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Former Amazon.com exec Joy Covey dies in bicycle accident

Former Amazon.com exec Joy Covey dies in bicycle accident | Bicycle Safety and Accident Claims in CA | Scoop.it
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Another tragic case of a cyclist being struck and killed by a commercial truck.  These occurrences are becoming far to common in urban areas of California.  They serve as reminders to us all that we have to look out for our bicycle riders and share the road!


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How to Avoid the Most Common Types of Bike Accidents | Road Rights | Bicycling.com

How to Avoid the Most Common Types of Bike Accidents | Road Rights | Bicycling.com | Bicycle Safety and Accident Claims in CA | Scoop.it
Your chances of getting hit by a car while cycling are smaller than you might think. Here's how to prevent the most common types of automobile-bike collisions.
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This article does a good job of examing three of the most common bicycle accident scenarios:


  1. Blown Stop Signs
  2. The "Left Cross": Left hand turn of a motor vehicle into the oncoming path of a cyclist; and
  3. The "Right Hook": Abrubt right hand turn in front of a cyclist.


It breaks down tactics bike riders can use to avoid these collisions.  As a bike accident lawyer , I think we need more of this type of information for the bike riding public to promote cycling safety.

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After Fatal Crash With Cyclists, Driver's Tweets Help Spur Murder Charge : NPR

After Fatal Crash With Cyclists, Driver's Tweets Help Spur Murder Charge : NPR | Bicycle Safety and Accident Claims in CA | Scoop.it
An 18-year-old man in California stands accused of murder, after law enforcement officials upgraded a manslaughter charge against him, based on his tweets and driving history.
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Is it not bad enough that you drive 85 mph in a 40 mph zone and hit and kill two cyclists in a bike lane but, then you have to brag about it on Twitter saying you went on a "death ride".  The California penal code defines "murder" as the "unlawful killing of a human being" with "malice aforethought" and the term "malice aforethought" is defined as either "deliberate intention" or when the circumstances surrounding the death show "an abandoned or malignant heart." California Penal Code section 187.  Looks like it fits the definition to me!


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Who owns the roads? Urban cycling advocates raise safety concerns - CTV News

Who owns the roads? Urban cycling advocates raise safety concerns - CTV News | Bicycle Safety and Accident Claims in CA | Scoop.it
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Who owns the roads? Urban cycling advocates raise safety concerns CTV News The string of incidents has set off a broader discussion among cycling advocates about safety, infrastructure, and whether drivers and cyclists should operate under...
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Interesting "growing pains" controversy going on in Montreal where cycling lanes and bike sharing programs have rapidly expanded the use of bikes for transportation and for recreation.  A recent spate of bike accidents raises the concerns that cyclists are not obeying the rules of the road.  In California, every cyclist needs to know that they have both the same rights as any other vehicle on the road but, also the same responsibilities under the California Vehicle Code.


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Important Safety Recall Notice - News | Giant Bicycles | United States

Important Safety Recall Notice - News | Giant Bicycles | United States | Bicycle Safety and Accident Claims in CA | Scoop.it
Contact SLR Seatposts on 2013 XTC Advanced SL 29er Bikes Recalled


Giant Bicycle, Inc. Recalls 2013 Model Year XtC Advanced SL 29er 0
and 29er 1 Ser (BICYCLE SAFETY RECALL: Remember, your safety also depends on the equipment you use.
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How to properly wear a school backpack and safety tips for biking to school

How to properly wear a school backpack and safety tips for biking to school | Bicycle Safety and Accident Claims in CA | Scoop.it
In the next couple of weeks parents will be helping their kids get ready to return to school.  We're taking action for their health and safety today with information on the right and wrong ways to wear backpacks and how to get to school safely.
Steven M. Sweat's insight:

As we all prepare to send our kids back to school this fall, it is great to be reminded about these types of child safety issues.  Bicycle accidents involving children are still a grave problem especially kids who ride their bikes to school.  Keep your kids safe!!

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Cyclist pleads guilty in Castro crosswalk death

Cyclist pleads guilty in Castro crosswalk death | Bicycle Safety and Accident Claims in CA | Scoop.it
In what San Francisco prosecutors call the first conviction of its kind, a bicyclist who fatally struck a 71-year-old pedestrian in a Castro neighborhood sidewalk last year has pleaded guilty to felony vehicular manslaughter.
Steven M. Sweat's insight:

While it is rare that a cyclist faces criminal vehicular manslaughter charges, this case shows that it can happen.  Bike riders in California must understand that they are operating a "vehicle" as defined by the California Vehicle Code and must obey all laws related to this operation.  In this case, the cyclist failed to yield the right of way to a pedestrian at an intersection crosswalk and caused and unfortunate fatality.


For more information on cycling accident and injury claims in the Golden State go to:  http://www.victimslawyer.com/bicycle-accidents/


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Bike Share, Check. Helmet? Not Always | TIME.com

Bike Share, Check. Helmet? Not Always | TIME.com | Bicycle Safety and Accident Claims in CA | Scoop.it
Bike shares are becoming a popular way to lessen the burden on public transportation and get cities to shrink their carbon footprint. But as most cyclists are noticing, you'll have to bring your own helmet.
Steven M. Sweat's insight:

As a California bike injury lawyer, I think bike sharing programs are great in that they  promote bicycle use.  However, it is important to note that helmets are essential gear for bike riding safety.  Most bike sharing programs nationwide do not provide for sharing of head gear.  If you participate in one of these programs, you should "cover your lid" by buying and wearing a helmet.

For more information on bike accident claims and assistance with any cycling injury matter go to: http://www.victimslawyer.com/bicycle-accidents/


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Bicycle-powered helicopter makes flight 'previously thought impossible' - Technology - NZ Herald News

Bicycle-powered helicopter makes flight 'previously thought impossible' - Technology - NZ Herald News | Bicycle Safety and Accident Claims in CA | Scoop.it
A Canadian-built helicopter that is powered by a human riding a bicycle has become the first winner of a decades-old $250,000 engineering prize, the US awarder said Friday.
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Paper helmets could make cycle share schemes safer, say creators

Paper helmets could make cycle share schemes safer, say creators | Bicycle Safety and Accident Claims in CA | Scoop.it
Protect your head on the fly with these super-cheap helmets. (Paper bicycle helmets in testing to determine safety.
Steven M. Sweat's insight:

Interesting innovation from some engineering students in London that claim to have invented a very cost effective bike helmet made entirely from recycled newspapers.  They are promoting this helmet as an inexpensive means to distribute bike helmets in areas that have bike sharing.  As a bike accident attorney that deals with head trauma injuries, I know that helmets can and do reduce traumatic brain injuries.  I would want to look at the scientific data as to the true impact resistance of this type of head gear before I would encourage endorsements, though.

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Look System Bike Helmet, Created By San Francisco College Students, Has ... - Huffington Post

Look System Bike Helmet, Created By San Francisco College Students, Has ... - Huffington Post | Bicycle Safety and Accident Claims in CA | Scoop.it
Look System Bike Helmet, Created By San Francisco College Students, Has ...
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Now this is a great idea developed by some innovative college students in the San Francisco bay area.  The bike rider wears a helmet and attaches a device to the frame of his bike.  These contain computer sensors which measure the "personal space" of the rider in relation to moving cars and other objects and warns of the bicyclist is getting too close.  The rider can then download the data into his computer when he gets home and get patterns for safer riding and routes.  As a bike accident attorney in urban Los Angeles, I think this would be a great asset to improve bike safety.  Hope they get the marketing of this off the ground!

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CicLAvia fills Wilshire Boulevard with bicycles - Los Angeles Times

CicLAvia fills Wilshire Boulevard with bicycles - Los Angeles Times | Bicycle Safety and Accident Claims in CA | Scoop.it
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CicLAvia fills Wilshire Boulevard with bicycles
Los Angeles Times
Les Golan, 57, pedaled her bicycle with her cockatiels — all 19 of them — perched on her shoulders, chest and neck.
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Great to see all of our Los Angeles bicyclists at this annual event which promotes bicycle and pedestrian safety and awareness of biking and walking in LA as an alternative means of transportation.

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British inventors claim world's first flying bicycle - CNN International

British inventors claim world's first flying bicycle - CNN International | Bicycle Safety and Accident Claims in CA | Scoop.it
British inventors claim world's first flying bicycle
CNN International
(CNN) -- Do you remember that scene in "E.T." where the kids fly away on their BMXs?
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Types of Bicycle Injuries

Types of Bicycle Injuries | Bicycle Safety and Accident Claims in CA | Scoop.it
Learn about the many types of bicycle injuries, their causes and effects, from Ehline Law Firm PC.

Via Michael Ehline
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Michael Ehline's curator insight, September 19, 2013 8:42 PM

Always wear protective gear like gloves, and follow the law.  But there are many other ways to avoid the devastating effects of being hit by a care while riding a bike, and other spills, if individuals take the time to learn about some of the primary factors leading to wrecks on bikes. After all, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.  And this is especially true, considering how vulnerable the human brain is when succumbing to the impact, inertia, and other ill effects of being flung into the air, and twirling head over shoulders, for example. Landing after this sudden acceleration, often racks the brain, causing it to swish around, banging into the skull, back and forth.

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Specialized Turbo: Powerful Electric Bike Makes Cycling No Sweat [REVIEW]

Specialized Turbo: Powerful Electric Bike Makes Cycling No Sweat [REVIEW] | Bicycle Safety and Accident Claims in CA | Scoop.it
The Specialized Turbo is a high-tech electric bike unlike any other. We tested it thoroughly. Here are our findings, including whether it's worth the price.
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Doesn't an electric bike kind of defeat the whole purpose of biking which is to get exercise.  I guess you still feel the "wind in your face" and have the option of pedaling when you want.

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Amazon plans to accommodate bicycles - The Seattle Times (blog)

Amazon plans to accommodate bicycles - The Seattle Times (blog) | Bicycle Safety and Accident Claims in CA | Scoop.it
Amazon plans to accommodate bicycles The Seattle Times (blog) In my July 14 op-ed piece in The Seattle Times, “Building a Bicycle Renaissance in Seattle,” I specifically called on Seattle's business community to support improvements in cycling...
Steven M. Sweat's insight:

Nice when corporate America supports cycling and bicycle commuters.  As communting to work on a bicycle becomes more acceptable and popular, bicycle accidents are bound to increase so we should all look out and use caution in and around bike lanes especially in urban areas like Los Angeles and Seattle.


Click here for more information on bike accident claims in California including Los Angeles.

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Etienne Randier's curator insight, November 26, 2013 4:25 AM

Toujours à la pointe de la contre-culture étatsunienne et des solutions  alternatives, la ville de Seattle encourage le déplacement des navetteurs à bicyclette. Une solution simple et peu gourmande de deniers publics pour un impact énorme sur la santé publique et la fluidification des migrations pendulaires.

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Bicycle safety in Seattle - The Seattle Times

Bicycle safety in Seattle - The Seattle Times | Bicycle Safety and Accident Claims in CA | Scoop.it
Bicycle safety in Seattle
The Seattle Times
If you look at cities that have built such infrastructure, you see that it leads to a virtuous cycle. Protected bicycle lanes make less-experienced, less-aggressive cyclists feel safer on the roads.
Steven M. Sweat's insight:

Good commentary that would apply to any large metropolitan area including Los Angeles, where bicycle safety and infrastructure are just beginning to become more of a concern of public officials, in my opinion as as bicycle accident attorney based in the "City of Angels."

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MyFigueroa! Plan for LA's First Protected Bike Lanes Clears Environmental Review - Streetsblog Los Angeles (blog)

MyFigueroa! Plan for LA's First Protected Bike Lanes Clears Environmental Review - Streetsblog Los Angeles (blog) | Bicycle Safety and Accident Claims in CA | Scoop.it
MyFigueroa! Plan for LA's First Protected Bike Lanes Clears Environmental Review Streetsblog Los Angeles (blog) However, the plan has proven controversial with businesses along the corridor, including car dealerships, and the Automobile Club of...
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Glad to see the "green" bike lanes being planned for downtown Los Angeles.  The problem with most bike lanes is that there is no partition between the bicycle lane and the motorized traffic which causes motorists to wander into bike lanes and vice versa.  This is especially true in heavily trafficked urban areas like downtown L.A. 


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Personal injury claims for cycling accidents: How to stay safe on two wheels, and make a claim when you have an accident

Personal injury claims for cycling accidents: How to stay safe on two wheels, and make a claim when you have an accident | Bicycle Safety and Accident Claims in CA | Scoop.it
Following in the pedal path of Wiggo and Froome, more and more Brits are taking up cycling - here's our guide to staying safe on the road (Personal injury claims for cycling accidents: How to stay safe...
Steven M. Sweat's insight:

Great insight from the article and from personal injury lawyer Ron Miller.


For assistance with any cycling accident or injury claim in California go to:


http://www.victimslawyer.com/bicycle-accidents/


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Michael Ehline's comment, August 7, 2013 12:38 AM
I really like David's page. Check out Ehline Law Firm PC sometime too.
Robbins & Associates's curator insight, August 9, 2013 7:32 AM

Be safe on bikes. You are vunerable to every pothole, and road hazard. Thanks to +steven Sweat for the post.

robbinslaw.com

Atlanta

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Electric bicycle sales expected to climb to $10.8 billion in 2020 - Los Angeles Times

Electric bicycle sales expected to climb to $10.8 billion in 2020 - Los Angeles Times | Bicycle Safety and Accident Claims in CA | Scoop.it
Electric bicycle sales expected to climb to $10.8 billion in 2020
Los Angeles Times
Electric bicycles are expected to generate $10.8 billion a year in worldwide revenue by 2020, up from $8.4 billion in 2013.
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Cycle safety video

Each year 3000 cyclists are killed or injured on UK roads, and approximately 1/5th of those are children. Osbornes Solicitors have created this video using ...
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As an attorney that represents cyclists in motor mishaps, I am always glad to see promotion of bicycle safety.  I think videos are a great way to promote safe biking!



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bicyclinginfo.org: Bicycle Crash Facts

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For assistance with any bicycle accident claim in California go to:

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Bicycle Road Safety Videos From the League of American Bicyclists

Bicycle Road Safety Videos From the League of American Bicyclists | Bicycle Safety and Accident Claims in CA | Scoop.it
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As an attorney who assists bicyclists in accident and injury claims, I am of the opinion that not enough emphasis is placed on bike safety education. This is a great series of videos from the League of American Bicyclists about many of the common "road rules" and "equipment rules" that can reduce accidents and injuries related to bicycling.

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AB 1371 - Three-Foot Passing Bill - Moves Forward to Senate Floor

AB 1371 - Three-Foot Passing Bill - Moves Forward to Senate Floor | Bicycle Safety and Accident Claims in CA | Scoop.it
Although two recent  attempts at passing legislation that would require motorists safely leave at least three feet of space when overtaking bicyclists have failed due to unclear language, advocates...
Steven M. Sweat's insight:

A bill is currently pending in the California State Legislature to require motorist to allow for a minimum of three feet of clearance when passing a bicycle rider.  Bicycle accidents related to cars passing bikes too closely are one of the most common types of traffic incidents.  There have been several prior attempts at passing a similar bill but, it has been rejected due to alleged vagueness in the language.

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BICYCLE SAFETY: Following rules of road everyday keeps doctor away - Press-Enterprise (blog)

BICYCLE SAFETY: Following rules of road everyday keeps doctor away - Press-Enterprise (blog) | Bicycle Safety and Accident Claims in CA | Scoop.it
BICYCLE SAFETY: Following rules of road everyday keeps doctor away
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BICYCLE SAFETY: Following rules of road everyday keeps doctor away. June 20, 2013 by Brian Rokos. There are probably safer ways to ride a bicycle than this.
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Not sure the person in the photograph would qualify as obeying the "rules of the road" but, it is good to have local bloggers giving these helpful bicycle safety tips especially at this time of year.  


Click here for more information and assistance with any bicycle accident or injury claim in Southern California.

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