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Cyclists Road Safety, Bicycle Road Accidents

Cyclists Road Safety, Bicycle Road Accidents | Bicycle Safety and Accident Claims in CA | Scoop.it
RT @OCBCCycleSG: Read these Cyclists Road Safety tips to stay safe and have a pleasant ride! http://t.co/imGDk4Qujb
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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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Bikes and Commercial Trucks Can Be A Deadly Combination on City Streets

Bikes and Commercial Trucks Can Be A Deadly Combination on City Streets | Bicycle Safety and Accident Claims in CA | Scoop.it
On a July afternoon in New Orleans last year, Philip Geeck was riding his bicycle in a marked bike lane on a busy street. Approaching an intersection, he came up alongside a tractor-trailer truck hauling a tank of chemicals. Geeck, 52, was at the 18-wheeler’s midpoint when suddenly, without signaling, the truck began to turn …
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How to fall off a bike without injuring yourself

How to fall off a bike without injuring yourself | Bicycle Safety and Accident Claims in CA | Scoop.it
After the Tour de France sees one of the worst crashes in its history, Jonny Cooper asks whether it's possible to train yourself to land safely when taking a tumble from a bike
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Bike Advocates Applaud Passage of Safety Bill in Maine

Bike Advocates Applaud Passage of Safety Bill in Maine | Bicycle Safety and Accident Claims in CA | Scoop.it
Bike safety advocates are celebrating a new law in Maine that they say will make the roads safer for bikers and pedestrians. Brian Allenby of the Bicycle C
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Bikes with SR Suntour Bicycle Forks Recalled Due to Crash Hazard

Bikes with SR Suntour Bicycle Forks Recalled Due to Crash Hazard | Bicycle Safety and Accident Claims in CA | Scoop.it
WASHINGTON, June 24, 2015 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ --...
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Cycling is for everyday life, say the pros

Cycling is for everyday life, say the pros | Bicycle Safety and Accident Claims in CA | Scoop.it
What do pro riders do in their spare time? Ride bikes.
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Newport man dies after bike crash in Huntington Beach

Newport man dies after bike crash in Huntington Beach | Bicycle Safety and Accident Claims in CA | Scoop.it
A Newport Beach man died Saturday of a head injury he suffered two days earlier while biking in a Huntington Beach residential tract, police said.
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Cyclist who survived brain injury on cross-country ride to promote helmet use

Cyclist who survived brain injury on cross-country ride to promote helmet use | Bicycle Safety and Accident Claims in CA | Scoop.it
SANDY, Utah -- Traumatic brain injury survivor Daniel Mollino is making stops across the country to educate children about helmet use and preventing a head injury, and his latest stop was at Spruce...
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Tour of California crowds cheer cyclists in race through San Luis Obispo

Tour of California crowds cheer cyclists in race through San Luis Obispo | Bicycle Safety and Accident Claims in CA | Scoop.it
More than 140 cyclists zoomed down the Pismo Beach pier to start Stage 4 of the 2015 Amgen Tour of California, which would take them 107 miles through northern Santa Barbara and southern SLO counties, ending up in Avila Beach.
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Cyclist's Battle to Stay Safe on His Daily Commute

Cyclist's Battle to Stay Safe on His Daily  Commute | Bicycle Safety and Accident Claims in CA | Scoop.it
David Fox wanted drivers in Salem, Ore., to realize bikers have road rights, too.
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While this is a story from an urban cyclist in Portland, it could just as well be Los Angeles or anywhere else where bikes and cars compete for roadway.  In California, the law clearly states that a bicycle is a "vehicle" with all the same rights to use the roadway as a motor vehicle (See Cal. Vehicle Code Section 21200). Unfortunately, the general public is of the opinion that bikes should remain either in bike lanes (which there are far too few of in L.A.) or on the sidewalk (despite the fact that riding a bike on a sidewalk is illegal in many municipalities in and around Southern California).  It is important that all cyclists do their part to educate others on the right of bike riders to "Share the Road"!


For more information on  the legal rights and responsibilities of bikers under California law, visit our webpage:


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


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Should California Become First State in Nation to Require Adults to Wear Bike Helmets?

Should California Become First State in Nation to Require Adults to Wear Bike Helmets? | Bicycle Safety and Accident Claims in CA | Scoop.it
A proposed law that would make California the first state in the country to require that adult bike riders wear helmets has reignited a decades-long debate between regulators and the bicycling community over safety.
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The State of California is considering passing legislation to mandate helmet use by adults riding bicycles.  Riders who fail to comply would face fines and citations.  If passed, CA would be the first state in the U.S. to require head gear for cyclists.  Some bicycle advocates in the Golden State say that this will discourage bicycle use by making it seem "more dangerous."  As an attorney that represents bicycle riders who have been injured or killed as a result of crashes with motor vehicles, I personally think mandatory helmet use would be a good thing that could reduce serious injury or death.  Head trauma is the number one cause of catastrophic bodily harm and fatalities related to bike crashes.  



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San Francisco: One of the Few Large U.S. Cities Where Cyclist Deaths Are Increasing

San Francisco: One of the Few Large U.S. Cities Where Cyclist Deaths Are Increasing | Bicycle Safety and Accident Claims in CA | Scoop.it
It’s hard to argue with the goal of eliminating traffic deaths, but it’s much harder to actually eliminate fatal accidents. Vision Zero is an initiative...
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It is a positive sign that across the U.S. fatal traffic collisions involving persons riding bikes and pedestrians is either stable to decreasing.  Unfortunately, as this study points out, such is not the case in San Francisco where pedestrian and cyclist fatalities are on the rise.  

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Salsa Cycles Recalls Bicycle Forks Due to Risk of Fall Hazard

Salsa Cycles Recalls Bicycle Forks Due to Risk of Fall Hazard | Bicycle Safety and Accident Claims in CA | Scoop.it
WASHINGTON, Dec. 4, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ --

Recall Summary

Name of Product: Salsa Bearpaw Bicycle...
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Riding a bike anywhere in California can be dangerous enough as we all know.  One of those dangers is faulty equipment that can lead to a crash and fall.  If you own a Salsa cycle, it is best to check for recall status and take it in if your bicycle is defective.

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Incidents/Injuries: None reported.

Remedy: Consumers should immediately stop using bicycles equipped with the recalled Salsa Bearpaw forks and contact a Salsa dealer for a free inspection and replacement fork.

Sold at: Bicycle stores nationwide and online at various websites from September 2013 through November 2014 for about $250 separately and for between $1,850 and $4,400 for the bicycles.

Importer: Salsa Cycles, a wholly-owned brand of Quality Bicycle Products Inc., of Bloomington, Minn.


Manufactured in: Taiwan


The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission is charged with protecting the public from unreasonable risks of injury or death associated with the use of thousands of types of consumer products under the agency's jurisdiction.  Deaths, injuries, and property damage from consumer product incidents cost the nation more than $1 trillion annually. CPSC is committed to protecting consumers and families from products that pose a fire, electrical, chemical or mechanical hazard. CPSC's work to ensure the safety of consumer products - such as toys, cribs, power tools, cigarette lighters and household chemicals – contributed to a decline in the rate of deaths and injuries associated with consumer products over the past 40 years.

Federal law bars any person from selling products subject to a publicly-announced voluntary recall by a manufacturer or a mandatory recall ordered by the Commission.

To report a dangerous product or a product-related injury go online to www.SaferProducts.gov or call CPSC's Hotline at (800) 638-2772 or teletypewriter at (301) 595-7054 for the hearing impaired. Consumers can obtain news release and recall information at www.cpsc.gov, on Twitter @USCPSC or by subscribing to CPSC's free e-mail newsletters.

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Bicycle vs Truck Accident Attorney in California

Bicycle vs Truck Accident Attorney in California | Bicycle Safety and Accident Claims in CA | Scoop.it
Bicycle vs truck accidents in California can cause major injury or death. Los Angeles injury attorney explains legal rights to compensation for cyclists.
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Who's responsible for death of L.A. Cyclist?

Who's responsible for death of L.A. Cyclist? | Bicycle Safety and Accident Claims in CA | Scoop.it
A delivery truck driver ran over a 19-year-old bicyclist and then drove away, a prosecutor told jurors Monday, but the defendant's attorney said another driver was likely responsible for the death.
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Unfortunately, this bicycle accident in the Los Angeles area involves an all too common scenario: bike delivery persons getting hit and the driver fleeing the scene.  California law requires that motorist stop and provide their information after being involved in any motor vehicle collision.  Despite this legal requirement, hit and runs remain high in L.A. County.

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Ford Tries to Figure Out Bicycles

Ford Tries to Figure Out Bicycles | Bicycle Safety and Accident Claims in CA | Scoop.it
The company’s Info Cycle project aims to improve the understanding of how urban streets work for cars and bikes alike.
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Physics Explains How Bikes Drive Themselves

Physics Explains How Bikes Drive Themselves | Bicycle Safety and Accident Claims in CA | Scoop.it
A normal bicycle is stable thanks to a perfect union of engineering, design, and physics. However, scientists remain uncertain about the balance and interaction of the many variables that allow a riderless bike to stay up on its own.
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Proper Bicycle Cable Clamps Can Help with Safe Cycling

Proper Bicycle Cable Clamps Can Help with Safe Cycling | Bicycle Safety and Accident Claims in CA | Scoop.it
Cobra Products aligns itself with NHTSA to promote a healthy and safe bicycling culture with its FLEXROUTE, bicycle cable clamps.
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Is the Antelope Valley Unsafe For Bikes?

Unsafe for bike riders in the AV.
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The Antelope Valley north of Los Angeles is a high desert community that should be an ideal place to ride a bicycle. As this video shows, though, bike riders face roadway dangers from motor vehicle traffic.

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Yet Another Fatal Hit and Run on A Cyclist in Orange County CA

Yet Another Fatal Hit and Run on A Cyclist in Orange County CA | Bicycle Safety and Accident Claims in CA | Scoop.it
Investigators were searching for a hit-and-run driver Tuesday after a vehicle fatally struck a 40-year-old man who had fallen off his bicycle while riding in Stanton, according to the Orange County...
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Cycling Safety and Road Design: A Worldwide Study

Cycling Safety and Road Design: A Worldwide Study | Bicycle Safety and Accident Claims in CA | Scoop.it
“We truly believe that well-designed infrastructure leads to better behaviour from cyclists (Copenhaganize Cycle Study 001) Desire Lines of cyclists turned into a permanent lane in CopenhagenCopenhagenize Design Co, the international consultancy specialising in bicycle urbanism are launching a new project that will span continents and use their uni
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We know that improvements in infrastructure including road design have made our roads safer for motorists.  Doesn't it stand to reason that these elements can make roads safer for cyclists as well.  This worldwide study seeks answers to these questions on reducing bike accidents causing injuries and fatalities.

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10 Bike Beginner Mistakes to Avoid | Bicycling Magazine

10 Bike Beginner Mistakes to Avoid | Bicycling Magazine | Bicycle Safety and Accident Claims in CA | Scoop.it
Bicycling magazine gives beginning cycling tips and ways to easily avoid rookie mistakes
Steven M. Sweat's insight:

Cycling can be one of the most fun sports and a great form of exercise.  Like any other sport, though, beginners should learn the "rules of the road" in order to avoid costly mistakes.  This is great article about that issue from Bicycling Magazine. 

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Will Half of the Los Angeles Population Ditch Their Cars for Bikes? Mayor thinks so.

Will Half of the Los Angeles Population Ditch Their Cars for Bikes? Mayor thinks so. | Bicycle Safety and Accident Claims in CA | Scoop.it
Mayor Eric Garcetti released a long-range plan multibillion dollar plan, including bikesharing and solar panels, to get Los Angeles green.
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Let's face it, people living in and around Los Angeles LOVE their cars.  Estimating that over half of them will start using alternative forms of transportation like bikes is probably a bit ambitious.  I am hopeful, though, that this will encourage bicycle use in and around L.A. and remind us all to stay safe and share the road bicycles to reduce the number of bike crashes involving injury or death.

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Ford announces electric bike project to make bike city travel smarter and safer

Ford announces electric bike project to make bike city travel smarter and safer | Bicycle Safety and Accident Claims in CA | Scoop.it
The automaker's e-bike experiment has debuted at MWC 2015.
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Anything that will increase bicycle use is a good thing.  As a bike accident lawyer in Los Angeles, I particularly like that Ford has installed some safety technology on these bicycles such as a feature that warns the cyclist when cars are about to overtake them.

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Bono From U2 Might Never Play Guitar Again After Bicycle Crash

Bono From U2 Might Never Play Guitar Again After Bicycle Crash | Bicycle Safety and Accident Claims in CA | Scoop.it
Bono might never be able to play guitar again after a bicycle accident in November.
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Unfortunately, even the "rich and famous" are not immune to bicycle crashes.  Bono had a major collision on his bike in Central Park in N.Y. resulting in a compound fracture to his humerus.  This may result in him not being able to perform or be limited in the future.  It is a stark warning to all of us how devastating a bike crash can be and how much it can affect the rest of your life!  Our best wishes to him in his recovery.


For more information on bicycle accident claims in California including Los Angeles go to our webpage .

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Bicycle Hit and Run Claims in Los Angeles

Bicycle Hit and Run Claims in Los Angeles | Bicycle Safety and Accident Claims in CA | Scoop.it
Bicycle hit and run claims in Los Angeles. L.A. personal injury attorney explains cyclist's legal rights after vehicle collision involving fleeing driver.
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Although overall incidents of hit and run are down in L.A., such collisions involving cyclists are dramatically up.  Learn your legal rights and how to protect yourself.

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