forward of the center of the bicycle, and a white or red reflector on each side to the rear of the center of the bicycle, except that bicycles that are equipped with reflectorized tires on the front and the rear need not be equipped with these side reflectors..."
Bicycle riding in California are uniform, meaning traffic laws under the California Vehicle Code (CVC) govern bicyclist riding. However individual cities and counties decide whether or not biking for instance on the sidewalk is allowed.
A bicycle rider may need an experienced personal injury attorney to assist in comparative fault bicycle-auto accident liability disputes. Call State Law Firm, Apc. for a FREE CONSULTATION and case evaluation if you are involved in a Bicycle-Auto accident.
If you are involved in a bicycle accident with a motorist you may be entitled to compensation not limited to:
- Medical treatment
- Future medical care
- Loss of income or earning capacity
- Loss of future earning ability
- Pain and Suffering
- Emotional Distress
- Temporary Disability
- Permanent Disability
- Rehabilitation or Vocational classes
- Disability equipment such as wheelchair
- Costs as a result of medical expenses caused by the incident
- Additional compensation...
The National HighwayTraffic Safety Administration reports that 2 percent of all traffic deaths and crash-related injuries in 2014 were cyclists. Most deaths occurred between 6p.m.-9p.m. If you or a loved one were involved in a Bicycle-auto accident contact State Law Firm, Apc. for a FREE CONSULTATION and case overview.
If you are involved in a bicycle or cycling v. auto accident make sure you take immediate action.
- Call 911 immediately
- Take photos of the incident/injuries
- Get witness information
- Obtain reasonable and necessary medical treatment
- Take notes or keep notes of the incident and how you feel
- Immediately contact State Law Firm, Apc.
An experienced personal injury attorney at State Law Firm, Apc. understands that catastrophic bicycle accidents can occur in California. We understand how to advocate for your rights if you have suffered a serious injury. A cyclist should contact a personal injury attorney before making any statements to the insurance company.
We are here to make you 100% healthy and made "whole" for the injuries you suffered as a result of a negligent driver. We can assist in making you fully compensated, not only for your medical bills but all resulting treatments needed as result of a bicycle-auto accident.
At State Law Firm, Apc. we understand a cyclist may rely on their bicycle as their primary method of transportation to and from work. In addition to your injuries, we understand your concern is transportation and making sure you are able to get compensated for your property damage.
If you have been injured by a motorist in an auto v. bicycle accident you are also entitled to compensation for your property damage.
You may be able to obtain reimbursement for property damage suffered to your:
- Electronic Device
- Cycling accessories
- Other property damaged as a result of the incident
Call State Law Firm, Apc. for a FREE CONSULTATION and EVALUATION so we can assist in getting you compensated today!
BICYCLIST LIABILITY ON SIDEWALK
Bicyclists who ride on the sidewalk must yield the right-of-way to pedestrians and partially blind pedestrians (with a predominately white cane or using a guide dog) that are walking within a crosswalk or intersection.
Irrespective of the sidewalk being are marked or unmarked pedestrians have a right-of-way, but also a duty of using due care for his or her safety. A pedestrian is also unable to suddenly "leave a curb or other place of safety and walk or run into the path of a vehicle [bicyclist] that is so close as to constitute an immediate hazard."
If a pedestrian has been hit as a result of a bicyclist, contact an experienced personal injury attorney. State Law Firm, Apc. understands the different types of liability imposed on pedestrians, cyclists, and motorists. Contact our office for a FREE CONSULTATION or CASE EVALUATION if you have been injured as a pedestrian, cyclist or motorist.