Citrus Heights Bicycle Accident Lawyer
Nearly 50,000 Americans are injured in bicycle accidents each year. With about 20 percent of adults riding bicycles for commuting or leisure purposes, accidents have increased drastically when bicyclists share the road with cars, trucks, and motorcycles.
While Citrus Heights has recently begun implementing expanded biking lanes and signs, bicycle accidents are rising. California is among the top 10 states with the highest number of fatally injured bicycle riders every year.
If you were injured in a bicycle accident in Citrus Heights, you might be able to seek compensation from the driver who caused the accident. Our injury attorneys have served California families since 1982 and have a deep and thorough understanding of civil liability and Sacramento County courts.
We provide free, no-obligation consultations to bicycle injury victims. If you wish to discuss your bike collision with an experienced accident lawyer, we encourage you to call our law firm at (916) 921-6400.Leading Causes of Bicycling Crashes in Citrus Heights
Bicycling is a favorite pastime of children and adults alike in Citrus Heights. However, with many bicyclists sharing the road with motor vehicles, it is also potentially dangerous. Most bicycle accidents are caused by negligent drivers, road defects, and bike defects.
Negligent drivers might fail to obey traffic laws, such as yielding to bicyclists when turning right, or they might cause a bicycle accident simply by being careless or inattentive. Bicyclists are especially susceptible to injuries during accidents because they are almost entirely unprotected.
In addition, roadway design defects also may cause bicycle accidents. Citrus Heights and Sacramento County share the responsibility of designing, building, and maintaining all public roadways. This legal duty includes constructing bike lanes that meet code, filling in potholes, installing proper signs, and clearing roads for cyclists. When the local government fails to fulfill its duties, the public entity may be liable for bicycle accidents. These tragic incidents are foreseeable and preventable.
Finally, bicycle accidents are occasionally caused by manufacturing defects. A bicycle manufacturer churns out an extremely high volume of bicycles each year. Often, something goes wrong. The manufacturer’s responsibility is to build a bike that is fit for use. If a part is missing or the bike malfunctions due to manufacturer negligence, an ensuing accident may be the responsibility of companies that designed, manufactured, assembled, and/or marketed the bicycle or its component parts.Common Types of Bicycle-Related Injuries
Aside from helmets, bicyclists have little to no protection during bicycle accidents, especially those caused by other vehicles. Many bicyclists are thrown from their bikes, while others are struck head-on by cars. The most common bike-related injuries include:
- Traumatic brain injuries like concussions and comas
- Spinal cord injuries like paralysis
- Broken bones and ribs
- Neck and chest trauma like whiplash
- Road rash, lacerations, and bruises
The video below provides a few great tips to stay safe while riding a bike and prevent cycling accidents.Dangerous Intersections in Citrus Heights, CA
The most dangerous intersections in Citrus Heights are as follows:
- Greenback Lane and Sunrise Blvd
- Auburn Blvd and Greenback Lane
- Greenback Lane and San Juan Avenue
- Dewey Drive and Greenback Lane
- Bremen Drive and Greenback Lane
- Old Auburn Road and Sunrise Blvd
- Antelope Road and Sunrise Blvd
- Greenback Lane and Mariposa Avenue
- Antelope Road and Garden Gate Drive
- Antelope Road and Auburn Blvd
Who is liable for my cycling crash injuries?
The at-fault party who caused your injuries is responsible. If there is more than one negligent party, liability will be split according to each person’s degree of fault. According to California's comparative fault law, the injured individual can also be liable if they are partially liable for causing the accident.
Who is at fault when a bicyclist hits a car?
Accidents often occur due to carelessness. The bicyclist, motorists, government road defects, or bike manufacturers can all contribute to the accident. In California, bicycles must follow the same laws as motor vehicles. If cyclists violate traffic laws and cause an accident, they may be responsible for damages.
If you or someone you love has been injured in a cycling crash due to another's negligence, please call our experienced Citrus Heights bicycle accident lawyers at (916) 921-6400 or (800) 404-5400 for free, friendly advice.
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Editor’s Note: updated for accuracy and relevancy [cha 4.5.23]
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