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Mendez and Sanchez - Bicycle Accident Lawyer in Monterey Park, California

To Avoid Accidents and Injuries, Cyclists Have to Always Ride Defensively

As the number of cyclists increases, the number of collisions involving bikes will also likely grow. And, like a lot of other car accidents, a large number of them occur at intersections. A number of these collisions are the result of drivers who appear to forget that bicyclists are also legitimate and lawful users of the roadways. They neglect to look for bicyclists when making turns or moving through intersections. These kinds of collisions are exacerbated by overly large and busy intersections. Furthermore, bicyclists are put at risk by quickly changing traffic signals that may turn red before they fully cross the intersection.

What are the Most Frequent Causes of Bicycle Accidents?

Several of the most common causes of bicycle collisions include:

Motorists failing to yield to bicyclists in intersections

Some motorists may not be familiar with the laws of the road when dealing with bicyclists sharing the road. This lack of awareness can be particularly hazardous when a cyclist and a car are sharing the road while crossing or turning at an intersection. Intersections are among the most hazardous areas for cars and cyclists. Intersections are one of the major locations where accidents resulting in devastating injuries take place.

A motorist failing to observe cyclists on the road

Motorists not seeing a cyclist on the street is a common cause of a crash involving a bicycle. Both drivers and bicyclists should take preventative measures to reduce this very avoidable cause of bike accidents.

Cyclists can use safety devices like sideview mirrors, reflectors, lights, and light-colored apparel to help reduce the possibility of a collision. Similarly, motorists must understand that cars are not the only vehicles they need to look out for when driving. Motor vehicle drivers need to be particularly cautious at intersections, near bike lanes, and in areas with a large number of bike commuters.

Motorists encroaching into bike lanes

Even while riding within the boundaries of a bike lane, bicyclists should be alert at all times for distracted and reckless motorists. Cars can inadvertently or intentionally drift into a bike lane after only a few seconds of inattention. This can possibly cause a bicyclist to sustain serious injuries.

Bicycle doorings when a motorist or passenger doesn't pay attention while opening a car door

As we discussed above, dooring incidents are a serious threat to cyclists, particularly in urban settings. These accidents can cause a bicyclist to go flying over their handlebars, which can cause devastating injuries like brain injuries, neck and back injuries, facial damage, and long-lasting pain and suffering. Engaging in defensive riding techniques is the best way for a cyclist to prevent being the victim of a dooring.

Distracted drivers hitting a bicyclist

Distracted driving is one of the biggest problems for road safety that we face today. As cell phones have become a major part of our everyday lives, many people find it difficult to put down their phones even while driving. Distracted drivers are clearly a threat to other vehicles. But they are even more dangerous to bicyclists and pedestrians since they have practically zero protection if they are struck. Somebody who is distracted by texting, eating, or a multitude of other things might divert into bike lanes. Likewise, they may not notice a cyclist crossing through an intersection or fail to see a bicyclist while making a turn. Distracted driving is such a big problem that it's been identified as the leading reason for bicycle accidents involving cars.

Motorists neglecting to yield to bicyclists while pulling in and out of driveways or parking lots

When a motorist that is backing out of a driveway or parking lot does not fully assess their surroundings, it can cause serious consequences for pedestrians and bicyclists. Bicyclists are more likely to be struck in parking lots and while people are backing out due to their smaller size and their low noise levels. Backup video cameras and sensors are starting to lessen these types of accidents. But motorists can not rely on these technologies instead of looking behind them and checking their blind spots.

How Can I Avoid a Bike Accident?

Following proper safety procedures and laws when riding a bike in Monterey Park is the most effective way to prevent collisions and injuries. When riding in traffic, bicyclists should do the following:

  • Obey the rules of the road
  • Assume that cars and drivers will fail to see you
  • Provide vehicles a wide berth
  • Occasionally yield to motor vehicles under certain conditions when you don't know if a driver has seen you
  • You should have proper protective gear

What Should I Do After a Bicycle Accident?

If you get injured in a bicycle accident, it is essential to do the following:

  • Call 911 and file a police report. Do not let a motorist talk you into not making a police report. That can result in problems later.
  • Exchange information with the motorist that hit you. Photograph of their driver's license and insurance card.
  • Take several photos of your bike, the car that hit you, and the scene of the crash.
  • Get witness information from anyone that happened to see the crash. Don't bypass this step, as police officers do not always record witness information and you may need it later on.
  • If needed, get medical attention right away.
  • Call an experienced bike accident lawyer in Monterey Park. Do this before calling the other party's insurance company.

Contact a Monterey Park Bicycle Accident Attorney at Mendez & Sanchez

If you suffer an injury in an accident with an automobile while riding your bicycle, or someone you love has been tragically killed, you should speak with a qualified bicycle accident lawyer immediately. They will help figure out whether you might have a valid personal injury or wrongful death case against a negligent driver.

At Mendez & Sanchez, our skilled bicycle accident attorneys help bicyclists in seeking claims against negligent drivers that have caused severe injuries. We know how to receive all of the compensation you deserve for your injuries, whether that means filing a claim or seeking a remedy through other methods.



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