Redding Bicycle Accident Lawyer
Anyone who has ever been involved in a bicycle accident in Redding knows that it can result in serious injuries. Those injuries can be much more severe when the accident was caused by a negligent motorist. In 2017, 23 bicyclists were either killed or injured in the city, according to the California Office of Traffic Safety. However, when a motorist wasn’t following the rules of the road and causes an injury to a bicycle rider, the injured person may place a personal injury claim to recover damages.
There are several common reasons bicycle accidents occur. The vast majority are caused by driver error. Let’s look at several types of mistakes motorists make that lead to a bicycle accident:
- Distracted driver: Today, drivers are increasingly distracted while driving as they text, talk on a phone, or even daydream. This causes them to be oblivious to other motorists, pedestrians, and bicyclists sharing the road with them. Because of the lack of a bicycle’s conspicuity, cyclists are a common target of distraction. This type of driver behavior is frequently the reason a motor vehicle rear-ends a bike. Since the cyclist lacks any protection when their bicycle is rear-ended, the bicyclist often suffers catastrophic injuries.
- Not providing enough room for bicycles: In California, drivers are obligated to provide three feet of space between their vehicle and a bike. Many drivers fail to do this, and bicycle accidents result. Our firm uses videos and accident reconstruction techniques to measure the distance between the vehicle and the bicycle to prove that the motorist failed to comply with this law. This puts the fault squarely on the motorist.
- Making a right turn illegally: Some rules govern how a motorist can turn right when a bike lane exists. Under California Vehicle Code 22100, a vehicle cannot turn across lanes and must enter the bike lane to make a right-hand turn, so turning occurs from the curb. Before merging into the bike lane, the driver must first check to make sure a bicyclist is not approaching and engage their turn signal. Once safely close to the curb, the driver can turn right.
- Illegal left-hand turns: In an intersection, it is important to only turn when the road is free from traffic, pedestrians, and bicyclists. A driver must wait in the intersection before making a turn and have their left blinker activated. A motorist must be alert for others before making a turn.
- Speeding: Speeding causes many collisions, and this is also true for bicycle accidents. A driver who is speeding has little control over their vehicle and finds it difficult to stop in time when a cyclist approaches.
- Dooring accidents: Drivers who park on the side of the road and open their door without looking for a bicyclist are likely to cause a dooring accident. Without warning, an oncoming cyclist can not avoid striking the car door. This usually results in severe injuries for the bicyclist.
Our Redding bicycle accident attorneys provide legal representation on all personal injury and wrongful death cases throughout Shasta County, California. To learn how our law firm can help you and your family after a serious cycling crash, call (530) 392-9400 or (800) 404-5400 for free, friendly advice today.
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