Bicycle Accident Attorney in LA
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In a busy and crowded city like Pasadena, many people use their bicycles to commute and get around traffic. However, when a bicycle accident involving a motor vehicle occurs, bicyclists are at increased risk for significant injuries.
If you have been the victim of a bicycle accident involving another vehicle, you may be entitled to financial compensation with the legal help of our Pasadena personal injury lawyer. At KP Law, we can thoroughly investigate your case, analyze the evidence gathered by law enforcement and use our team of expert witnesses to obtain your desired outcome.
Causes of Bicycle Accidents
Motor vehicle drivers have a responsibility to be aware of their surroundings at all times. Unfortunately, that is not always the case. Since bicyclists don’t possess the same amount of protection as an automobile driver, they are completely vulnerable to sustaining severe injuries such as traumatic brain injuries, spinal cord injuries, broken bones, lacerations, contusions, abrasions, scarring and disfigurement.
The common causes of bicycle accidents are the following:
- Distracted drivers, often due to cellphone usage while driving
- Drivers who fail to stop for a bicyclists at a cross walk
- Bicyclists who are sideswiped by an automobile attempting to turn at an intersection
- Drivers who fail to stop at a stop sign
- Bicyclists who are hit while riding on a sidewalk
- An automobile backing out of a driveway
- An automobile turning into a driveway
- An automobile encroaching into the bicycle lane
If a motorist has harmed you, call us at (866) 973-5691 today.
California Bicycle Laws
In general, bicyclists in California have the same rights and responsibilities as motor vehicle drivers. State bicycle laws are even part of the California Vehicle Code. If you are riding a bike and moving as fast as traffic, you are typically allowed to drive wherever you like. Drivers on the road must treat you like another vehicle. Slower cyclists can “take the lane” and ride as close to the right side of the road as possible, but they must use a bike lane whenever possible. Some cities and counties allow bicyclists to ride on sidewalks, as well.
No matter where you ride, negligent drivers can still fail to yield, drive under the influence, text and drive, or harm you with countless other behaviors.
If you’ve been hit by a car under these circumstances, do not hesitate to reach out for help.
Bicycle Safety Statistics
In 2018, 857 bicyclists were killed in traffic crashes in the United States. Cyclists are more likely to get hurt in car-bicycle accidents, so they should always try and protect themselves by wearing a helmet. In fact, all cyclists under the age of 18 in California are required to wear a helmet.
Additionally, most bicyclists are killed between 6 and 9 p.m. in urban areas, so bicycle safety lights can make riders more visible. Like other cars on the road, bicyclists should drive defensively. Bicyclists, however, will not be responsible when drivers fail to share the road.
Helping You Recover the Compensation You Deserve
Our team of committed Pasadena personal injury lawyers recognizes the devastating impact another person’s negligent actions can have on your life. With over 40 years of combined legal experience, we possess the in-depth knowledge of California law and court proceedings regarding your type of case. Let us fight for you while you recover from your injuries.
Contact our firm to schedule your free case evaluation today. Available 24/7.