There has recently been something of a bicycle revolution in the United States. Style trends in new wave urbanization have hit urban centers all across the country and Southern California has been no exception. Riding bikes has become cool for children and adults alike. Aside from this, increasing gas prices and environmental concerns have pushed municipalities to make themselves “green” by increasing bike lanes including on major thoroughfares all over Southern California. Bicycles in many cases have gone from recreational leisure vehicles to genuine modes of transportation for individuals. Factor in the year-round bike weather and the result is an unprecedented amount of bike ridership around our area. Unfortunately this also means a higher incidence of bicycle related accidents.
Just about every Vehicle Code in the country is in agreement, bicyclists have the same rights and responsibilities as a driver of a motor vehicle on the road. Yet many motorists seem to disregard how easy it is to run into a bicyclist and their vulnerability on the streets. The vast majority of bicycle related accidents occur in a crosswalk, a dedicated bike lane, or more generally when the bike rider is doing the right thing. Although serious biking accidents are far fewer than car, truck, or motorcycle accidents- they are increasing in frequency and can lead to just as serious repercussions and damages for the victims. Many people believe bike accidents are the result of reckless bike riders but this notion is simply untrue. Most bicyclists ride incredibly defensively to look out for car traffic, pedestrians, potholes, loose gravel, opening car doors, and other road hazards. A bicycle accident or a bicycle-car collision can be serious and you will need the advice of an experienced personal injury lawyer from Custodio & Dubey to represent your interests and help you recover for the damages you have suffered as a result of the accident.
Only about 1/3 of all bicycle accidents involve other motor vehicles but they are overwhelmingly the majority of accidents that cause bike riders serious injury and fatality. Consequently the majority of the time it is the driver of the motor vehicle is at fault for the collision. The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration records show that in 2011 a reported 48,000 bicyclists were injured in traffic accidents in the United States and 677 were killed. As bike riders everywhere can attest, drivers of cars and trucks simply do not respect the rights of cyclists, do not pay proper attention to their surroundings, and do not look for cyclists when attempting moves that can endanger their a cyclist on the road. Cyclists are seriously injured or killed by motorists that make right turns directly in front of oncoming bicyclists, do not check blind spots when changing lanes, sideswipe cyclists riding on the shoulder, open doors in front of them, drive under the influence of alcohol or drugs, fail to stop at stop signs, pull out from driveways or side streets without looking, or other reckless and negligent driving that endangers cyclists. Again, motorists are often ignorant of the California laws protecting bicyclists and entitling them same rights to use the streets as motorists.
As a victim of a bicycle accident you may be entitled to compensation on the bases of the negligence of another driver, the owner of the vehicle or the driver’s employer, as well as the city or bike manufacturer depending on the circumstances. The personal injury attorneys at Custodio & Dubey are aggressive litigators that will push for the maximum compensation for your injuries and loss. Our sophisticated legal practice covers all of our client’s bases and protects them from the low-ball offers and delay tactics scurrilous insurance companies employ to bamboozle them unwitting and unrepresented victims.
If you or a loved one are involved in a bicycle accident and sustain serious injury or loss you should contact the offices of Custodio & Dubey without hesitation. The personal injury attorneys at Custodio & Dubey are some of the best and brightest with tremendous experience in these matters and a track record of getting the best results for their clients in the most efficient and professional manner. Call toll free at (213) 785-2909 for a free consultation of your case anytime. You can also fill out our online consultation form and an attorney will contact you as soon as possible.