If you are male, older than 20, and riding a bike in the busy streets of Los Angeles, know this: statistics are not on your side.
California had the most bicyclists killed than any other state of America in 2012, and this frustrating trend has not changed in 2017.
Los Angeles is notorious for bike accidents as well as deaths and horrible injuries that come along with them.
In 2015, the U.S. saw its highest number of bike accident deaths since 1995. That year, 818 bike riders died, and over 45,000 were injured in road accidents.
Moreover, males make up the vast majority of all bike accident victims (87% killer and 83% injured).
But enough depressing statistics. Let’s state the facts: in 99% of bike accident cases, it’s the biker who ends up with a severe injury, not the motorist.
That’s why bicyclists must be extra careful when riding bikes in the busy streets of Los Angeles. After all, the cyclist is not the one sitting in a steel box. A cyclist is literally exposed to any damage and is basically a sitting duck.
It also means that bike riders require a much stronger legal protection than motorists do. It’s easy to blame a cyclist for a bike accident – he/she doesn’t have to spend much to repair/buy a new bike after a crash as compared to the costly car damage repair bills.
But in the majority of cases, bikers are not the ones at fault. Here at the Law Offices of Howard Craig Kornberg, we realize that cyclists are the most vulnerable participants of road traffic.
Does a car driver behave aggressively and threatens to sue you for ‘smashing’ into his car? Call our bike accident attorney at 310-997-0904 to resolve your case in your best interests, and – if necessary – we’ll go to trial to obtain the compensation for you.
Why are bikers keep getting killed on the streets of Los Angeles?
When the streets of Los Angeles are packed with cars during peak hours, many drivers simply don’t pay enough attention to bikers.
“All these cars and trucks – that’s the only potential threat to my life. Bike riders? Pff, they’ll be fine,” is what’s usually going on in the head of a regular person driving a car in the busy streets of LA.
The “if-it-can’t-do-damage-to-me-I-shouldn’t-worry-about-it” mindset of Angeleno car drivers is what usually gets bikers killed.
But not just that. If you’re a cyclist, you must learn traffic laws by heart. However, even the most attentive cyclist who follows all traffic rules can get into a messy bike accident.
It can happen because:
- Negligence of car drivers;
- Car drivers are driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs, which hinders their focus and concentration;
- Car drivers are speeding, running red lights, and driving recklessly;
- Car drivers open their doors suddenly while a cyclist is using the road or bike lanes;
- Car drivers take sharp turns without looking in their side-view mirrors.
There can be many causes of bike accidents, and in the majority of them, car drivers are the ones at fault.
Our bicycle crash lawyer in Los Angeles at the Law Offices of Howard Craig Kornberg will investigate your particular case and evaluate the full value of damages in your best interests.