Bicycle Accidents

Los Angeles, California

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports that over 600 bicyclists are killed in auto accidents every year. An average of 50,000 bicyclists are injured in accidents each year and nearly 20 percent of those who sustain personal injury are under the age of 14.

Areas such as Los Angeles and Manhattan Beach that have commuter and tourist bicycle traffic mingled with heavy motor vehicle traffic see a larger percentage of serious bicycle accidents on a yearly basis. Due to the complex nature of bicycle accidents, you will need a personal injury attorney on your side as soon as possible to ensure you are treated fairly and not cheated out of the settlement you deserve.

Understanding Your Rights

A recent study conducted in California and reported in the New York Times found that the leading causes of bicycle accidents are:

  • Cyclists speeding
  • Cars making illegal turns
  • “Dooring” – when a driver opens a door in front of a cyclist

You can, of course, reduce your risk of causing an accident by educating your children and following yourself the California Vehicle Code for bicycles. This means obeying traffic signals and other road signs, as well as staying in bicycle lanes or as far right as possible while in traffic. In addition, wearing safety gear such as helmets and ensuring your bicycle is in proper working order are good ways to prevent being the cause of an accident.

Despite your best efforts, these measures may not be  enough to protect you against the actions of other drivers. But even if you share responsibility for an accident, you may be entitled to seek compensation for your medical expenses, inability to work, personal pain and suffering, and other related damages. The best way to understand your rights and learn what you are entitled to is by bring your case to Los Angeles bicycle accident lawyer Mickey Fine.

If you or a loved one has sustained an injury in a bicycle accident, please contact the Law Offices of Mickey Fine today to schedule a free case evaluation. Our bicycle accident attorney helps victims throughout Los Angeles from his Manhattan Beach, California office, but can come to you if your injuries make travel difficult.