Eisenberg Law Group
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Los Angeles Bicycle Accident Lawyer
Bicycles are en vogue as more people deviate away from pollutive automobiles in favor of comparably clean commuting that provides an opportunity to exercise and breathe in the fresh air. Furthermore, people are looking for every opportunity to go outside without coming into contact with others who might transmit coronavirus. However, riding a bike is inherently dangerous. The NHTSA states nearly 900 bicyclists pass away due to traffic accidents each year in the U.S. alone. This is precisely why everyone who rides a bike should pay close attention to all of the laws that pertain to bicycle riding.
Our lawyers enjoy bike riding just as much as everyone else. We have gone to great lengths to understand the nuances of bicycle laws in order to properly advocate on behalf of those injured in biking accidents. Sadly, local drivers often refuse to share the road with bicyclists and cause accidents. Our attorneys’ passion for biking gives us unique insight into the nuances of these unique collisions, the resulting injuries and litigation. Our mission is to maximize your compensation to make you financially whole after this terrible event.
Bicycle Laws in California
California law state those riding bicycles have the same responsibilities and rights as those driving automobiles. California’s Vehicle Code states an individual riding a must obey the same rules as vehicle drivers. It is particularly interesting that the California Vehicle Code mandates those who drive a vehicle when passing a bicyclist moving in the same direction are required to do so with a safe amount of space, meaning the pass must not jeopardize the safety of the individual riding the bike. The operator of a vehicle that attempts to pass a bike rider in the same direction is required to keep a minimum of three feet between the bike rider and his or her vehicle.
Though few know it, the state’s Vehicle Code states bicyclists are required to ride in the direction that traffic is moving. This means bike riders are required to ride along the right side with other vehicles.
The letter of the law states bike riders are required to ride within the bike lane when it is possible to do so. However, there are some exceptions:
- The bike rider is passing another car, bike or person
- Approaching an intersection to turn left
- Preparing to turn left into a private driveway or road
- Approaching an area where authorized to make a right turn, when it is reasonable to exit the bike lane to avoid hazards or debris
Bicycle Safety Laws
California bicyclists are required to wear a helmet if under the age of 18. Furthermore, bicyclists must have their lights on when riding at night. In fact, state law goes as far as stating the bike must have a lamp with a white light for nighttime riding. State law also indicates there must be a flashing red light or solid red light containing a reflector along the back part of the bike. In fact, the law goes as far as stating there must be a yellow or white reflector on the bike rider’s shoe, pedal or ankle. Furthermore, there must be a yellow or white reflector on the bike’s sides in front of the center portion along with a red or white reflector on the sides along the bike’s back center portion.
Can Bicyclists Ride on the Sidewalk?
California law states bike riders are not always permitted to ride along the sidewalk. The state’s law empowers local governments to create their own rules and ordinances pertaining to bike riding on sidewalks. Our legal team is here to research local municipality, city and county laws to determine the specific rules and ordinances regarding riding a bike on a sidewalk.
Fault for Failure to Follow California Bicycle Laws
If you get into an accident while riding your bike, do not assume you are automatically at fault just because you might not have followed the nuanced rules listed above. After all, most people are not aware of the details of these complex laws. California bike riders are held to the standards for negligence applicable to those who drive vehicles. What matters most is if you acted as a reasonable individual would in such a situation. If so, our legal team will fiercely advocate on your behalf to ensure you are not found at fault.
We are here to determine if you have solid legal footing for a negligence claim against another person or party. Contact us today to schedule a no-cost consultation. You will not pay a penny to our attorneys unless we win your case.
The Causes of Bike Accidents
Bike accidents are caused by all sorts of factors including but not limited to the following:
The following bike accident injures are particularly common:
When can Legal Action be Taken?
California law states those injured in biking accidents are permitted to recover both non-economic and economic damages. Examples of economic damages include medical expenses pertaining to equipment, treatment and medication. Economic damages also include lost wages and property damage.
Damages of the non-economic variety include but are not limited to emotional pain, inconvenience, reduced quality of life, physical pain, grief and mental anguish. Our legal team is here to ensure you obtain as much money as possible for each type of damage in full accordance with the law.
How to Proceed After Your Bike Accident
The first thing to do is check everyone’s well-being. If anyone is in considerable pain, contact emergency medical providers for assistance. Reach out to the police so a formal report can be filed. Write down or take snapshots of the driver’s licenses, insurance information and vehicle information (such as license plates) of all parties involved in the accident. Take down the names and contact information of every party. Be sure to take pictures of the damage to your bike, your body, vehicles and the closest intersection.
Our Law Firm is on Your Side
Reach out to our law firm for a no-obligation, no-cost appointment. You can reach the Eisenberg Law Group by dialing 818-591-8058. If you prefer to contact us by email, send a message to Office@gcelaw.com. You can also fill out our contact form and we will reach out to you at our earliest convenience.