If you regularly ride a bike on the roads of Southern California, there is something you should know. While it is not a law, the recommendation is to have lights on your bicycle at all times, both day and night. Why is this the recommended practice, and how may it save your life?
Visibility Is a Must for Cyclists
Drivers are evermore distracted, and while that isn’t your fault, making yourself as visible as possible to drivers may just save your life. Cyclists are required by law to have a front lamp lit while driving at night. A rear red reflector is also required by law. However, anything you can do to make yourself even more visible is a good idea because motor vehicle accidents involving cyclists never turn out well for the cyclist. It’s a matter of “better safe than sorry.”
What if the Accident Is the Driver’s Fault?
If you have been injured in a cycling accident, especially if the vehicle driver was at fault, contact the personal injury attorneys at Petrov Law Firm. The lawyers at our San Diego and Chula Vista offices are experienced in auto accident cases.
If the vehicle driver was at fault, your settlement should include everything from medical costs and lost wages to pain and suffering costs. Before you sign anything from the insurance company, call 619-344-0360 to ensure you are being treated fairly and receiving what you deserve out of the settlement. We’re here to help!Read More
When a bicycle and a car are involved in an accident, it is almost always bad for the person on the bicycle. The CDC estimated that in 2013 fatal crashes involving bicyclists cost $222 million in medical costs and loss of wages. How can you protect yourself if you ride a bike regularly? Here are four things to keep in mind:
- Let cars go first – It is just not worth it to go up against a car just because you are in the right and the driver of the vehicle is in the wrong.
- Stay alert – Remember that cars won’t always see you, so you need to be on the lookout for them.
- Use hand signals – When turning, always let drivers know ahead of time by using the proper hand signals. Also, don’t assume all drivers will know what the hand signals mean.
- Wear reflective clothes – This is especially vital if you are going to be riding after dark. The more visible you are to drivers the better.
If You or a Loved One Has Been Injured in a Bicycle Accident in California
If you or a loved one has been injured in a bicycle accident in California, do not hesitate to call the personal injury attorneys at Petrov Law Firm. Officers are often too quick to label an accident the cyclist’s fault at the scene, and ever-changing laws may allow you to seek compensation from the driver’s insurance company. To learn more, give our San Diego law office a call at 619-344-0360.Read More
If you ride your bike for exercise, to work, or even just recreationally, we want you to ride safely. We’re going to look at three times a cyclist needs to use extra caution and how you may be able to avoid injury.
#1 When Approaching Turns
Cyclists generally stay to the right, especially if there is a bike lane. That means you will often be at greatest risk when there is a place for motorists to make a right-hand turn. Why is this the case? For one thing, a driver who doesn’t see a cyclist alongside them may make that right-hand turn suddenly and clip the bike. Second, drivers often fail to use turn signals, so you may get no warning that the car is about to turn until they start to break and crank the wheel over.
#2 When Leaving the Bike Lane
There are several situations where leaving the bike lane is legal. Sometimes it is even the safer course of action. One of the times it is okay for you to leave the bike lane is when approaching a place where cars can make a right-hand turn. Moving into the car lane will alert drivers to your presence and ensure they don’t make a right-hand turn with you alongside them.
#3 When at a Traffic Light
Some drivers see that green light and stomp on the gas without looking in any direction. If you are alongside a car at a light, and they are making a right-hand turn, give them space or try to make eye-contact with the driver. Unfortunately, once again, some drivers fail to signal properly. So don’t assume that car next to you will be zooming on straight ahead when the light turns green.
If You Have Been Injured in a Bike Accident
The personal injury attorneys at Petrov Law Firm are here to help if you have been injured in a cycling accident. An officer who is unfamiliar with bike laws may have made the accident out to be your fault, but there are laws that protect cyclist. We can help you to gain the compensation you deserve for medical bills and other losses. Call 619-344-0360 today to learn more.Read More
Recent studies have revealed that many car accidents involving bicycles are head-on collisions. Since this is the type of bike accident that results in the greatest risk of injury, it is vital to protect yourself if you choose to use your bicycle in high traffic areas. Here are 5 tips to help you stay safe.
- Ride on the right side of the road. When walking, you should always go toward traffic to be more visible, but when riding, you always want to go in the same direction as traffic to reduce the risk of a head-on collision.
- Stay to the right except to pass. If there is a bike lane, be sure to use that lane.
- Don’t get too close to parked vehicles. Someone may not see you riding by and open the door suddenly.
- Always signal when turning. Hand signals are an important part of riding your bike on the street.
- Use the right bike and keep it maintained. If your bike is either too big or too small for you, your ability to control it will be compromised. Also, you want to be sure that things like brakes and tires are in top condition before you head out into high traffic areas.
If You Have Been Injured in a Cycling Accident
Despite your best efforts to ride defensively, accidents can still happen. If you have been injured in a bicycle accident, a car insurance company will likely try to settle for the least amount possible. Petrov Law Firm can help you to seek the full compensation you deserve. To learn more, call 619-344-0360 today.Read More
Did you know that cyclists in the state of California not only have all the same rights as drivers on the road but also all of the same restrictions? For example, if you didn’t know that it is possible to get a DUI while riding your bike, you may want to think twice before taking your two-wheeled transport to the bar or club.
What Is the Penalty for Biking Under the Influence?
While getting a DUI in your car in California can cost you a fortune (you can pay thousands of dollars in fines), a bike DUI only costs a maximum of $250. But that doesn’t mean it’s not a serious offense. Riding a bike while intoxicated (or under the influence of drugs) can result in arrest. After all, it is still considered public intoxication, so there are more than just traffic laws to consider when you are on a bike after a few drinks.
Can a Biking DUI Affect Your Personal Injury Case?
What if you are injured while riding a bike and it turns out you were intoxicated? This could completely negate your ability to recover losses (except medical bills) due to the injuries you sustain. What if the driver who hits you says you rode right out in front of him, and there are no other witnesses? It would be easy to make the case that the accident was entirely your fault due to being intoxicated while riding. So please be careful about getting on your bike if you know you will be having a few drinks.
If you have been injured while riding your bike, especially if another driver was at fault, contact Petrov Law Firm today to speak with a personal injury attorney. You can reach our experienced lawyers by calling 619-344-0360.Read More