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Bicycle Hand Signals In California

It is not a stretch to say that people live or die by the rules of the road. Understanding California’s regulations will not only save your life, but will protect other people on the road as well. Bike laws in California generally regulate the modification of bicycles and also describe the procedures to be taken after a bike crash. California is not a no-fault state, which means the burden is on the plaintiff to prove the negligence of the other party. 

If you do not know the rules of the road, you could be ignorant to the appropriate hand signals cyclists use to protect themselves. When an insurance company claims “comparative negligence” you may need a qualified lawyer in your corner. West Coast Trial Lawyers are the top bike accident attorneys in Los Angeles and can help you with any personal injury case. We are always available to answer any questions you may have about bicycle accident claims in California. 

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Benefits Of Using Hand Signals 

Bells, horns, and flashing lights are beneficial to all cyclists. However, while in traffic it is best to follow all traffic rules and codes to ensure the safest conditions possible. These rules include the use of hand signals by cyclists to communicate with drivers. The benefits of hand signals include:

  • Clear communication with multiple drivers 
  • Free to use and do not require any fancy or expensive equipment 
  • Effective even with drivers who listen to loud music or who do not pay attention to the sounds of the road   
  • Effective with drivers who are hearing impaired 

The Left Turn 

When making a left turn, hold your left arm out straight out to the left. This will show everyone riding behind you that you are about to make a sharp turn. 

The Right Turn 

For right turns, you actually have two options. The first option is to simply hold out your right hand horizontally, creating a right angle between your under arm and your body. 

The Alternate Right Turn 

The second choice for signaling a right turn is to create a right angle with your left arm. By lifting your left arm and creating a small square with your elbow, you are indicating to all motorists that you are about to make a left turn. 

Stop / Slow Down

This signal is particularly important when preventing a bike crash. To show traffic that you are intending on slowing down or making a complete stop, hold your left arm downward with your palm open. 

West Coast Trial Lawyers Is Here to Help

If you have sustained injuries as a result of a bicycle accident, you have the right to hold the guilty party responsible. A bicycle accident attorney at our firm can help you recover financial compensation for the losses you have suffered, including medical bills, property damage, lost wages, and pain and suffering from your injury. 

Call us today at (213) 927-3700 or email to schedule a free consultation with our experienced, caring and compassionate legal team.

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