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Ranked number four on the Bicycle Friendly States report from the League of American Bicyclists, California has promoted education and funding for bike safety since its introduction of bike lanes in the 1960s. They introduced bike laws, road signs, and other precautions to encourage cycling. But even with these safety measures, bike accidents still happen and cause much damage if improperly handled. If you are unsure what to do after a bicycle accident, contact Avrek Law for help through every step of the process.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Association (NHTSA), there were 938 bicycle fatalities in the U.S. in 2020. Motorcycle riders also saw an increase in fatalities, with 5,932 deaths in 2021. While some accidents are not fully preventable, the National Security Council reported 1,260 preventable bicycle deaths in 2020. Following the proper road safety can help keep you and others safe while riding. Some safety precautions include:
- Follow the proper bicycle safety regulations in your state. The California bicycle helmet law requires anyone under 18 to wear a helmet. However, regardless of age, it’s highly recommended that all wear a fitted helmet while riding.
- Register your bicycle in your city.
- Check your brakes and use reflectors when night riding.
- Have the proper bicycle accident insurance if available.
- Have easy access to a reputable law firm like Avrek Law.
While insurance is one of the top preventative measures, it is not available for pedal cyclists. However, you can still receive compensation for your accident. Talking with a trusted lawyer like those at Avrek Law can help you determine the right course of action for your case.
The California DMV reported more than 10,000 bicycle accident injuries yearly due to unsafe driving and riding practices. After a bicycle accident, you should first seek medical attention and work with the other party for the next steps. Unfortunately, some accidents can become a “hit-and-run.” In this case, the colliding vehicle fails to stop to assist or exchange contact information. Hit-and-run accidents can happen as a result of:
- Cars and SUV’s not paying attention to bike lanes on the street
- Biker or car not following the red signal lights
- Distracted driving
- Driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol
Because some of the most common bike injuries include head injuries like a TBI (traumatic brain injury), it can be difficult to manage all the accident details of a hit-and-run bike accident alone. Working with a knowledgeable attorney to receive the proper bike accident compensation will be beneficial in these cases.
Unsure What to Do After a Bicycle Accident? Call Avrek Law.
Not knowing what to do after a bicycle accident or what to do after a motorcycle accident can become frustrating and overwhelming without the right help. Avrek Law has some of the best personal injury attorneys to help you with your personal injury case. Their expertise has helped recover more than $1 billion in compensation for over 45,000 cases, including bike accidents. Receive the bike accident compensation you deserve by working with a reputable law firm like Avrek Law. Get started with a free consultation today!