Bicycle Accident

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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Four Ways to Reduce Your Risk of Bicycle Accidents

By Joseph Low on June 3, 2014 - Comments off

Bicycling offers great benefits. It’s good exercise, offers a great deal of fun, cuts your transportation costs, and reduces your impact on the environment while still allowing you to travel where you want to go. Like any mode of transportation, however, bicycling poses some risks. By knowing what the risks are, you can take steps to avoid them, decreasing your chances of serious injury.

Here are four ways to reduce your risk of bicycle crashes the summer:

  • Change your route.  In a car, you probably use the busier “feeder roads” to get where you’re going, like most people.  On a bicycle, however, skip these roads in favor of less congested streets with bicycle lanes and paths through safe neighborhoods.  Try to reduce your exposure to busy streets.
  • Signal your turns.  Let drivers know you’re about to turn by signaling with your arms.  If you’re signaling a left turn, check your mirror or glance behind you to make sure you’re not sticking your left arm straight into the path of a passing car. Read the rest »

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It’s National Bike Safety Month: Don’t Become a Statistic

By Joseph Low on May 8, 2014 - Comments off

May is National Bike Safety Month, and communities throughout California and the United States are marking the occasion by improving their bicycle safety.

Bicycle safety is a major concern in Long Beach and other areas. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), bicycle accidents are one of the few categories of traffic crashes that haven’t experienced decreases in recent years. Instead, the number of bicycle accidents on U.S. roads has held steady or actually increased.

Here are a few more sobering statistics about bicycling: Read the rest »

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Bicycle Accidents Affecting Children: Know the Facts

By Joseph Low on March 4, 2014 - Comments off

Learning to ride a bicycle represents a major accomplishment and rite of passage for many California children, but the activity also carries risks. Knowing what the most common dangers are can help you protect the children in your life from bicycle accident injuries. For more information about you and your child’s legal rights after an accident, talk to an experienced Long Beach, California bicycle accident lawyer.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), about 16 percent of cyclists killed or injured in motor vehicle crashes are 14 years old or younger. This number includes not only children who have mastered riding a bicycle, but also children who were riding tricycles or unicycles at the time of the crash. Read the rest »

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Four Tips for Safer Bicycling on California Roads

By Joseph Low on February 4, 2014 - Comments off

Long Beach is home to many bicyclists who enjoy riding and take their safety seriously. Whether you’re a long-time bicyclist or are new to the sport, brushing up on your safety and knowledge of California bicycle law can help you ride more safely and avoid an accident.

Next time you set out on your bicycle, keep these four tips in mind:

  • Ride near the right edge of the road, especially if you’re traveling slower than traffic. Move to the left only to pass another bicycle or vehicle or when getting ready to turn left. Never bike on a freeway: it is not only dangerous, but also often illegal. Most California freeways have signs prohibiting bicyclists. Read the rest »

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LA County Cyclist Suffers Serious Injuries in ‘Dooring’ Incident

By Joseph Low on December 17, 2013 - Comments off

LA County AttorneyA bicyclist recently suffered serious head trauma after coming into contact with the open door of a parked vehicle in Brentwood, according to bikinginla.com.

The 37-year-old cyclist was traveling on a two-lane street when the driver of a parked vehicle opened his door just as the cyclist passed. The cyclist fell head first from his bicycle and was taken to the hospital where he underwent surgery for head trauma.

One of the first responders at the scene, Brentwood Senior Lead Officer Maria Gray, said that the biker was not wearing a helmet at the time, although he was using a headlamp and tail light to make himself visible while riding at 6:46 pm in the evening.

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California’s New Bike Law: Three Feet for Safety

By Joseph Low on October 8, 2013 - Comments off

California Bicycle AccidentsCalifornia Governor Jerry Brown recently signed a bill into law that will require motorists to keep a distance of at least three feet when passing bicyclists on the road. The “Three Feet for Safety Act” was sponsored by the city of Los Angeles as part of the continuing bicycle master plan to make LA a more bike-friendly city.

Beginning September 2014, motorists who fail to pass a bicyclist with at least three feet of leeway will receive a fine of $35, which can be increased to a $220 fine for motorists that violate the law and cause an accident with a cyclist. In the event that a vehicle may not pass a bike at the allotted distance on a narrow street, motorists are required to slow down and pass at a safe speed.

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Bicyclist’s Death Encourages Further Bike Safety Reform in Newport Beach

By Joseph Low on September 3, 2013 - Comments off

Long Beach Bicycle SafetyA 58-year-old bicyclist died recently after having suffered critical injuries in a collision with a white minivan along East Coast Highway. The woman was wearing a helmet at the time of the crash; unfortunately, she succumbed to major head injuries a day after the accident.

The bicyclist had been traveling west on East Coast Highway when she was hit by a white minivan. Police are still investigating the cause of the accident and have not yet issued any citations or taken anyone into custody.

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Guide to Fitting a Bike Helmet Properly

By Joseph Low on August 26, 2013 - Comments off

Irvine Bike AccidentMany Long Beach bicyclists know that wearing a bicycle helmet is one of the most important safety precautions to take before kicking up the kickstand. But there is a little bit more to wearing a helmet than simply picking out the right size or your favorite color. How the helmet is worn can greatly affect how well the helmet prevents injury in the event of a bike crash.

Some of the most common mistakes when wearing a bike helmet include not buckling or tightening the chin strap to ensure the helmet stays securely on the rider’s head. Also, wearing the helmet too low or high on the forehead can leave fragile areas of a rider’s head exposed.

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Bicyclist Killed by Hit-and-Run Driver in LA County

By Joseph Low on August 9, 2013 - Comments off

Police are still searching for the driver of a silver convertible Ford Mustang who struck a 38-year-old bicyclist at an intersection in Northridge and then sped off. The bicyclist was taken to the nearest hospital where he died a few hours later.

According to police, the biker was crossing the intersection at Plummer St. and Winnetka Ave. around 9 pm when he was struck by a car. Using surveillance footage from the scene, police were able to identify the vehicle believed to be connected to the accident, which had been abandoned just a few blocks away. Read the rest »

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