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With the popularity of bike-sharing systems, it is becoming more common for pedestrians to travel by bicycle. However, when combined with the city’s aggressive traffic and congested streets, many do not realize the danger they’re in. Based on data compiled between 2007-2017, Beverly Hills was deemed as one of the most dangerous cities for a bicyclist in the state of California by the Office of Traffic Safety. To put that into perspective, injuries actually went up 40% from the previous decade.
If you were injured or suffered property loss in a bicycle accident, the party or parties responsible for your losses will generally have to pay for your damages. The first step towards recovering damages owed to you can be accomplished by filing a personal injury lawsuit.
Please don’t hesitate to contact our team of Beverly Hills bicycle accident attorneys 24/7 at (310) 928-0990 or feel free to email us at [email protected] to schedule a free consultation with our experienced, caring and compassionate legal team. At West Coast Trial Lawyers, we are always here to answer any questions you may have about bicycle accident claims and financial compensation that may be owed to you.Beverly Hills Bicycle Safety And Regulations
Below, our experienced Beverly Hills bicycle accident attorneys will discuss bicycle hand signals, as where you are and are not allowed to ride your bicycle.
- Stop / Slow Down: This is a very important signal that can help prevent a bike accident. In order to let drivers know you need to slow down or make a complete stop, hold your left arm downward with your palm open.
- The Left Turn: When you need to make a left turn, hold your left arm out straight out to the left.
- The Right Turn: The first option is to hold out your right hand horizontally and create a right angle between your underarm and your body. Another way to signal a right turn is to create a right angle with your left arm.
For the most part, if you are riding at the same speed as traffic around you, you are generally allowed to ride wherever you want. You are still allowed to take a lane if you aren’t moving at the same speed as traffic. However, you are required to ride your bike as close to the right side of the road as you possibly can.
The exceptions to this rule are when passing, when preparing to make a left turn, in order to avoid hazards, when a lane is too narrow to share, or when approaching a place where right turns are authorized.
- Freeways: Bicycles are never allowed on a freeway or an expressway.
- Toll bridges: Bicycles are never allowed to cross a toll bridge unless they have permission from the California Department of Transportation.
- Bike Lanes: Bicyclists who are traveling at slower speeds than surrounding traffic must use an available bike lane except when passing, making a left turn, avoiding hazards, or when approaching a place where right turns are authorized.
- Sidewalks: Different cities and counties will determine whether a bicyclist may ride on the sidewalk. Beverly Hills does not allow this, but other neighboring areas do.
The big question always is, who is responsible for a bicycle accident. The truth is that it depends. However, as with most personal injury claims, liability typically comes down to negligence. In other words, whose negligence caused the bicycle accident? When it comes to bicycle accidents, negligence is a form of careless or reckless behavior. Numerous parties can be found guilty of negligence. This includes drivers, pedestrians, a city or government entity for poor street maintenance, and even a bicycle manufacturer that designs or produces a defective product.
However, for the most part, it is generally a driver that is found guilty of causing a bicycle accident. In other words, if a driver is negligent and causes you to suffer injuries as a bicyclist, that driver will typically be held liable for any injuries caused to you, as well as the resulting damages.
What does driver negligence mean? A few common examples of driver negligence in relation to a bicycle accident include:
- Disobeying speed limits
- Making a left turn into a bicyclist
- Not giving a bicyclist three (3) feet of space to maneuver
- Being under the influence of drugs or alcohol
- Driving distracted and not paying attention to the road
- Texting and driving
- Disobeying other traffic laws or signals
It’s not hard to see how driver negligence can cause a bicyclist to suffer serious injuries or even death. A bicyclist is really no match for the oncoming rush of a speeding vehicle. Negligent behavior behind the wheel is both immoral and against the law. All motorists have a legal duty of care while operating a vehicle. This means, at the very least, following traffic laws, obeying traffic signals, not being under the influence, and watching out for bicyclists. Some people don’t know that bicyclists actually have the same rights on the road as motorists. This means that they are entitled to the same protections.
In summary, a driver who does not use reasonable care while operating a vehicle may be found liable for causing a bicycle accident. If you were injured in a bicycle accident that was caused by a driver’s negligent behavior, you have to prove that negligence was the primary cause of your injuries.
The legal standard for negligence in the state of California will consider the following three elements:
- The driver owed the bicyclist a duty of care
- The driver breached his or her duty of care through negligence, and
- The driver’s negligence was the primary cause of the injuries sustained
If you were involved in a bus accident and have sustained injuries as a result of negligence or deliberate acts of malice, you have the right to hold the guilty party responsible for your losses. A Beverly Hills bicycle accident attorney at our firm can recover financial compensation for the losses you have suffered.
Call us today at (310) 928-0990 or email [email protected] to schedule a free consultation with our experienced, caring and compassionate legal team.