Avoiding Bike Accidents in Los Angeles

Posted on November 18, 2014 by

Bicycling is a healthy, efficient, inexpensive and eco-friendly means of transportation in LA. Not only do you get an effective workout, riding a bicycle regularly reduces your gas consumption and contributes to a cleaner environment.

Bike riders, however, face safety risks every time they take to the streets. A study presented by the Los Angeles Police reported a total of 1581 collisions involving bicycles in LA in 2008 alone.

Depending on actual circumstances of each case, a bicycle accident can result in minor to severe injuries and even death.

While common in highly urbanized areas, such as the city of Los Angeles, there are safety precautions that you can implement which will reduce your chances of becoming the victim of a bicycle accident.

Factors Causing Bicycle Crashes

Various factors that can lead to a bicycle crash include:

  • Traveling in the wrong direction
  • Failure to yield
  • Taking an unsafe turn
  • Not observing traffic signs such as red lights and stops
  • Driver inattention
  • Unsafe speed
  • Lane change/passing

Accidents also tend to occur at intersections, at junctions with commercial and private driveways and as result of road hazards.

Safety Tips

Maintain visibility

  • Ride in the direction of traffic, not against it – a cyclist rarely gets hit from behind
  • Ride in a straight line and along bike paths, trails, paved shoulders, bike lanes or bike routes
  • Don’t weave in and out of lanes
  • Don’t ride on sidewalks
  • At night, use headlights, tail lights, reflectors and bright or neon-colored clothing with reflective materials
  • Use hand signals to indicate that you are turning and stopping
  • Yield to traffic and pedestrians

Be Attentive

  • Don’t use a cellphone or wear headphones while riding
  • Look out for objects or hazards on the road such as rocks, wet leaves, trash, potholes and other obstructions that can make you lose balance and fall off your bicycle
  • Watch for car doors opening, cars pulling in and out of driveways, and parked vehicles
  • At intersections, be mindful of cars and pedestrians before making a turn or crossing
  • Move only when you are certain that the other driver has seen you and has slowed down
  • Observe traffic rules and signs
  • Wear a properly fitted bicycle helmet to prevent head injury

Should you be the unfortunate victim of a bicycle accident in Los Angeles that was caused by another vehicle, Marvin S. Lanter has the experience and proven results to assist with any potential claim for damages. Contact us today for an initial free consultation at (310) 276-1142.

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