Sacramento Bicycle Accident Attorneys
When Urban Sprawl Causes Increased Bike Accidents
These days, people are turning to bicycling as an alternative mode of transportation that is economical, environmental, and healthy. California, due to its health-crazed, “green” culture and temperate climate, is experiencing one of the biggest bicycle booms in the nation. Cities throughout the Golden State, including its capital, Sacramento, are making streets safer for bicyclists by renovating roads and implementing designated trails, lanes, and paths. Despite these measures, the annual statistics for bike-vehicle collisions remain significant, meaning bicyclists still need to ride cautiously and look out for negligent motorists along with other crash-causing factors in order to avoid injury, or worse, death.
If you’ve been involved in a bike crash, get in touch with the experienced injury attorneys at Demas Law group. We will help you get the compensation you need to cover medical expenses along with other damages, economic and non-economic. To learn more about our firm and the services we provide, call us today at (916) 444-0100 for a free, comprehensive consultation.
What are the Bicycle Laws in Sacramento?
The bicycle laws in California exist not only to prevent bicyclists from hurting others, but also to ensure that they keep themselves out of harm’s way. Below are the most important bicycle statutes in the California Vehicle Code (CVC):
- CVC §21212: Bicyclists under 18 years of age must wear a helmet while riding on a public road.
- CVC §21200.5: Bicyclists cannot legally operate a bicycle while under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs. Violations may result in a fine of up to $250.
Perpetrators under 21 years of age may have their driving privilege suspended or delayed for one year once they are eligible to drive.
- CVC §21201: Bicyclists must use lights and reflectors while riding at night.
Bicyclists should also obey traffic signs and signals, use designated traffic lanes, ride with traffic, and keep as far to the right as is safely possible.
What are Common Biking Accident Scenarios?
A motorist makes a left hand turn into a bicyclist
This is one of the most common ways in which both bike-vehicle and motorcycle-vehicle collisions occur. Under California law, drivers are obligated to yield to vehicles coming in the opposite direction until it is safe to proceed, yet this type of collision often occurs because motorists tend to not look for two-wheeled vehicles.
A driver or passenger opens a door without checking for pedaled vehicles, causing a bicyclist to suffer a “dooring” accident
In streets with or without bicycle lanes, bicyclists are encouraged to ride on the right side of the street, usually alongside parked cars. Although CVC section 22517 states that “no person shall open the door of a vehicle on the side available to moving traffic unless it is reasonably safe to do so,” many people end up opening their car doors right into the pathway of an oncoming bicyclist. This can cause a serious or even fatal collision.
Overly aggressive drivers pass bicyclists without giving them enough space
Usually, in tight roadways, drivers of cars, trucks, and other types of motor vehicles may get impatient driving behind a bicyclist and attempt to pass them without providing sufficient space, causing the cyclists to get run off the road or hit.
Unsafe roadway conditions, such as potholes or debris, cause a bicyclist to lose control of the bike
Certain government entities are responsible for maintaining roads and addressing any safety issues in a timely fashion. A bicyclist who suffers injuries in this type of accident may sue the government entity responsible for the area in which the incident occurred.
What Injuries are Common in Bicycle Accidents in Sacramento?
The severity and extent of a victim’s injuries may depend on various factors, such as the force of the collision, whether the victim was wearing a helmet or not, and other circumstances. The most common bike crash injuries include the following:
- Closed head injuries, like concussions
- Fractured bones, usually arms, legs, and ribs
- Spinal injuries
- “Road rash” contusions and abrasions
- Internal damage to vital organs
These types of injuries often require extensive medical treatment, surgeries, and/or costly diagnostic procedures, including CT scans, MRIs, and X-rays.
Demas Law Group’s $500,000 Bike Accident Case
When a homeless woman was struck by a city bus in a crosswalk, seriously breaking her leg, the defendants attempted to shift blame to our client. Our forensic investigator helped prove our client was not at fault, and the defendants settled for $500,000 during mediation.
Getting You the Compensation You Need to Recover
If you or a loved one has been injured in a bike accident caused by another party’s negligence, you need someone who knows the law on your side. One of our Sacramento attorneys at Demas Law Group can help you put your life back together. We have the experience and the resources to give you a fighting chance in your claim case, no matter how strong the opposition may be.