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California has many cycling enthusiasts and more cyclist traffic fatalities than any other state. Attorney Steven R. Andrade and his team at Andrade Law Offices in Santa Barbara recognize that cyclists have the same rights to the road as motorists in cars and trucks. If you are a bicyclist who has been seriously injured by a reckless or inattentive driver, we will take your concerns seriously, review the facts of your accident and explain your legal options. When we identify driver negligence as a cause of the accident, we will move forward aggressively and pursue justice for you.

Even though cyclists are increasingly common on the highways of Southern California, motorists often fail to see riders because they are only looking for larger vehicles or they aren’t paying enough attention. We will investigate all the contributing factors after a serious bicycle accident. Bicycle riders are vulnerable to serious injuries because they do not have the protection of a passenger compartment. Bicyclists who survive crashes are likely to have broken bones, abrasions, contusions, back and spine injuries, and traumatic brain injuries (TBI), particularly if they are not wearing a helmet.

If you or a bicyclist you care about has been in a collision with a motor vehicle, you may be facing lengthy medical treatment and rehabilitation to recover from the accident. If the accident was someone else’s fault, the injured cyclist may be entitled to compensation to assist with medical bills and other losses from the at-fault driver and their insurance company.

The legal team at Andrade Law Offices helps injured bicyclists and/or their families obtain compensation that they are due after accidents in Southern California. Call Andrade Law Offices at 805-962-4944 to set up a discussion of your concerns and the options available to you. We help cyclists.

We Help Bicycle Accident Victims and Their Families

When Californians operate motor vehicles, they have a legal duty to exercise the care necessary to ensure an accident does not happen. This includes sharing the road with bicyclists.

Unfortunately, despite a variety of public awareness campaigns, as well as safety rules taught in driver’s education courses, many motorists continue to engage in such careless and reckless behavior as aggressive driving, distracted driving, drunk and drugged driving, fatigued driving, speeding, and failure to obey traffic signals and/or to yield right of way.

When a bicyclist is hit and injured or killed because of a motorist’s carelessness or recklessness, the at-fault driver should be held accountable. A bicycle accident attorney experienced in California cases can help the injured cyclist or their family obtain compensation for medical bills, property damage, lost income, pain, suffering and more.

Andrade Law Offices has a successful track record of pursuing bicycle accident claims for injured cyclists and their families in Southern California. Steven Andrade has won multi-million dollar settlements and court verdicts, and aggressively pursues the compensation on behalf of every client.

The Profile of Bicycle Accidents and Injured Bicyclists

Biking is increasingly popular, especially in Southern California, where the climate makes riding comfortable year-round. Unfortunately, the increase in riders is reflected in a

bike116% increase in bicycle accident fatalities from 2010 to 2012, according to a bicycle safety study by the Governor’s Highway Safety Association.

The surge in bicycle ridership has resulted in more encounters between motorists and cyclists and an increase in adult bicycle accident injuries.

bike2The percentage of adults 20 and older who died in bicycle accidents increased from 21% to 84% from 1975 to 2012, the GHSA says. Meanwhile, the percentage of fatally injured bicyclists younger than age 20 decreased.
bike3California has recorded more bicycle accident deaths than any other state in recent years, according to the Governor’s Highway Safety Association. More than 330 riders were killed in collisions from 2010 to 2012. Bicycle accident deaths are more likely to occur in urban areas. More than a third of fatal accidents involving bicyclists occurred at intersections, according to the GHSA.

The most common accident scenario in fatal bicycle crashes is a vehicle traveling in the same direction as a bicycle hits the cyclist from behind, according to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (HIS). Crashes involving turning vehicles and bicycles either crossing traffic or moving in line with traffic are the second- and third-most common crashes, respectively, but are not among the most common fatal crash scenarios.

The NHTSA says drivers of motor vehicles must remember to share the road with bicyclists. Drivers should:

  • Allow at least 3 feet of clearance when passing a bicyclist on the road
  • Look for cyclists before opening a car door or pulling out from a parking space
  • Yield to cyclists at intersections and as directed by signs and signals
  • Be especially watchful for cyclists when making left or right turns

Failure to follow these simple rules could be the cause of a crash and a bicyclist injury or death. California law requires motorists to 3 feet of room between a motor vehicle and a bicyclist, just as all riders in California are required to wear helmets.

Contact Us Today About Your CA Bicycle Accident

Steven Andrade’s 30 years of trial experience make him highly qualified to pursue high-stake personal injury and wrongful death cases, such as those involving harm done in bicycle accidents. He has earned a reputation as a tenacious lawyer unafraid of taking any case to trial.

Contact Andrade Law Offices for a free, no-obligation initial legal consultation about your bicycle accident. In personal injury and wrongful death matters, you owe us nothing until we win your case. Call today to start the work necessary to ensure a secure financial future for you and your family.

Sources:

Governors Highway Safety Association: Spotlight on Safety – Bicycle Safety

National Highway Traffic Safety Administration: Traffic Safety Facts – Bicyclists and Other Cyclists

Los Angeles Times: California’s 3-foot buffer zone for cyclists takes effect today

Insurance Institute for Highway Safety: Bicycle crash study could guide design of bicyclist detection systems