California Seeks to Strengthen Bicyclists Protections

In 2013, there were 207 bicycle-related accidents in Sacramento. Some of these bike collisions have resulted in serious injuries while others have been fatal.

Bike accidents can be the fault of the cyclist, but they can also be the fault of the individual operating the motor vehicle involved in the crash. For example, a bike rider was struck and fatally injured by a California deputy. Investigators found that the accident was caused by distracted driving.

The deputy who struck and killed the victim was on his cell phone at the time of the collision. Because of the distraction, the deputy failed to properly negotiate a curve in the street and struck the bike, killing the rider who died from his injuries.

Unfortunately, distracted driving has become a more and more common. Cell phones have caused people to think that it is okay to text, talk, or surf the web while driving. This behavior, however, has serious and potentially fatal consequences for those on the road.

There are some other shocking bike accident statistics:

  • Between 2007 and 2011, California bike-related deaths and injuries hit a four-year high
  • In 2011, 140 bicyclists were killed and over 13,000 were injured
  • Most injured bicyclists are between 15 and 24, while the most fatalities were seen in the 45 – 54 age range

California locals have witnessed many bike accidents, including ones involving homeless bikers that are often left to fend for themselves with serious, sometimes fatal injuries.

However, California is making some changes to how motorists share the road with bikers. One such change began in September of last year which mandated that motorists maintain a 3 feet of clearance or passing cyclists slowly.

Despite these changes, those who have already been injured in bike accidents are suffering and family members of those who have been killed are suffering.

If you, or a loved one, have been injured – or killed – in a bike collision, consulting with an experienced bicycle accident attorney is a step towards recovery and improving quality of life.

Carpenter, Zuckerman & Rowley, LLP has a team of experienced, knowledgeable bike accident attorneys who are ready and willing to advocate aggressively for your interests. Our firm has had many years of obtaining successful jury verdicts and settlements for our bike accident clients. For a free initial consultation, we welcome your call at (213) 514-8332.