Bicycle Safety and Accident Claims in CA
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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 Riders With Headphones Or Earbuds Are a Danger - Washingtonian.com (blog)

Bike Riders With Headphones Or Earbuds Are a Danger - Washingtonian.com (blog) | Bicycle Safety and Accident Claims in CA | Scoop.it
Bike Riders With Headphones Or Earbuds Are a Danger
Washingtonian.com (blog)
It counted 7,113 bikes moving through major intersections at rush hour.
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As a bike accident lawyer, I am keenly aware of the need for both bicyclists and motorists to maintain full senses while riding on the roadways.  This study indicates that riding a bike with headphones or ear buds leads to more bike accidents.  Stay safe!  Ride Alert!

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Jonathan Rosenfeld's curator insight, April 18, 2013 9:07 AM

Wearing earbuds on a bicycle in downtown Washington is one step away from cycling with blinders. It’s asking for trouble and certainly increasing the chances of getting into an accident.

Ditch the buds, for your sake and for the continued growth of bikes in DC.

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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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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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Campaign focuses on bicycle, pedestrian safety

Campaign focuses on bicycle, pedestrian safety | Bicycle Safety and Accident Claims in CA | Scoop.it
National and state transportation leaders are on a campaign to eliminate bicycle and pedestrian deaths. (Campaign focuses on bicycle, pedestrian safety | The News-Press ...: National and state transportation leaders...
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As a California bicycle attorney, I am glad to see efforts at the local, state and national level to increase awareness and improve upon bicycle safety.      This piece highlights various campaigns by departments of transportation to do just that.  


For more information on bike safety and accident claim assistance in California: Call toll free: 866-229-0101.

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Driver pleads guilty for killing doctor riding bike near beach

Driver pleads guilty for killing doctor riding bike near beach | Bicycle Safety and Accident Claims in CA | Scoop.it
A motorist pleaded guilty Friday to accidentally hitting and killing a Newport Beach doctor as she bicycled with her husband along Newport Coast, court records show.
Steven M. Sweat's insight:

Our California coastal communities are where people like to bike more frequently than just about any other.  Unfortunately, this leads to increased interaction between motor vehicles and bike riders.  This story is a tragic case of what I, as a California bike accident lawyer, see all too frequently, which is a scenario where a motor vehicle strikes a bicycle rider and then flees the scene.  Inevitably, these incidents are witnessed and the witnesses come forward to provide license plate information which leads to criminal convictions and civil actions for recovery of money damages against the motor vehicle operator.  Our thoughts and prayers go out to this particular victim's family.

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Smart Bicycle Safety: Get your bike in shape, get the proper gear, and know the rules of the road to keep you and your family safe!

Smart Bicycle Safety: Get your bike in shape, get the proper gear, and know the rules of the road to keep you and your family safe! | Bicycle Safety and Accident Claims in CA | Scoop.it
Bicycle safety is truly important and there are many ways to make sure your bike (and your family member's bikes) are more safe than ever this year!
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Great tips on getting your bike and your family's bicycles in safe working order coming into the spring and summer (prime two-wheeled riding time especially in warm climates like Southern California).  Article suggests to first start with a thorough inspection and maintenance of the tires, handlebars, brakes, lights and other equipment. Next, make sure the family has proper fitting protective gear including helmets and knee and/or elbow pads for sport biking (like BMX).  Finally, know the rules of the road and teach these to your children.  All of this will go a long way to preventing bicycle accidents and/or minimizing any injury sustained in such an incident.  

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