Laws promoting the safety of bicyclists in California have come a long way, but motorists are still failing to safely share the road.
Newport Beach, CA (PRWEB) July 11, 2012
The attorneys at Bisnar | Chase have recently obtained a $20,000 settlement on behalf of one of their clients. Andrew, a resident of Orange, was passing over an on-ramp for the 405 Freeway when he was struck by a motorist. Andrew suffered a right hip injury and sustained deep lacerations in his right forearm.
The motorist who struck Andrew was aware of his presence, but was unable to stop her vehicle in time to avoid the collision.
According to the California Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System (SWITRS), 12,043 people suffered injuries and 107 people lost their lives in California bicycle accidents in 2009.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reports that 51,000 bicyclists suffered injuries in motor vehicle traffic collisions in 2009. 17 percent of those injured were 14-years-old or younger.
Brian Chase, senior partner of the Bisnar | Chase law firm, has assisted many dozens of bicycle accident victims. “Laws promoting the safety of bicyclists in California have come a long way, but motorists are still failing to safely share the road. As California continues to move towards creating bike friendly environments, we can only hope that motorists will become more aware of their presence.”
“Andrew was lucky to have suffered relatively minor injuries following his bicycle collision. Had the defendant failed to make an attempt to avoid him, the results could have been catastrophic.” says Mr. Chase.
Bicycle Safety Tips From the Bisnar | Chase Law Firm
- Make sure your bicycle is fully operational.
Always inspect your bike before use. If you are unable to make an evasive maneuver, your chances of being involved in a collision increase.
- Wear a helmet.
The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) reports that wearing a helmet reduces your risk of head injury by 85 percent.
- Stay in control.
Keep both hands on your handlebars. Your ability to make evasive maneuvers is drastically reduced when riding with one hand.
- Make yourself visible.
Whether you are riding during the day or at night, wear bright colors. Always equip your bicycle with a light or reflective device when riding at night.
- Avoid Road Hazards
Keep your eyes open for construction areas, animals, puddles, and other obstacles. When riding in groups, make sure that the person leading keeps those behind him informed of upcoming hazards.
About: Bisnar | Chase, Bicycle Accident Lawyer Orange County
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