Sharing the Road Safely with Bicyclists – Los Angeles Bicycle Accident Attorney

More Californians than ever before are riding bicycles. They are doing so for recreation and as a means of transportation. Riding a bicycle is an excellent form of exercise. A morning bike ride to the office can get the blood going and the day off to an energetic and positive start. If you want to do your part to save the environment, riding a bicycle to and from work can significantly reduce your carbon foot print. There is also the added benefit of avoiding traffic.

The mild climate of Los Angeles has made a great and growing number of the city’s residents take to bicycling. However, bicyclists and motorists must share the road in a safe and harmonious way. You can do your part by observing the following laws and safety guidelines:

1. The law states that you must ride as closely to the right side of the road as possible, except when preparing for a left turn, when you need to avoid a hazard, or when the road is too narrow to share. The law also states that you can take the lane when you are moving slower than traffic.

2. On roads in which there is a bicycle lane, you should use it. You should use this lane except when turning or avoiding a hazard.

3. You should always ride with the traffic.

4. Some cities and counties permit bicyclists to ride on sidewalks. You should consult the local ordinance to find out if this is permissible where you ride.

5. When riding at night, you should make it as easy as possible to see you. You should wear a reflector vest. And a white light must be attached to the bicycle or to your person.

Motorists must also follow the rules of the road when driving near you. They should be alert, cautious, and conscientious when operating in the vicinity of a bicyclist. Most drivers are aware of this and act accordingly. Unfortunately, too many of them act in a negligent and reckless way. According to the CDC, there were nearly half a million bike-related injuries in the U.S in 2015.

If you have been in a bicycle accident and you are certain it was the fault of the motorist who hit you, it is your right to seek monetary compensation. The Los Angeles bicycle accident attorneys at the Kitsinian Law Firm can help you. Most bicyclists do not walk away from a bicycle accident unharmed. Indeed, such an accident can lead to medical expenses, lost earnings, and a long period of pain and suffering. You should not have to bear such burdens alone, and our Los Angeles bicycle accident lawyers will see to it that you don’t.

We can help you get the justice you deserve. Our bicycle accident lawyers can argue your case in a way that will get you a satisfactory judgment or compel the respondent to settle. Contact the Kitsinian Law Firm today if you have been involved in a bicycle accident caused by the negligence of others.