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Bicycle Safety and Accident Claims in CA
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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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Dick Smith's curator insight, July 29, 2016 9:27 AM

It is safety related and would be an interesting area to investigate.

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Front Impact Bicycle Accidents Injury Death Statistics

Front Impact Bicycle Accidents Injury Death Statistics | Bicycle Safety and Accident Claims in CA | Scoop.it
Front impact bicycle accidents occur at a higher rate and cause more serious injuries and deaths than any other type of crash. Bike accident lawyer explains
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Roaming Dogs Killed Cyclist Dog Owners Pay $300,000 

Roaming Dogs Killed Cyclist Dog Owners Pay $300,000  | Bicycle Safety and Accident Claims in CA | Scoop.it
A six-figure settlement was reached earlier this month between the family of a man killed by dogs and the dogs’ owners. The civil suit was brought in Christian County, south of Springfield, about a year and a half after an elderly man was likely mauled by two boxers while riding his bike.
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This is a tragic situation that happens all too often.  People let their dogs just roam free, along comes a cyclist just trying to have a good ride and he or she gets attacked.  Many times this just results in injury but, this time it resulted in a tragic death. Although the article doesn't say, it is my suspicion based upon years of representing cyclists in these and other accident scenarios, that $300,000 was the limit on the homeowner's insurance policy for the dog owner.  Obviously, this doesn't replace a life but, it does give the family some financial compensation and has a deterrent effect on curbing same or similar incidents in the future.

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Would Cyclists be Safer if California Allows Bicycles to Roll Through Stop Signs?

Would Cyclists be Safer if California Allows Bicycles to Roll Through Stop Signs? | Bicycle Safety and Accident Claims in CA | Scoop.it
Would the "Idaho stop" for cyclists make biking safer? Bicyclists have much higher risks of injury when they are involved in traffi
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Look Cycle Recalls Aerostems and Road Bikes Due to Safety Issues

Look Cycle Recalls Aerostems and Road Bikes Due to Safety Issues | Bicycle Safety and Accident Claims in CA | Scoop.it
WASHINGTON, March 28, 2017 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Look Cycle Recalls Aerostems and Road Bikes Due to Fall, Crash Hazards.
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Cyclist's death spurs state to build bike lane, lawsuit settles for $23,000

Cyclist's death spurs state to build bike lane, lawsuit settles for $23,000 | Bicycle Safety and Accident Claims in CA | Scoop.it
The family of Martin Greenough, a 38-year-old cyclist killed on a stretch of road without a bike lane, had filed a $3.6 million lawsuit against the city of Portland and the state of Oregon.
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Even when civil lawsuits don't result in huge money awards, they can be the catalyst for improvements in infrastructure.  This makes us all safer!

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Can Airbag Helmets Prevent Head Injury For Bicyclists?

Can Airbag Helmets Prevent Head Injury For Bicyclists? | Bicycle Safety and Accident Claims in CA | Scoop.it
A Swedish company invented an inflatable helmet that is designed to help prevent head and neck trauma in a bicycle accident. Thes
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Child Bike Accident Attorney Los Angeles

Child Bike Accident Attorney Los Angeles | Bicycle Safety and Accident Claims in CA | Scoop.it
Los Angeles child bike accident attorney explains the legal intricacies of presenting a personal injury claim for a bicycle crash involving a minor in CA
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Use your head and wear a helmet when bicycling

Use your head and wear a helmet when bicycling | Bicycle Safety and Accident Claims in CA | Scoop.it
Choose one that's right for you and replace it as necessary.
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Bicycle Accident Injuries

Bicycle Accident Injuries | Bicycle Safety and Accident Claims in CA | Scoop.it
Bicycle accident injuries and the causes and common types of bodily harm as explained by Los Angeles bike injury attorney Steven M. Sweat
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Bicycle Accident Jury Verdict in California Shows Liability for 2nd Collision

Bicycle Accident Jury Verdict in California Shows Liability for 2nd Collision | Bicycle Safety and Accident Claims in CA | Scoop.it
A recent jury verdict in Santa Cruz County shows how bicycle accidents may involve more than one vehicle, and if the second driver fails to take action to
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Dick Smith's curator insight, July 29, 2016 9:28 AM

More safety concerns regarding bikes. Interesting area to work or research.

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Rocky Mountain Recalls Bicycles with Front Disc Brakes to Replace Quick Release Lever Due to Crash Hazard

Rocky Mountain Recalls Bicycles with Front Disc Brakes to Replace Quick Release Lever Due to Crash Hazard | Bicycle Safety and Accident Claims in CA | Scoop.it
WASHINGTON, May 19, 2016 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Rocky Mountain Recalls Bicycles with Front Disc Brakes to Replace Quick Release Lever Due to Crash Hazard.
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How Cyclists Should Handle an Angry Driver

How Cyclists Should Handle an Angry Driver | Bicycle Safety and Accident Claims in CA | Scoop.it
No good comes from engaging with road rage while cycling. Here’s how to handle an angry driver when you’re on a bike.
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Road rage is, unfortunately, all too common between drivers of motor vehicles but, even more common between car drivers and bike riders.  Find out how to diffuse the situation and keep it from escalating.

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Right Turn Bicycle Accident Claims | Bike Accident Lawyer

Right Turn Bicycle Accident Claims | Bike Accident Lawyer | Bicycle Safety and Accident Claims in CA | Scoop.it
Right-hand turn bicycle accident claims are, unfortunately, an all too common occurrence in my experience in providing legal representation for cyclists. An increasing number of people in Los Angeles and throughout California are choosing to ride bicycles as a primary mode of transportation to their jobs. The League of American Bicyclists reports that nearly 1 …
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Los Angeles agrees to $6.5 million settlement after cyclist hit a pothole and crashed 

Los Angeles agrees to $6.5 million settlement after cyclist hit a pothole and crashed  | Bicycle Safety and Accident Claims in CA | Scoop.it
Los Angeles will pay $6.5 million to settle a lawsuit from a man who suffered severe injuries after his bicycle hit a pothole in Sherman Oaks, city lawmakers agreed Wednesday.
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Dangerous roadway conditions like potholes can cause cars to be damaged but, when your on a bicycle, they can cause serious injury or even death.  As Los Angeles purports to be moving toward more "bike-friendly" streets, this is an issue that must be addressed.

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Bicycle Accidents Have Cost Us Billions of Dollars Since the 90s

Bicycle Accidents Have Cost Us Billions of Dollars Since the 90s | Bicycle Safety and Accident Claims in CA | Scoop.it
A new study on bicycle accidents found that there has been $237 billion worth of accidents over the last 17 years.
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Marin Mountain Bikes Recalled Due to Crash Hazards

Marin Mountain Bikes Recalled Due to Crash Hazards | Bicycle Safety and Accident Claims in CA | Scoop.it
WASHINGTON, April 6, 2017 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Marin Mountain Bikes Recalls Bicycles Due to Fall, Crash Hazards.
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Fuji Bicycles Recalled Due to Fall Hazard

Fuji Bicycles Recalled Due to Fall Hazard | Bicycle Safety and Accident Claims in CA | Scoop.it
WASHINGTON, March 15, 2017 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Advanced Sports International Recalls Fuji Bicycles Due to Fall Hazard.
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Do mandatory bike helmet laws help reduce injuries ?

Do mandatory bike helmet laws help reduce injuries ? | Bicycle Safety and Accident Claims in CA | Scoop.it
Do mandatory bike helmet laws help reduce injury? Bicycle accident attorney in Los Angeles, CA explores arguments for / against requiring cyclist headgear.
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Can Airbag Helmets Increase Bike Safety?

Can Airbag Helmets Increase Bike Safety? | Bicycle Safety and Accident Claims in CA | Scoop.it
New research claims inflatable helmets can protect your head in a bike crash better than regular helmets—so we did a little digging.
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Study: Bike Helmets Lower Risk of Brain Injuries and Death

Study: Bike Helmets Lower Risk of Brain Injuries and Death | Bicycle Safety and Accident Claims in CA | Scoop.it
Despite some criticism of bike helmets for not being protective enough, they do cut the risk of severe traumatic brain injury (TBI) by half when riders suf
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Bicycle accident insurance for cyclists

Bicycle accident insurance for cyclists | Bicycle Safety and Accident Claims in CA | Scoop.it
Bicycle accident insurance can be acquired through auto accident policies or now as a separate policy of insurance to protect against damage and injury.
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A fairly recent addition to the insurance coverage world is "bike accident insurance."  While many people who own both bikes and cars may be covered through their auto policy, people who use bicycles as a sole means of transport now have an option to be insured.

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Is Google is teaching its self-driving cars to share the road with cyclists?

Is Google is teaching its self-driving cars to share the road with cyclists? | Bicycle Safety and Accident Claims in CA | Scoop.it
The autonomous vehicle can even recognize cyclists' hand signals. Could this change driving culture in general?
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For legal assistance with any cycling v. auto accident claim in California get more information here .

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Bicycle Accidents Caused by Parked Cars

Bicycle Accidents Caused by Parked Cars | Bicycle Safety and Accident Claims in CA | Scoop.it
Bicycle accidents caused by parked cars can be the result of negligence on motor vehicle owners and operators. Call California bike injury lawyers.
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Working With Bicycle Accident Investigation and Reconstruction Experts

Working With Bicycle Accident Investigation and Reconstruction Experts | Bicycle Safety and Accident Claims in CA | Scoop.it
Bicyclists who are involved in accidents with motor vehicles have a much greater risk of suffering from serious injuries than occupants o
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Dick Smith's curator insight, July 29, 2016 9:29 AM

Safety investigation my area of interest to work in.

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Cycling and Brain Injuries: The Dave Mirra Example

Cycling and Brain Injuries: The Dave Mirra Example | Bicycle Safety and Accident Claims in CA | Scoop.it
When Dave Mirra's died, cyclists wondered if CTE was a cause. We spoke with doctors about the likelihood of an average rider becoming brain damaged.
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Dave Mirra was one of the greatest BMX bicycle champions of all time.  His sudden suicide has begun to raise many questions about cycling, head trauma and the long term effects (including depression) of traumatic brain injury.

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