Along the Orange County coastline you will increasingly see bicycle riders everywhere. Many individuals in California with a short commute choose a bicycle as their means of transportation to avoid traffic. In many cities their popularity is so great that special bike lanes set aside part of the roadway exclusively for cyclists.
Cycling becomes very dangerous when bike riders share the road with with cars, trucks, and motorcycles. Even with bike lanes and right of way laws, many motor vehicle drivers are careless and even reckless around bicycles. Because bicycles are fast, fragile and inconspicuous by comparison with motor vehicles, some drivers have a hard time noticing them. Every year many cyclists are involved in serious crashes with vehicles as a result.
Silverthorne Attorneys notes any bicycle accident could potentially result in serious injuries; damage that could affect a person for the rest of their life. Similar to motorcycle accidents, bicycle accident victims have very little to protect them during a crash. After impact with a vehicle, there really isn’t much guarding a cyclist from the possible crushing force of other vehicles, pavement, curbs, trees, and mailboxes. People who are involved in bicycle accidents tend to suffer from broken bones, head trauma, internal injuries, spinal cord injuries, crushed limbs, and road rash. Serious injuries can entail costly medical procedures, therapy, and perhaps even long-term care from a medical professional. Permanent disability and even death may result from a minor collision. A bicycle accident attorney from the Silverthorne Law Firm will take control of your case and situation to make sure you receive the medical attention needed and fair compensation to pay for expenses resulting from your bicycle accident injuries.
According to The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration:
Every year in the United States, half a million bicyclists are treated for injuries resulting from bicycle accidents. Silverthorne Attorneys notes that many of these accidents result from negligent vehicle drivers, and at Silverthorne Attorneys we make it our goal to hold these negligent drivers responsible for their actions. If you or someone you love has suffered injuries in a bicycle accident and you believe another person to be responsible, you should immediately consult with an injury lawyer at our firm.
California Vehicle Code
|21200||Laws Applicable to Bicycle Use: Peace Officer Exemption|
|21200.5||Riding Bicycle Under Influence of Alcohol|
|21201.3||Bicycle or Motorized Bicycle Lights|
|21202||Operation on Roadway|
|21204||Riding on Bicycles|
|21207.5||Motorized Bicycles: Prohibited Operation|
|21208||Permitted Movements from Bicycle Lanes|
|21209||Motor Vehicles and Motorized Bicycles in Bicycle Lanes|
|21211||Obstruction of Bikeways or Bicycle Paths or Trails|
|21212||Youth Bicycle Helmets: Minors|