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Los Angeles has more than 2,000 bicycle accidents every year, and California as a whole leads the nation in bike accidents. Nationwide, bicyclist fatalities account for just 2% of auto accidents in the country, but California’s rate is more than double this. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), bicycle accidents are on the rise. Bicycle accidents involving motor vehicles are likely to cause serious and potentially fatal injuries to bicyclists. If you have been injured in a bicycle accident, you may have the right to compensation from the responsible party. An experienced bicycle accident lawyer in Los Angeles can help you explore your legal options.
Bicycle Accidents in Los Angeles
California law requires bicyclists follow certain rules on the road, including yielding to traffic before entering a roadway and sticking to the rightmost section of the lane unless passing a vehicle. Despite these laws to protect bicyclists, many bicyclists are injured or even killed every day due to inattentive or aggressive California drivers. There are many factors that contribute to bicycle accidents, but the cause is usually a driver or bicyclist negligence or inattention. Common causes of bicycle accidents in Los Angeles include:
- Intrusion into a bike lane
- Failing to yield right-of-way
- Failing to check for bicyclists at an intersection
- Failing to stop at a stop sign or red light
- Distracted driving
- Drunk driving
- Dooring accidents
Contact a Los Angeles Bicycle Accident Attorney
To receive compensation from the liable party in your accident, you will need to establish their negligence, willful actions, or recklessness contributed to your injuries. A personal injury attorney can help you acquire evidence to support your claim which may include expert testimony, photographs, video evidence, police reports, and medical records. Do not speak with the insurance company until you talk to our personal injury attorney in Los Angeles, California about your case. Insurance adjusters work for the insurance company to pay out as little as possible. Our Los angeles bicycle accident attorney will work on your behalf to protect your rights and seek the maximum compensation. Contact the Law Office of Tawni Takagi today for a free consultation with Los Angeles bicycle accident lawyer to discuss your case. Visit Law Office of Tawni Takagi for more information
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA)¹ – https://www.nhtsa.gov/