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Los Angeles Bike Accident Fatalities

Legal Implications of Fatal Los Angeles Bicycle Accidents

Los Angeles is known for its pleasant weather and entertaining venues. The city has a lot to offer, which is why people are interested in moving here. With Los Angeles’s population increasing, the roads may continue to get packed with more vehicles. This may pose a risk to bicyclists as it increases the chances for them to get involved in an accident. Due to the dangerous nature of bike crashes, many collisions result in bicycle fatalities and wrongful deaths. 

At West Coast Trial Lawyers, our skilled bicycle accident attorneys have over 60 years of collective legal experience in handling personal injury cases. With our track record of recovering more than $1 billion in settlements for our clients, we are confident that we will help you get the maximum compensation you deserve. Our 24/7 legal team is available to answer any questions you may have about bicycle accident claims and damages you may be entitled to.

To schedule a free consultation, please contact us by calling 213-927-3700 or filling out our quick contact form.

When Someone Dies in a Bike Accident 

Regrettably, there is no amount of money that can bring back a loved one. However, that does not mean that the ones left behind have to suffer financial loss, as well. The state of California does allow payment to victim’s spouses, but extends remuneration to parents of children and underage children.

Depending on the case, the state may allow settlements to other family members, such as grandparents, siblings, cousins and other relatives, which is determined by the distance and nature of the relationship.

Loss of consortium is a claim presented by a spouse of an injured or perished victim. This claim covers the spouse for loss of companionship, which includes:

  • Emotional Distress
  • Loss of Reputation
  • Pain and Suffering
  • Loss of Consortium
  • Loss of Financial Assistance
  • Mental Anguish

Common Causes of Bike Accidents 

Los Angeles is a feverish metropolitan area congested with commuters, tourists, and pedestrians alike. According to a study, Los Angeles has a traffic accident-related death every 40 hours. Nonprofit organizations such as Vision Zero have made aggressive efforts to decrease the number of traffic accidents by addressing certain roads and city regulations. Vision Zero’s strategic plan is to have all accidents reduced to 0 by 2025. Though speeding is a major factor in many bike crashes, it is not the only cause.

In 2016, when the Vision Zero policy started to take effect, over 260 victims were killed in traffic accidents, which actually increased by 43 percent last year. There are many theories about why Los Angeles is particularly dangerous for cyclists. In fact, some have blamed the police department for spending too much time-fighting crime rather than concerning themselves with the rules of the road. Although traffic accidents are on the rise, speeding tickets have decreased.

Common causes of bike accidents include:

  • Aggressive driving    
  • Driving at night
  • Drinking and driving 
  • Texting
  • Lane splitting
  • Fatigued driving
  • Following too closely
  • Improper merger

Los Angeles County Intersections With the Most Collisions in 2022

IntersectionAccidentCity
Sherman Way and Sepulveda Blvd.47Van Nuys
Manchester Ave. and Figueroa St.45Vermont Knolls
Burbank Blvd. and Sepulveda Blvd.40Van Nuys
Van Nuys Blvd. and Roscoe Blvd.40Panorama City
Western Ave. and Slauson Ave.39Harvard Park
Nordhoff St. and Sepulveda Blvd.37North Hills
Tampa Ave. and Nordhoff St.35Northridge
Sherman Way and Woodman Ave.34Van Nuys
Victory Blvd. and Coldwater Canyon Ave.32Valley Glen
Sherman Way and Van Nuys Blvd.32Van Nuys
Manchester Ave. and Normandie Ave.32Manchester Square
Sherman Way and Coldwater Canyon Ave.31Valley Glen
Sepulveda Blvd. and Devonshire St.31Mission Hills
Vermont Ave. and Wilshire Blvd.31Koreatown
Vermont Ave. and Florence Ave.31Vermont-Slauson
Imperial Highway and Figueroa St.31Vermont Vista
Laurel Canyon Blvd. and Ventura Blvd.30Studio City
Balboa Blvd. and Victory Blvd.30Lake Balboa
La Brea Ave. and Venice Blvd.29Mid-City
Vanowen St. and Reseda Blvd.29Reseda

Contact Us To Find Out How We Can Help

If you have sustained injuries as a result of a bicycle accident, you have the right to hold the guilty party accountable. Our skilled bicycle accident attorneys at West Coast Trial Lawyers can help you recover compensation for the losses you have suffered, including medical bills, property damage, lost wages, and pain and suffering from your injury. 

Contact us today by calling 213-927-3700 or filling out our contact form to schedule a free consultation with our experienced, caring and compassionate legal team.

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