With Fewer Hours of Daylight Each Day, Soofer Law Group Urges Cyclists to Take Precautions When Biking in the Dark

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Soofer Law Group urges cyclists to be extra mindful when riding their bikes in the evening now that it is getting darker faster. Riding a bike in the dark without the proper equipment increases the risk of a cycling accident.

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Because of the environment we live in here in California, the likelihood of cycling and being involved in an auto accident increases tenfold, so it is no surprise that California is at the top of this unfortunate list.

Daylight Savings Time may give everyone an extra hour of sleep, but it also means that the sun begins to fade much earlier in the day. For students and commuters who have taken to riding their bikes to and from school and work, less sunlight in the evening increases their chances of an accident. With darkness creeping up earlier each day, Soofer Law Group reminds cyclists of the importance of taking the proper precautions to prevent biking injuries on the road.

In 2012, there were more than 700 deaths and an estimated 49,000 injuries from cycling accidents, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. A majority of these cycling-related deaths resulted from collisions with a car in urban areas and non-intersection locations between 4 p.m. and midnight. One of the main factors that comes into play during car and bike collisions is poor biker visibility, which becomes an even bigger issue in the dark.

"The less visible you are, the greater chance you have of being in an accident with a motor vehicle. Riding your bike in a group is one way to be more noticeable to traffic," says Ramin Soofer, founder of Soofer Law Group. He also urges cyclists to wear reflective gear and clothing, use flashing lights and obey the rules of the road.

On Oct. 27, a Fox News article documented a recent study on bike fatalities, which revealed that California ranks number one in the nation for cycling deaths. There were 338 cycling fatalities between 2010 and 2012 in California, according to the Governors Highway Safety Association. Cycling is a popular sport in California, and more and more workers are switching from cars to bikes for their daily commutes for both health and environmental reasons.

"Because of the environment we live in here in California, the likelihood of cycling and being involved in an auto accident increases tenfold, so it is no surprise that California is at the top of this unfortunate list," added Soofer.

Soofer Law GroupSoofer Law Group has represented hundreds of bicycle riders injured in accidents over the last 22 years, and they continue to fight for their clients from beginning to end.

According to Soofer, "some of the people that are involved in these accidents don't have medical insurance; they don't have the money to pay medical bills and end up going through economic hardship. We help them to get their life back to where it was before the accident by getting them compensation for their pain and suffering, getting their medical bills paid, and seeking compensation for their past, present and future lost wages and salaries."

About Soofer Law Group

Soofer Law Group is a personal injury firm with a dedicated team ready to fight for fair compensation. Their staff helps clients receive medical treatment, gather needed evidence, begin the compensation recovery process, and more. They also provide free, no-obligation consultations. To learn more, visit soofarlawgroup.com

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