The densely populated urban make-up of Los Angeles can often make riding
a bike a bit more tricky than most other areas, but cyclists and drivers
of motor vehicles can work together to make the roads a safer place by
understanding and observing the rules of the road, being alert, and being
courteous in a potentially dangerous environment.
For bicyclists, this means remembering that just as you have the same rights
to the road as vehicles do, it also means that you must obey the law.
Stop at red lights and stop signs. It is not only against the law to ignore
them, but incredibly dangerous. Communicating on the road is also crucial
for bicyclists. Unlike automobiles, bicycles do not have blinkers to signal
turns. Therefore, the use of hand signals is important to communicate
with others around you, including pedestrians. Additionally, wearing the
appropriate protective gear and inspecting your bike prior to riding it
may also spare a tragic accident.
Drivers should recognize that bicyclists have rights to the roadway as
well and, given that bikes are more vulnerable, should take caution. It
is not only important, but required by law, to leave at least 3 feet of
passing distance to bicyclists. People on bikes may have to suddenly swerve
to avoid opening car doors or other hazards and unexpected obstacles on
the road. Remember, serious injury or death can occur in a bicycle versus
car accident, so be patient and do not drive while distracted.
The Los Angeles injury lawyers at Biren Law Group specialize in
personal injury cases, including
bicycle accidents, which accounted for 618 deaths in 2010, according to the National Highway
Traffic Safety Administration. If you or a loved one was severely injured
or killed in a bicycle accident, we have the knowledge and experience
to pursue maximum compensation and justice for your injuries and loss.
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