Injured in a Bike Accident? We Offer Free Consultations
A bike accident can cause serious injuries. A careless driver who hits you could cause thousands of dollars in medical bills (or more!). The Beliz Law Firm can help if this happens to you. Contact us today for a free consultation. We’ll listen to you what you have to say and advise you on the best course of action. We do not charge a fee until after we earn a settlement or judgment in your favor. Contact our experienced bicycle accident attorneys today.
Cycling in Long Beach
Bicycling is great for exercise, transportation, or just enjoying a great day. Long Beach has many fantastic bike routes and is a great city to see by bicycle. However, as the push for a more cycling-friendly city continues, bike accidents are becoming more common.
Over the last 10 years, bike accidents have increased substantially in Long Beach. Bike accidents are often serious because of the massive size difference between cars and bikes. Each year in the United States automobile traffic accidents kill over 600 bicyclists and injure 50,000. About 100 of the fatalities occur in California.
Common Causes of Long Beach Bike Accidents
In Long Beach, car drivers cause about a third of all bike accidents. in 23% of bike accidents, no at-fault party could be identified. For accidents caused by drivers, there were four main causes:
- Right-of-way Violations – The most common driver-caused bike accident happens when drivers pull out in front of cyclists. When the cyclist has the right-of-way, they expect the car to yield to them. When they do not, it can cause a crash.
- Improper Turns – Another common cause of bicycle accidents are improper turns. For example, a motorist may not see a cyclist and turn left in front of them, causing an accident.
- Running Stop Signs and Red Lights – Carless driving can lead to the running of stop signs and red traffic lights. Clearly, this is an issue when a cyclist is riding properly and is hit by a driver who violates a law like this.
Additional Practice Areas
Bike accidents aren’t the only type of cases we work with. Our services include, but are not limited to: