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Wheel in an Attorney for a Bicycle Accident

Whether you are riding a bicycle for leisure, for exercise, or for training, the rules of the road still apply. According to the Department of Motor Vehicles, “more than 100 people are killed and hundreds of thousands more are injured in bicycle collisions” (dmv.gov, 2016). As a cyclist on the road, it is important to keep in mind that we all have the same rights and responsibilities as motorists. Although, many cyclists tend to forget that they must follow the basic road rules as well, which often leads to injuries or deaths of the cyclist. Bike laws are not the same in every state of the U.S. However, riding a bicycle on a road that is shared with vehicles can be just as dangerous regardless of the state you are in. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention published data from 2013 that indicated “over 900 bicyclists were killed and there were an estimated 494,000 emergency department visits due to bicycle-related injuries” (cdc.gov, 2016). If you’ve been involved in a bicycle accident and are suffering from injuries caused by the recklessness of driver, you may be entitled to seek damages. Please call the personal injury attorneys at One Law Group in...

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“Salmoning”- Unsafe For Everyone On The Road

Bicycle Accidents Beverly Hills Attorney

[vc_row triangle_shape="no"][vc_column][vc_column_text] “Salmoning”- Unsafe For Everyone On The Road [/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space height="10px"][vc_column_text]Salmon swim upstream from their river, primitively rebelling against the current. They do this because it is a requirement for them in order to breed new life. Lately, we find that bicyclists are often being referred to as “salmon”; they are following the correct traffic laws by riding in the bicycle lane, but are riding in the opposite direction of traffic. However, this is not due to natural instincts or for breeding purposes, the reason they do this is somewhat unclear and even more importantly- unsafe for everyone on the road around them.[/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space height="22px"][vc_column_text]The growing popularity of bicycling in the opposite direction of traffic (“salmoning”) in the bike lane poses serious and life threatening risks for both drivers and bicyclists, especially in California. This is because bicycle riders in California are entitled to the same rights as other vehicles, therefore they must follow the same rules. If bicyclists break the rules and someone is harmed, they can be held liable for injuries and damages just like anyone else who breaks the law. Try to think of it this way: what if a car was driving on the wrong side of the freeway,...

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Improving Bicycle Safety in California

Bicycle Accident Injury Beverly Hills

[vc_row triangle_shape="no"][vc_column][vc_column_text] Bicycle Safety in CA [/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space height="10px"][vc_column_text]Did you know that California is considered one of the most dangerous states for bikers? According to the Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA), California leads all other states in deaths due to bicycle accidents. In fact, the report states that from 2010-2012, there were 338 bicyclist deaths due to crashes with other motor vehicles on the road. The bottom line is that California, along with just four other states, made up over half of all biking collision deaths in the United States alone.[/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space height="22px"][vc_column_text]338 may not seem like a lot to most people, but in comparison to other states with less than 5 bicycling deaths per year, it is actually quite shocking. Many people believe this large number has to do with how highly populated California is when in fact, the numbers are not due a large population but rather a spike in biking popularity within the last few years. California has definitely seen an increase in health and environmental consciousness, which unfortunately comes with its downfalls: more risks and hazards for biking fanatics.[/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space height="22px"][vc_column_text]Whether other drivers on the road are just more distracted, choose to ignore or forget to check for bicyclists around them, or...

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