There are some wonderful places to ride a bicycle in California. Riding your bike in Los Angeles or other congested metro areas can be a bit more of a challenge. As a cyclist, you need to be careful and even them most skilled bicycle rider can be a victim of a careless driver. If you or a loved one has been involved in a bicycle accident in Los Angeles, you should consult with an experienced bicycle accident attorney at Grey Law. Our attorneys have over 25 years of extensive experience handling personal injury claims and lawsuits on behalf of injured bicyclists and will help you recover full and just compensation for your injuries.
A bike accident can be very frightening and the injuries involved may be extremely painful. There are many different injuries that a person may suffer due to a bicycle accident, including:
- Head injury
- Fractured bones
- Spinal cord injury
- Acetabular fracture (broken pelvis)
- Ankle fractures
- Fractured collarbone (clavicle)
- Internal organ damage
- Road rash injuries
- Traumatic brain injury
- Wrongful death
Bicycle Accident Statistics
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) offers the following statistics:
- Nearly all bicycle deaths are caused by accidents between bikes and motor vehicles.
- Over 20% of all biking fatalities in the U.S. are of children age 5-15.
- Bicycling results in more emergency room admissions than any other sport or activity.
- The most common cause of death from a bicycle accident is head and brain injury.
- Bicycle accidents which do not occur amid car traffic commonly happen in bike paths, driveways and parks.
- In Los Angeles, cyclists may ride on sidewalks unless they exhibit “willful” or “wanton” behavior.
- Los Angeles has 1,200 miles of bike ways, but many are along busy thoroughfares on which cars and bikes compete for space.
- At the turn of the century, Los Angeles was considered the bicycle capital of the nation, and portions of the route taken by the Pasadena Freeway had been a bike way.
- Just 0.6% of Los Angeles’ 28,000 miles of street lanes are for bikes, compared to cities like Portland who have about 6% of its 3,949 miles of street lanes for bikes.
- In 2006, 28 people in Los Angeles County were killed on bikes, according to the California Office of Traffic Safety.
Tips if you are ever in a bicycle accident
Riding your bicycle is a safe, healthy and cherished way of life, but we have a long way to go to create a truly bicycle-friendly community.
- Ride with a cell phone, personal identification, emergency contact, and something to write with.
- Call the police or an ambulance immediately. If you are unable to do so, ask someone to help.
- Always wait for the police to arrive and file an official accident report. A police report provides documentation detailing the incident, including the identity of witnesses.
- Leave your bike in the same state it was after the accident, if possible. Take pictures of the bike and the scene of the accident, if possible.
- Obtain the contact information of any witnesses.
- Immediately seek medical attention.
- Never negotiate with the driver of the vehicle, regardless of who may be at fault. Get the driver’s name and his or her insurance information, along with the names of any passengers.
- Give no written or recorded statements to anyone.
Bicycling accidents can occur numerous ways. About one third of bicycle accidents involve a collision between a cyclist and a motor vehicle. Cycling accidents frequently result in very serious injury to the cyclist. If you or a loved one has been involved in a bicycle accident contact the Los Angeles bicycle accident attorneys at Grey Law. Our attorneys will help you get the compensation you deserve. You may be able to file a bicycle accident claim and receive monetary compensation for your injuries. Our attorneys will investigate all aspects of your accident to find out who is at fault. Contact us today at 323-857-9500.