Southern California has long been a great place for bike riding, but it can also be dangerous. In today’s world, where more and more people are driving aggressively, bike accidents are becoming even more common. Keep reading to learn why this is taking place. If you are injured in a bike accident due to someone else driving recklessly, aggressively, or negligently, contact The Law Offices of Larry H. Parker at 800-333-0000 for a free legal consultation with a personal injury attorney.
Vehicles Are Not Sharing the Road
California law states that bikes have the same rights on roads as other vehicles do. This means that anyone riding a bike needs to follow the rules of the road just as they would if they were driving but it also means that cars on the road need to give bikes the same respect they would any other vehicle.
Unfortunately, this doesn’t always happen. Car drivers often blame bicyclists for accidents that occur, even though car drivers are more commonly the cause of these accidents. The simple truth is that bikes are smaller and drivers simply do not pay attention to them. They do not share the road appropriately.
Drivers Can Become Aggressive
All too often, bike accidents are the result of an aggressively driver. According to statistics from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, an aggressive driver is a driver who commits several traffic offenses that endangers other drivers, pedestrians, or bicyclists. Some examples they give of aggressive driving including speeding, changing lanes improperly, tailgating, failing to yield, failing to observe traffic signs, and yelling threats.
What to Do if You Are Injured in a Bike Accident
Ideally, police would take aggressive driving seriously and punish these drivers to prevent accidents. However, they cannot get everyone. If you are ever injured in a bike accident, the first and most important step is to get the necessary medical attention. Once you have done that, or if your injuries are minor, then there are additional steps you should take to immediately begin building a personal injury claim.
First, take pictures of the accident scene. This includes your bike, any vehicles involved, and any relevant traffic signs or lights. Take pictures of your injuries. File a police report either by calling the police to the scene or by going to the police station. Get contact information for any witnesses. Do not talk to any insurance adjuster without first talking to an attorney. They may seem as though they are on your side but in the end they are just looking out for the bottom line of the insurance company they work for.
Finally, contact a personal injury attorney who can help you build a case. You can contact The Law Offices of Larry H. Parker at 800-333-0000 to request a free legal consultation at your convenience.