Bicyclists Accidents

Sun Glare Increases Risk of Bicycle Injury

- Paul Zuckerman

Visibility is a crucial factor in road safety, particularly for cyclists who are often not seen through side mirrors and rear view mirrors on cars and trucks. Recently, in Ocala, Florida, a truck driver who was involved in a bicycle collision informed police investigators that sun glare limited road visibility and contributed to the crash.

The accident occurred when a 2015 Peterbilt tractor-trailer was turning left at an intersection at around 7:25 p.m. and hit a bicyclist. The accident caused serious injury to the bike rider who had to be airlifted to a medical center for treatment. The patient required confinement in the intensive care unit and is expected to undergo a long recovery period.

Sun Glare Causing Accidents

A glorious sunset can be a spectacular sight, but the dazzling glare of the sun can temporarily blind drivers, causing thousands of accidents every year. Bicyclists, joggers, and pedestrians are more likely susceptible to accidents at these times – when motorists are unable to see them on the road. We all need to take precautions when driving, riding, or walking under these conditions.

Guide for Safe Sunset Driving

  • Maintain a clean windshield to keep the sunlight from dispersing as a result of dust and debris
  • Lower driving speed when the sun’s glare reduces visibility
  • When heading west, anticipate limited road visibility and watch for pedestrians, cyclists, and joggers

Injuries Arising from Bicycle Accidents

Bicycles offer no protection to riders, exposing them to risk of serious injuries when they are involved in a bicycle accident – such as traumatic brain injury, head injury and fractures. When large vehicles such as SUVs and trucks are involved in bicycle crashes, the cyclist may succumb to their injuries.

If you or a loved one is involved in a bicycle accident, you may be entitled to compensation for your injuries.

In Los Angeles and San Diego, California, the law firm of Carpenter, Zuckerman & Rowley has extensive experience in obtaining the maximum value of compensation for clients’ who have suffered bicycle injury due to the negligence of drivers.

Our attorneys handle a wide range of personal injury cases such as pedestrian accidents, slip and fall, spine injury, brain injury, medical malpractice, and birth injury.

We invite you to give us a call today at (213) 514-8332 to schedule a complimentary initial consultation with one of our attorneys.

California Seeks to Strengthen Bicyclists Protections

- Paul Zuckerman

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.