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With all the traffic congestion on the 405 Freeway, just getting to work in downtown Irvine can be a real nightmare. Many people are now choosing alternative forms of transportation to get around the city, such as bicycling. Yet they are not entirely aware of the risks involved. As recently as 2016, twelve people in Orange County lost their lives while simply going for a bike ride. In other words, one person a month was killed for just riding his or her bike on Orange County’s public roadways.
It goes without saying that even with proper helmets and safety equipment, bicyclists are completely vulnerable to the brute force of a moving vehicle. In addition to various requirements intended to promote a safer cycling culture on our public roadways, the state of California offers protections for bicyclists.
The state of California is moving in the right direction and enacting measures to protect cyclists on the road, but there are still too many deaths and injuries caused by negligent drivers. Anytime a driver fails to watch the road for bicyclists and does not respect right of way laws, the resulting injuries will inevitably be disastrous.
The Irvine bicycle injury lawyers at West Coast Trial Lawyers are here to help. Our team has decades of experience in assisting bicycle accident victims, and we will fight to recover all the financial compensation you are entitled to so that you can focus on your recovery and on the ones you love.
Below is a list of bicycle requirements, courtesy of the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV):
In addition, there are requirements when riding at night. All bicycles must have the following:
Even an experienced Irvine cyclist can be involved in an accident. There are, however, certain factors that increase the likelihood of cycling injuries or death, including:
Age: Adults between the ages of 50 and 59 years are at the highest risk of being involved in a fatal bicycle accident. On the other hand, children and adolescents aged 5 to 19 have the highest rates of being involved in a nonfatal bicycle accident.
Alcohol: Alcohol played a role in more than 1/3rd of all fatal bike accidents.
Time of Day: Most fatal bike accidents took place between 4pm and 8pm
Sex: In contrast to their female counterparts, males are at least 6 times more likely to die and 4 times more likely to be injured while on a bicycle.
Area: Most fatal bike accidents occur in urban and non-intersection areas.
Helmets: Helmets will not prevent bike accidents, but they can help prevent head injuries or brain trauma.
It’s impossible to predict when or if a bicycling accident will occur, but it’s important to be prepared in the unfortunate event of an accident. To help protect your rights and increase the likelihood of achieving the best outcome in your bicycle injury case, our bicycle accident lawyers have outlined Seven Steps To Take After A Bicycle Accident
Your Irvine bicycle injury lawyer has options to resort to if dealing with an uninsured or underinsured driver. Please visit our page Bicycling Accident With An Uninsured Driver.
If you have sustained injuries as a result of a bicycle accident in the city of Irvine, a bicycle injury lawyer 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. Call us today at (213) 927-3700 or email [email protected] to schedule a free consultation with our experienced, caring, and compassionate legal team.