According to the National Center for Health Statistics, there were 1,024 reported bicycles deaths in 2018. Of that total, 682 died in motor-vehicle crashes and the remaining 342 sustained injuries in other bicycle incidents.
Motor vehicle drivers will often assert the following defenses in a collision with a bicycle: 1) that the bicyclist darted in front of their path and therefore, they did not see the bicyclists prior to the accident, 2) that the bicyclist was illegally riding against the direction of travel or on the sidewalk, 3) that the bicyclist was not operating on the far right side of the roadway in either a marked bicycle lane or unmarked bicycle lane, 4) that the bicyclist failed to wear a helmet.
The best way to prevent bicycle accidents is to assume that the operators of motor vehicles cannot see you or have difficulty seeing you on your bicycle. You must be extremely vigilant at all times when riding a bicycle.
California law requires that all bicyclists ride on the right side of the road and in the same direction of traffic and not against traffic. California law also requires that all bicyclists wear helmets which will serve to minimize the severity of any head injuries. You should also also consider wearing elbow pads and knees pads.
The Law Office of Danny Soong has more than twenty-three years of legal experience of handling motor vehicle versus bicycle accidents.
Contact Law Office of Danny Soong or 1toplawyer.com, if you or any of your loved ones have been involved in a bicycle accident.