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Surviving a Bicycle Accident in L.A.

Tuesday, April 03, 2018


Despite what people say about L.A. being inhospitable to any means of transportation but the car, there are plenty of us here who do use bicycles. Whether you bicycle as a commuter, to exercise, or for recreation, you are likely aware of the risks cyclists take every time they get on the road.

How Bicycling Accidents Happen

Many drivers simply do not pay attention to cyclists. They have forgotten about the rights and legal entitlement to space on the roads that cyclists have. Though you may take all the right precautions including wearing a helmet, signaling and using lights and reflectors, sometimes it's impossible to avoid an accident with a motorist.

What to Do After an Accident

After a bicycle accident, the most important thing to ensure is your physical safety. Calling 911 or visiting urgent care will help you address any trauma you've sustained. After you have addressed your physical injuries, it's important that you contact an attorney to discuss your options.

Those who caused the accident may be responsible for ensuring your recovery. There are a variety of damages that a cyclist can endure following an accident:

  • Pain and suffering
  • Physical injuries and treatment such as physical therapy
  • Psychological damage, including PTSD
  • Loss of work and wages
  • Damage to your bicycle
  • Damage to other equipment you were carrying, such as a laptop

Getting Back on the Road

Many cyclists have found that even after an accident, in due time, they're ready to get back on the road. However, it's imperative that you completely recover from any injuries first. A personal injury attorney can help you sort through the aftermath before you begin biking again.

Legal Help for Injured Cyclists in Los Angeles

Are you the survivor of a bicycle-related crash in Los Angeles? Do you need guidance as you acquire the financial support you need for recovery? Call Lederer Nojima today for a consultation. Together, we can help you regain your physical and mental health.

Who is at Fault for Cycling Accidents at Intersections?

Tuesday, September 05, 2017
woman cycling to work in the city approaching at an intersection
As the world is still learning to share the road with cyclists, riding your bike to work or for fun, especially on busy city streets, can be a dangerous experience, more so than getting in a car to drive each day. However, one of the most common areas for cycling accidents is at intersections. Cars aren’t sure how to treat cyclists, cyclists are unsure how cars are going to react, and as everyone tries to figure out who has the right of way, accidents happen. However, discovering who is at fault is all about knowing who had the right of way.

The key to figuring out who has the right of way at an intersection is to assess the environment. When there are no traffic lights at an intersection and you are merely dealing with stops signs, the vehicle that arrives first will always have the right of way, and yes, this includes bicycles. Unfortunately, it can be a huge contributing factor for accidents since cars don’t see bicycles as vehicles of equal measure on the road.

Unfortunately, crossing an intersection on a bicycle can be even trickier at an intersection with traffic lights. Occasionally, bicycles are not heavy enough to trigger sensor-controlled lights. This can leave them waiting for quite a long time until a car comes up behind them. In these cases, some states are passing laws that state a bicycle can cross on red if it is safe, but in California, it will still be the cyclist’s fault if they cross on red and are hit.

If you have been in a bicycle accident, then it is more likely that you weren’t able to limp away without damage to either your person or your bicycle. However, if you had the right of way at an intersection and the car is at fault for your accident, then you have the right to compensation. If you have been in a bicycle accident and need representation, contact us today.

Volvo Makes Paint for Safer Bicycling

Wednesday, April 01, 2015

Volvo, already a leader in pedestrian and bicycle safety technology, has introduced a new reflective bicycle paint that makes it easier for bicyclists to bike at night.

The Swedish automaker has introduced a spray-on reflective paint. The pain contains especial adhesives that are invisible in the daytime, but reflect light and light up after dark in the glare of automobile headlights. The effect of the invisible spray- on paint is dramatic, and it’s hard to miss a bicyclist when his bicycle, clothes, and accessories are coated with the reflective paint.

The paint is meant to be sprayed onto your bicycle and accessories as well as your clothes. It is safe enough to spray on fabric, including your clothes and shoes. You can also use it when you're out for a walk with your dog. You can safely spray it on your stroller, or dog collar. One application of the paint is meant to last for a week, and the paint washes out without any damage to the fabric.

Cycling at night is a major threat to bicyclists in Los Angeles. For years now, Los Angeles bicyclists have been making use of reflective tape that they stick to their bicycles, bags, accessories and clothing in order to alert motorists to their presence when bicycling at night. However, the reflective paint goes one step further in making bicyclists even more visible to motorists when they are riding at night. They can also be easily used by pedestrians who are visible while walking.

Reduced visibility is one of the major reasons why bicyclists are at a higher risk of being involved in an accident when they're biking at night. Avoid biking at night as much as possible, and if you must ride at night, ensure that you are visible to motorists, by sticking reflective tape or spraying reflective paint on your bicycle and clothes.

Alcohol Use Can Increase Risk for Pedestrians

Thursday, January 02, 2014

Walking can be a dangerous activity in California even at the best of times, but if you are walking under the influence alcohol, then your chances of being involved in a fatal accident are much higher.

According to the results of a new analysis of data by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, the rates of people who were killed while walking while under the influence of alcohol, has remained very steady over the past two decades. This is even though the number of people driving under the influence of alcohol, has shown a steady downward trend.

Los Angeles pedestrian accident lawyers find that many people seem oblivious to the dangers of walking while the under the influence of alcohol.The same holds true for people who are on their bicycles. Bicycling while intoxicated can be an exceedingly dangerous activity, substantially increasing your risk of being involved in an accident. In fact, according to the analysis, alcohol-impaired bicyclist fatalities increased by 45% between 1992 and 2011.

There are specific reasons why pedestrians or bicyclists may be at a much higher risk of being involved in a fatal accident. An intoxicated pedestrian or bicyclist is likely to behave in ways that increase the risk of being involved in an injurious or fatal accident. For instance, an intoxicated pedestrian may walk against a light, or may cross the road at a place where it is not safe to do so, like an intersection or away from a crosswalk. Bicyclists, while intoxicated, may not bother to wear a helmet while riding.

Keep in mind that just a small amount of alcohol is enough to give you a buzz, and impair your walking or bicycling abilities. Even with a small amount of alcohol in your system, your judgment abilities can be impaired enough to be unable to judge the movement of traffic around you.


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