Bicycle accidents may be fatal. There are hundreds of cyclists killed and injured in California every year. Most drivers deny liability after a bicycle accident and insurance companies often do not evaluate dutifully the right compensation for the damages done. Our bicycle accident lawyers in Ventura, Oxnard and Santa Barbara can help you hold negligent drivers accountable for the injuries they caused you.
Bicycle accident statistics
- Nearly 70% of fatal bicycle accidents involve injuries to the head
- Bicycle injuries cost $8 billion dollars every year.
- Around half of cyclist fatalities occur on rural roads
- 75% happen at, or near, a road junction
California bicycle laws
There have been many laws on cycling, because of its dangerous nature. Below are some of the most important Laws in Cycling under the California Vehicle Code:
- Wear a helmet. Cyclists under age 18 are required to wear an approved helmet when riding a bicycle. Not wearing a helmet may cause injuries from scars and bruises to permanent brain damage.
- Use Bike lanes. All bike lanes must be used whenever present usually when a cyclist is moving slower than regular traffic of cars.
- Ride with Reflectors at night. When riding at night, a rider must be equipped with a white light visible from a 500 ft distance.
- Follow the Vehicle Code. This simply means that both bicyclist and riders have the same rights and duties on the road. Bicycle riders must follow the same rules like any other vehicle drivers.
Common Causes of Oxnard, Ventura and Santa Barbara Bicycle Accidents
Drivers of motor vehicles often don’t share the road very well with bicyclists. Accidents usually occur during the following circumstances:
- Motorist emerging into and turning across path of cyclist
- Cyclist and motorist colliding head to head
- Cyclist riding into the path of a motor vehicle, often riding off a pavement
- Cyclist turning right from a major road and from a minor road
- Child cyclist playing or riding too fast