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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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Bike at Night: Safety Tips to Ride in the Dark | Bicycling Magazine

Bike at Night: Safety Tips to Ride in the Dark | Bicycling Magazine | Bicycle Safety and Accident Claims in CA | Scoop.it
How to be prepared the next time you get caught in the dark
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Great tips from Bicycling Magazine on staying safe on night time bike rides.   It is very important to note that bicycle accidents at night occur more frequently simply due to the lack of visibility of the cyclist by motorists.  California Vehicle Code 21201(d) states as follows:


(d) A bicycle operated during darkness upon a highway, a sidewalkwhere bicycle operation is not prohibited by the local jurisdiction,or a bikeway, as defined in Section 890.4 of the Streets and HighwaysCode, shall be equipped with all of the following: (1) A lamp emitting a white light that, while the bicycle is inmotion, illuminates the highway, sidewalk, or bikeway in front of thebicyclist and is visible from a distance of 300 feet in front andfrom the sides of the bicycle. (2) A red reflector on the rear that shall be visible from adistance of 500 feet to the rear when directly in front of lawfulupper beams of headlamps on a motor vehicle. (3) A white or yellow reflector on each pedal, shoe, or anklevisible from the front and rear of the bicycle from a distance of 200feet. (4) A white or yellow reflector on each side forward of the centerof the bicycle, and a white or red reflector on each side to therear of the center of the bicycle, except that bicycles that areequipped with reflectorized tires on the front and the rear need notbe equipped with these side reflectors. The reflectors and reflectorized tires shall be of a type meetingrequirements established by the department. (e) A lamp or lamp combination, emitting a white light, attachedto the operator and visible from a distance of 300 feet in front andfrom the sides of the bicycle, may be used in lieu of the lamprequired by paragraph (1) of subdivision (d).
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Helmet-cam captures bike accidents (and could make cycling safer)

Helmet-cam captures bike accidents (and could make cycling safer) | Bicycle Safety and Accident Claims in CA | Scoop.it
CYCLING IN AUSTRALIA: Every year, dozens of cyclists are killed and thousands are injured while riding on Australian roads.Statistics such as these, coupled with all-too-frequent horror stories about… (Helmet-cam captures bike accidents (and could...
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This is a very interesting study that was done in Australia using bicycle head cams to record accidents and near mishaps between bikes and cars.  The various tapes revealed that the behavior of motorists may be much more of a factor in auto v. bike collisions than the safety habits of the bikers.  The main factor seemed to be the motor vehicle operator just not seeing the bike rider and making unsafe moves in their path of travel.  As a Los Angeles bike accident attorney, I have seen these same patterns play out many times with my clients and end up resulting in serious injuries and even death.

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California Vehicle Code Section 21650.1: Bicycle Operated on Roadway or Highway Shoulder

California Vehicle Code Section 21650.1: Bicycle Operated on Roadway or Highway Shoulder | Bicycle Safety and Accident Claims in CA | Scoop.it
Vehicle Code (RT @CA_DMV: CA law requires bicycles operated on a roadway or highway to travel in the same direction as vehicles.
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If you are going to ride a bike in California, it is important to know the rules of the road.  One of those rules is that a bike must travel in the same direction as other vehicles.  As a Los Angeles bike accident lawyer, I have seen many instances of cycle wrecks due to riding the wrong way against traffic.  

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