By Logan Quirk
If you ride a bike for work or pleasure, you already know just how pleasant it can be. After all, what else could be better than cycling along Venice Beach or zipping through the traffic of Downtown while avoiding the worst congestion? Cycling is great for health and fitness, but it can be dangerous.
If you have been injured in a bike accident while cycling for business or leisure, you are not alone. Across the US, 45,000 bicyclists were injured in traffic in 2015 alone. According to the National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration, bicycle-related accidents are on the rise. In 2012 , 726 people were killed in bicycle related crashes. This number was up from the 682 bicycle fatalities that were reported in 2011. One thing is for certain – you need to be careful when you’re on your bike.
Cycling through a big city like Los Angeles definitely has its benefits, but you do need to be careful and ensure that you are safe. Obey the rules of the road, wear a helmet and never cycle while intoxicated.
What are the California Bicycle Laws?
California Vehicle Code VC 21201 details all of the California Cycling laws. It includes all aspects of riding a bike in LA, including:
- You must have functional brakes – It is illegal (not to mention very dangerous) to ride a bike that does not have functioning brakes.
- Your handlebars must be the right size, and not rise above your shoulder height.
There are additional requirements about riding at night:
- Your bike must have either a lamp or headlight that is visible from 300 feet to the front.
- The rear of your bike must have a red reflector that can be seen from at least 500 feet away.
- Your bike pedals must have either white or yellow reflectors.
For a full breakdown of all California Bicycle Laws, check out this useful link for a detailed list.
Hiring an LA personal injury lawyer for your bike accident
That said, even if you are careful to obey all rules of the road, traffic accidents occur in Los Angeles all the time and injuries are all too common. If you have been injured in a bike accident, you need to contact an experienced Los Angeles personal injury lawyer as soon as possible. If you or your loved one has experienced traumatic brain injury as the result of a bike accident, a skilled personal injury lawyer in LA knows how to obtain the settlement that you deserve.
If someone you love has been killed in a bike accident, you know intimately the pain and suffering that this untimely death can cause. You are hurt, confused and in need of an experienced and caring personal injury lawyer who can help you to navigate the legal system. The team at Quirk Law is here to help you.
Whether you were side swiped by a driver texting instead of paying attention to the road or you were seriously injured by a big rig hauling their load in an irresponsible way, you deserve an LA personal injury lawyer who listens to you and gives you their full time and energy. Even if the accident was your fault, call Quirk Law today and let’s start working on your case.