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News and information about bicycle safety issues and bike accident claims in California from Los Angeles personal injury attorney, Steven M. Sweat.  
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Is California a "bicycle-friendly" state?

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California ranks 9th in the U.S. for being "bicycle-friendly" according to various criteria set out in this analysis by the League of American Bicyclists.  As an attorney that represents bicycle accident victims in Los Angeles, I can tell you that the City of Angels could certainly do more to improve this rating by improving upon infrastructure and education related to bicycle safety.  There are still far to many bike mishaps in "la la land", in my opinion.

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Reserve Officer on Leave After Video Where She Says She Hates All Bicyclists and Wishes They Were Dead

Reserve Officer on Leave After Video Where She Says She Hates All Bicyclists and Wishes They Were Dead | Bicycle Safety and Accident Claims in CA | Scoop.it
A Santa Paula police volunteer officer has been placed on administrative leave after a video posted to her YouTube page of her talking about hating bicyclists was widely criticized on the Department’s...
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Unfortunately, motorist negativity (and even downright hatred) towards cyclists is not uncommon in California and throughout the country. You don't expect this from law enforcement officials, though. As an attorney and advocate for bicyclists in Southern California, I can't say I'm surprised. I constantly see police officials placing blame for traffic collisions between motor vehicles and bikes without any legal justification and consistently ignoring the rule of law in CA which allows bikes to share the road with motorists. This is despicable conduct on the part of a person sworn to uphold this law and to protect all citizens of a SoCal city including those who choose to get out and ride their bicycle in compliance with the law!
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Cycling Doesn't Cause Male Infertility: Study - eMedicineHealth

Cycling Doesn't Cause Male Infertility: Study - eMedicineHealth | Bicycle Safety and Accident Claims in CA | Scoop.it
Cycling doesn't lead to male infertility and erectile dysfunction, but it may raise prostate cancer risk in cyclists over 50, a new study finds.
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Nice to know that, at least by some recent medical research, male infertility and erectile dysfunction are not caused by cycling.  Nevertheless, male cyclists should take heed at a higher risk of prostate cancer (in older males).

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Bicycle Safety Tips for Your Children

Bicycle Safety Tips for Your Children | Bicycle Safety and Accident Claims in CA | Scoop.it
Bicycle Safety Tips for Your Children (Bicycle Safety Tips for Your Children - http://t.co/ovHruMXhUH)
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Can bicycle safety products also be stylish? - Businessweek

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Samsung’s Smart Bike, the ride of the future?

Samsung’s Smart Bike, the ride of the future? | Bicycle Safety and Accident Claims in CA | Scoop.it
The smart bicycle connects to a Samsung smartphone to offer safety features such as onboard sensors and GPS.
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We have all heard about self-driving cars and motor vehicle technology with new safety sensor features but, what about this same concept for bicycles!?!  Samsung is developing a "smart bike" that can connect to your smart phone and provide GPS and other features that are purported to enhance the bike rider's safety.

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Stop Hit-and-Runs in California Now!

Stop Hit-and-Runs in California Now! | Bicycle Safety and Accident Claims in CA | Scoop.it
In the City of Los Angeles, Angelenos have a greater than 1 in 1,000 chance of being injured or killed in a hit-and-run every year.

Los Angeles is at the center of a larger statewide problem that needs to be addressed throughout California.

Sign this petition to show your support for stopping hit-and-runs in California!
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Hit and runs have become a problem of epidemic proportions throughout California but, especially in our major urban areas like Los Angeles.  As an attorney who represents hit and run victims in L.A., I have seen first hand the type of devastation this type of traffic collision can cause and how difficult it is to bring the perpetrator to justice.  This petition supporting additional legislation that will help track hit and run accidents and speed up the investigation of these incidents is something I fully support. If you do as well, please sign to let our CA legislators know.


For more information or assistance with any cycling accident involving a hit and run driver in Los Angeles go to: http://www.californiaaccidentattorneysblog.com/2014/04/28/epidemic-hit-run-accidents-los-angeles-protect/




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Smart Cycling Tips | League of American Bicyclists

Smart Cycling Tips | League of American Bicyclists | Bicycle Safety and Accident Claims in CA | Scoop.it
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This is a great checklist and resource on safe cycling.  It provides everything from equipment check reminders to safe cycling practices in and around traffic.  As a bicycle accident attorney with experience in representing cycling accident victims, I think that more bikers should go through these types of protocols prior to jumping on and riding.  It can reduce the number of injury and fatal accidents.


For more information on cycling accident claims in California go to:

victimslawyer.com/bicycle-accidents/


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New Report: Every Bicyclist Counts | League of American Bicyclists

New Report: Every Bicyclist Counts | League of American Bicyclists | Bicycle Safety and Accident Claims in CA | Scoop.it
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Great information here from the League of American Bicyclists.  Tracking data on fatal and injury causing bike accidents throughout the country and publishing the facts surrounding these tragic crashes is a great way to spread awareness about bicycle safety.  It is crucial that we understand the breadth of the problem of motor vehicle collisions with bicycles.  The numbers are staggering and continue to increase in many parts of the U.S. including parts of California.  EVERY BICYCLIST COUNTS!!



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National Bike Month | League of American Bicyclists

National Bike Month | League of American Bicyclists | Bicycle Safety and Accident Claims in CA | Scoop.it
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May is National Bike Month.  Get out and ride!  Here are the rules of the road for California cyclists:


http://www.victimslawyer.com/most-important-california-laws-bike-riders/

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Top 5 Things Stupid Cyclists Do

Top 5 Things Stupid Cyclists Do | Bicycle Safety and Accident Claims in CA | Scoop.it
I love bicycling to work. I love being outside. I love that I'm being green and not using gasoline to get to work. I love that I'm getting exercise. I love that other people bicycle as well and that it is becoming a movement.
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Some great bike safety tips in this blog post. While it is important to embrace all the great things about commuting by bicycle, it is equally important to be smart when you bike to work. Great reminder to us all.
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Tweet from @sfbike

Tweet from @sfbike | Bicycle Safety and Accident Claims in CA | Scoop.it
“@sfbike: Our #BikeMonth ads are up around SF ! They feature real SF bike riders & @sfbike members. http://t.co/aOmiHGz9QK”
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2*Cycling Bike Bicycle Wheel Tire Valve Cap Spoke Neon LED Lights Safety Lamp

2*Cycling Bike Bicycle Wheel Tire Valve Cap Spoke Neon LED Lights Safety Lamp | Bicycle Safety and Accident Claims in CA | Scoop.it
in Sporting Goods, Cycling, Bicycle Accessories (2*Cycling Bike Bicycle Wheel Tire Valve Cap Spoke Neon LED Lights Safety Lamp: $1.04 (2 Bids) End Date: Tuesday...
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Why do we need a buffer in Protected Bike Lanes?

Why do we need a buffer in Protected Bike Lanes? | Bicycle Safety and Accident Claims in CA | Scoop.it
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Good video presentation of the dangers presented by lack of protected bike lanes.  This is especially a problem in large urban areas like Los Angeles, San Diego and the Bay Area.

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The History of Traffic Cones | Traffic Safety Store

The History of Traffic Cones | Traffic Safety Store | Bicycle Safety and Accident Claims in CA | Scoop.it
A look at how the traffic cone became one of America's most innovative inventions of the 20th century
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Bicycling Can Be Deadlier in L.A. Than in Mumbai, Shanghai and Other Heavy-Traffic Cities (VIDEO)

Bicycling Can Be Deadlier in L.A. Than in Mumbai, Shanghai and Other Heavy-Traffic Cities (VIDEO) | Bicycle Safety and Accident Claims in CA | Scoop.it
At first, riding a bicycle through Mumbai seemed like a death wish. I saw lines of cars, scooters, rickshaws, horses, oxen, and even human-pulled carts lurch into intersections before the light turned green. I hesitated at the crosswalk, holding up traffic and setting off honking from behind. I was petrified...
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Los Angeles, on the surface, seems like the perfect place to get out and ride a bike.  The weather is temperate and the streets seem to be wide enough in most places and more bicycle lanes and other bike-friendly features are popping up.  This study by LA Weekly shows, though, that L.A. can be deadly for cyclists.  The death count for the year so far stands at 39!


For more information on bicycle accident and injury claims in Los Angeles go to:  victimslawyer.com/bicycle-accidents/


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CDC - Bicycle-Related Injuries - Home and Recreational Safety - Injury Center

CDC - Bicycle-Related Injuries - Home and Recreational Safety - Injury Center | Bicycle Safety and Accident Claims in CA | Scoop.it
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Examining statistics on bicycle accidents can help us all learn the major causes of such mishaps and educate ourselves and our families and communities on ways to prevent such incidents.  This stat sheet from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) shows that children and adolescents are much more likely to be involved in a bike crash and parents should keep this in mind when talking to kids and demanding that they wear safety gear like bike helmets.

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Why Sharrows Don’t Cut it: Even SF Bike Safety Instructor Bert Hill Got Hit | Streetsblog San Francisco

Why Sharrows Don’t Cut it: Even SF Bike Safety Instructor Bert Hill Got Hit | Streetsblog San Francisco | Bicycle Safety and Accident Claims in CA | Scoop.it
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Recent studies indicate that possibly as many as 40 percent of all bike accidents are rear end collisions with cyclists.  As the author points out, "shared bike lanes" do nothing to prevent these types of mishaps.

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What Happened to Head Injuries in Bike-Share Cities? - Boston Magazine

What Happened to Head Injuries in Bike-Share Cities? - Boston Magazine | Bicycle Safety and Accident Claims in CA | Scoop.it
Overall, head injuries went down in cities like Boston that implemented bike-share programs, but a new study created confusing headlines.
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Both good news and bad on the studies conducted related to head injuries in cities that have implemented bike-sharing programs.  While head injuries as a proportion of bodily harm for bikers went up, the total number of bicycle related injuries actually declined.  As an attorney that has represented bicycle accident victims with severe head injuries, I still feel that bike-sharing programs ought to provide helmets for their riders or mandate that riders using a bike-share cycle use a helmet.


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Bike Riding Safety - YouTube

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8 Takeaways From the Bike League’s Study of Cyclist Fatalities | Streetsblog USA

8 Takeaways From the Bike League’s Study of Cyclist Fatalities | Streetsblog USA | Bicycle Safety and Accident Claims in CA | Scoop.it
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Good summary of the findings of a study conducted by the Bike League on cycling fatalities in the U.S.  The basic conclusions were as follows:


  1. Most fatal bike accidents occur on major urban surface streets
  2. The most common bike accident scenario is being struck from behind
  3. Cyclists in urban areas are more likely to be killed in and around intersections
  4. Most victims of fatal bike crashes were wearing helmets
  5. Criminal sentences for motor vehicle operators charges with criminal negligence varied widely
  6. The more cyclists there are in your state, the less likely you are to be struck and killed while riding a bike
  7. Media reports about bike accidents are flawed
  8. Most states are not uniformly tracking bicycle crash fatalities



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Southern California cyclists eager for arrival of Amgen Tour of California

Southern California cyclists eager for arrival of Amgen Tour of California | Bicycle Safety and Accident Claims in CA | Scoop.it
It's a regular weekend sight everywhere around Southern California. Cyclists in colorful jerseys racing up and down the foothills, riding along busy streets and bike paths, circling the Rose Bowl and challenging their abilities with rides in the Angeles and San Bernardino national forests.
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Bike Week in Los Angeles - May 12-16

Bike Week in Los Angeles - May 12-16 | Bicycle Safety and Accident Claims in CA | Scoop.it

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Good resource here from Los Angeles Department of Transportation about "Bike Week" - May 12-16 in L.A.

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Family of USU cyclist killed in slackline accident files lawsuit

Family of USU cyclist killed in slackline accident files lawsuit | Bicycle Safety and Accident Claims in CA | Scoop.it
The parents of a Utah State University student killed last year when he rode his bicycle through a slackline has filed a wrongful death and negligence lawsuit against the university and other parties
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While bicycle collisions with fixed objects are not uncommon, this particular incident is a bit unique.  It is claimed that university students erected a "slack line" (a rope tied between two trees meant for practicing tight rope walking) and the cyclist, traveling at a high rate of speed, hit the rope and was killed.  The family is claiming wrongful death against both the students who erected the line and the University for allowing the line to be placed on campus and/or not removing it.  



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Bicycles | National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA)

Bicycles | National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) | Bicycle Safety and Accident Claims in CA | Scoop.it
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
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This is a great resource for information on bicycle safety especially for kids.  There are a lot of high quality PDFs on various subjects including how to properly fit a bicycle helmet on a child.

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