Bicycle Accident

Look Out For Bicycle Riders And Share The Road

By Joseph Low on October 13, 2016 - Comments off

bike-riderPeople in the city of Long Beach love their bicycles – and with good reason! Southern California boasts a wonderful climate year-round, and riding a bike is an efficient way to travel around town and also to get some exercise. There is a downside though, and that is that bicyclists face a great deal of more risk to their safety than other motorists on the road.

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California Bicycle Accidents By the Numbers

By Joseph Low on September 28, 2015 - Comments off

Bike AccidentsAccording to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), 743 people were killed in bicycle accidents in 2013. That number is close to the recent peak of 772 deaths in 2006 and significantly higher than the 682 deaths reported in 2011.

Overall, bicyclists account for just over two percent of all people killed or injured in car crashes each year – but they account for significantly less than two percent of the traffic on U.S. roads.  Distracted driving claims the lives of many bicyclists each year as motorists fail to share the road safely. Read the rest »

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During Back to School Season, Practice Sharing the Road Safely With Bicyclists

By Joseph Low on August 9, 2015 - Comments off

Back to School on BikesStudents all over southern California will soon be heading back to school. Many children will exercise newfound independence by riding their bikes to school, as well as to sports practices, friends’ homes, and other places and events. Read the rest »

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Plan Ahead: Check the Weather to Reduce the Risk of California Bicycle Accidents

By Joseph Low on July 9, 2015 - Comments off

California Bicycle SafetyWhether you’re running errands on your bicycle or planning a longer trip, checking the weather before you head out is a wise move when you’re bicycling in southern California.  Experienced California accident lawyers know how often weather conditions can affect not only the behavior of drivers, but also the operation of equipment like bicycles and the quality of the roadways.

Here are just a few of the ways in which sudden storms and other summer weather can affect bicyclists, increasing the risk of an accident, according to the Federal Highway Administration: Read the rest »

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Quick Facts about California Bicycle Safety

By Joseph Low on June 15, 2015 - Comments off

Bicycle Safety As of 2014, California led the nation in bicycle accidents.  With one of the largest populations of any state and hundreds of miles of bike lanes and bike trails, California’s place at the top of the bicycle accident and death list isn’t surprising – but it is a ranking that experienced southern California bicycle injury lawyers watch closely.

Just how many bicycle accidents occur in California each year – and how do they stack up to the national averages?  Here are some quick facts: Read the rest »

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Long Beach Launches Beach Streets Events to Encourage Cycling

By Joseph Low on May 20, 2015 - Comments off

Long Beach Bike InjuryLong Beach already holds the title of one of the most Bicycle Friendly Cities in Southern California, but in an effort to increase the use of bicycles and public transportation further, the city will host its own version of “CicLAvia” – an open street event that shuts down select streets to automobiles.

The Beach Streets event will allow cyclists and pedestrians to explore local neighborhoods, socialize with family and friends, and listen to live music, all while enjoying a more eco-friendly, health-conscious form of transportation. The hope is that by participating in the city-sponsored community events, residents will be more likely to take advantage of the Long Beach’s bicycle-friendly roads on a more frequent basis. Read the rest »

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Do Bicycle Helmets Really Help Reduce the Risk of Serious Head Injuries?

By Joseph Low on May 5, 2015 - Comments off

Long Beach Bike AccidentCalifornia currently leads the nation in injury-causing bicycle accidents suffered every year.  With great weather and miles upon miles of bike lanes and trails, many California communities are great for cyclists.

California law requires bicyclists under age 18 to wear a helmet, and experienced California bicycle accident lawyer at The Law Firm of Joseph H. Low IV strongly encourages all riders to wear properly-fitting helmets designed specifically for bicycling.  Many riders still avoid helmets, however, because they believe that a helmet will not prevent a head injury or reduce the severity of an injury if a bicycle crash occurs. Read the rest »

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California Considers Bill to Mandate Bicycle Helmets

By Joseph Low on April 6, 2015 - Comments off

Long Beach Bicycle AccidentCalifornia currently leads the nation in bicycle accident deaths, raising concerns among many avid bicyclists as well as experienced California bicycle accident lawyers. Bike crashes in California have increased in recent years even as similar crashes in other states have decreased.

In response to these growing concerns, state senator Carol Liu (D-La Canada Flintridge) recently introduced a bill into the state Senate that would require California bicyclists to wear helmets. SB 192 would amend California’s Vehicle Code to require everyone to wear a helmet while “operating a bicycle, riding on a bicycle as a passenger, or riding in a trailer towed by a bicycle.” Bicyclists caught breaking this law could be fined $25. Read the rest »

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Avoiding the Most Common Bicycle Accident Injuries

By Joseph Low on February 3, 2015 - Comments off

Bicycle accident cases have increased in California in recent years, raising the concerns of many experienced California personal injury lawyers.

The most common bicycle accident injuries include damage to the head and brain, spinal cord injuries, and broken bones. Any of these injuries can cause severe pain, lingering impairments, and significant difficulties, some of which may last a lifetime. In the worst cases, severe bicycle accident injuries result in death.

Here are some ways to help reduce your risk of severe injuries and protect yourself when you’re out riding. When you drive, avoid distractions behind the wheel and always scan for bicyclists as well as cars – especially at intersections, where bicyclists are most difficult to see. Read the rest »

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California Leads Nation in Bicycle Accident Deaths

By Joseph Low on January 6, 2015 - Comments off

Long Beach Bike CrashBicycle accident deaths are on the rise, and California currently leads the country in deaths, according to a recent article in the LA Times.

The Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA) recently released a report examining bicycle accident injuries and deaths throughout the fifty states. The report found that between 2010 and 2012, the rate of fatal injury in bicycle crashes increased by 16 percent.  California lost 338 bicyclists between 2010 and 2012, and Florida lost 329 – the two highest totals among the U.S. states. Read the rest »

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