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We at West Coast Trial Lawyers have followed the evolution of bike-sharing systems. With the growing popularity of electric bikes and bike-sharing systems in California, there is no surprise that the culture has taken cities like Riverside by storm. In fact, Riverside has taken to the trend so readily that that city has set up its own bike-sharing program called Bike Riverside in 2018.
Though there are many benefits to a bike-sharing program, such as a positive environmental impact and overall convenience, the overflow of too many bikes can lead to more accidents. Unfortunately, because bikes have little to no protection when colliding with a car or truck, the injuries suffered from a bike accident are usually more severe.
If you have suffered injuries or property loss after a bicycle accident, you may be entitled to compensatory damages for:
- Your medical bills
- Loss of consortium
- Pain and suffering
- Property damage
- Loss of current and future wages
- Loss of enjoyment of life
The Riverside bike accident lawyers at West Coast Trial Lawyers have over 60 years of combined experience and have awarded our clients over $1billion in collective damages. Our skilled personal injury attorneys excel in Riverside bike accident law and know how to win a successful case. Contact West Coast Trial Lawyers at (951) 393-1299 to discuss you personal injury case and learn how you can earn maximum compensation.Who is Responsible For A Bike Accident In Riverside?
In most court cases it is up to the plaintiff to prove that the defendant acted negligently in some way and that negligence directly led to the plaintiff's injury or property damage. It is up to the court to determine whose fault the accident was by reviewing the evidence and deciding which party has the strongest case. A court may even consider comparative negligence and decide that both parties are to blame. When reviewing a court case, here are some of the factors a court may analyze.
- Who has the right-of-way? In a situation where there are two vehicles on a narrow road and neither can pass, the vehicle traveling downhill must allow the uphill vehicle to pass first. In California, traffic lights are your guide as to who has the right-of-way. If two vehicles are traveling on similar routes and stop at a stop sign or traffic light, it is the person who arrived first who will have the right-of-way. If both vehicles arrived at the same time, it is usually the vehicle to the right that will have the right-of-way.
- Did someone fail to signal? Everyone on the road is expected to know the rules. This includes using proper signals, whether they are hand signals or built in traffic signals in your vehicle. If you violated the law and did not signal, your case may not be favored in the courtroom.
- Was the required lighting used at night? Generally speaking, both the driver and the cyclist are equally responsible for their visibility when traveling the streets, especially at night. If a cyclist is not wearing the proper reflective gear, and instead decides to wear all black, the courts might lean toward comparative or shared negligence.
- What about the bicycle lane? Non-profit companies such as Vision Zero have devised several methods to keep the streets safer for pedestrians and cyclists alike. This includes the placement of several bike lanes, proper signage, appropriate lighting and fixing potholes. The bike lane is strictly for bicycles and no other vehicle may ride in it. California state law addresses this with Vehicle Code 21209 VC, which suggests that any person who injures someone while driving in the bike lane will likely be held liable for damages.
How To Equip Your Bike
Brakes: Legally, every bicycle must be equipped with working brakes. The brakes have to be able to grant the user the ability to perform a one-brakes-wheel skid on dry, level and clean pavement. CVC 21201(a) Handlebars: The state standard for handlebars is that they cannot be any higher than the cyclist’s shoulders. CVC 21201(b) Bicycle size: Bicycles cannot exceed a size that is too large for the rider to stop, support with one leg, and start again. It is required that all bikes must be made from a sturdy, light material that gives the rider more control. CVC 21201(c)
Lights: A white headlight is recommended and required, especially for drivers who will be riding at night. It doesn’t matter if the light is attached to the helmet or the bike itself. CVC 21201(d) and CVC 21201(e)
Reflectors: Night time riders are required to have the following reflectors:
- On the rear, a red reflector.
- Visible from all sides, there must be a: white or yellow reflector on each pedal or on the bicyclist’s shoes or ankles.
- Visible from the sides, there should be: 1) a white or yellow reflector on the front half 2) a red or white reflector on each side of the back. CVC 21201(d)
If you have sustained injuries in the city of Riverside or surrounding areas as a result of a bicycle accident, a personal injury attorney at our firm can help you recover financial compensation for the losses you have suffered, including medical bills, property damage, lost wages, loss of consortium, emotional distress and pain and suffering. We have offices in Glendale, Bakersfield, Irvine, Beverly Hills, Long Beach, Riverside, Pasadena, San Bernardino, Woodland Hills, and Solana Beach. Call (951) 393-1299 or email our team at [email protected]