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TORRANCE BIKE ACCIDENT LAWYERS
Protecting South Bay Cyclists Since 1984
Bicyclists are some of the most vulnerable people on U.S. roadways given their lack of outer protection. As a result, when motor vehicle accidents occur, bicyclists are typically the victims who suffer the most severe injuries – research has shown that motor vehicle accidents caused 90 percent of all bike accident deaths. According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), over 467,000 bicycle accident injuries were reported in 2015 alone. If you or a loved one has been injured as a bicyclist, you're most likely dealing with serious injuries and expenses such as medical bills and lost income.
AgnewBrusavich has represented injured victims in Torrance and throughout the South Bay for over three decades. Our bike accident lawyers know how painful and traumatic this time may be and can concentrate on getting you the compensation you deserve while you focus on your job: recovering. We've handled a wide range of bicycle accident cases and are prepared to help you through your unique situation.
When you hire an AgnewBrusavich attorney, you are not just getting one attorney, you are getting a whole team of attorneys dedicated to your success.
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We are not afraid to take your case to trial to fight for everything you deserve and we have a strong history of winning the cases we try.
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When our legal professionals take on your case, we work to obtain your maximum compensation and have a history of proven successes.
Wealth of Experience
Our team of injury attorneys has over 100 years of combined experience advocating on behalf of the rights of the injured.
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We Have Obtained Millions on Behalf of Injured Cyclists and Their Families
UNDERSTANDING YOUR BICYCLIST RIGHTS IN CALIFORNIA
California actively promotes bicycle use and has worked to make bike riding safer over the years by creating additional bike lanes, but unfortunately, bike accidents still occur in the state and its major cities. According to the California Department of Public Health, 189 people were killed in bicycle accidents in 2016.
The state recognizes that bicyclists have the same rights and responsibilities as drivers of motor vehicles. This means that bicyclists must obey the same traffic signals and posted speed limits as well as provide for the safety of others. Many drivers cause accidents when they fail to recognize these rights.
Some common examples of California bicycle laws include:
- Bicyclists must ride with the flow of traffic
- Motorists must maintain a distance of at least three feet when overtaking or passing a bicycle
- Motorists are prohibited from blocking the designated bike lane
- Bicyclists must have lights and reflectors to help illuminate the road at night
- Bicyclists, like all motorists, must yield to pedestrians
WHO CAN BE HELD LIABLE FOR DAMAGES AFTER AN ACCIDENT?
Determining liability can be complex when bicycle accidents occur. While it often makes sense to fault the driver involved, sometimes other parties may be held liable for damages. If a bicyclist is injured while traveling on a damaged or poorly repaired road, the government entity responsible for maintaining that road could be held responsible in a personal injury claim.
Similarly, bicyclists who are injured by a faulty part or bike defect can file a claim against their bike manufacturer or designer. Bicycle companies recall certain bike makes and models all the time when their defects contribute to accidents and injuries.
This complexity is why you need to hire an established law firm to look into your accident. Our attorneys have more than 100 years of combined experience helping injured individuals and families and can get you the support you need during a chaotic tim
HOW BICYCLE ACCIDENTS ARE CAUSED
Bicycle accidents often occur on public roads and in bike lanes, though they can also happen in driveways, parking lots, and sidewalks. Many factors can contribute to a bicycle accident, though they're often driver-related.
Drivers can seriously injure bicyclists when they:
- Are distracted: Distracted driving is a leading cause of all motor vehicle accidents, and bicycle accidents are no exception, especially when they can easily be missed or hidden in the blind spot of a driver who isn't paying attention. Looking away from the road for a few seconds to read a text is more than enough time to fail to register a bicyclist crossing the street or biking behind them in a parking lot.
- Fail to give the bicyclist enough room: Drivers often make the mistake of following cyclists too closely, especially when they're riding at slower speeds in front of them. As a result, they put themselves and the bicyclist in a dangerous situation and are more likely to hit them.
- Speed: Speeding is another leading cause of car crashes, and unfortunately causes severe injuries and fatalities to bicyclists given the amount of force involved. Speeding reduces a driver's ability to react quickly to a road hazard.
- Make unsafe lane changes or turns: Car crashes often occur in the bike lane when drivers merge into the lane without first checking to ensure the lane is clear. Drivers are also known to cut off oncoming bicyclists when they attempt to turn from the bike lane.
Because bicyclists have little else beyond a helmet protecting their bodies, they're likely to suffer from serious traumatic injuries when they're involved in accidents with vehicles that weigh upwards of 3,000 pounds. These injuries often include broken or crushed bones or limbs, severe burns, traumatic brain injuries, spinal cord injuries, and sometimes death.