Cypress Bicycle Accident Attorneys
Cypress is a northern Orange County suburban city that has a population of nearly 50,000 people. Because of the many urban trails in and around Cypress, it is a wonderful place to ride a bike. Unfortunately, Cypress is also a city that has a fair share of bicycle accidents that result in serious injuries and fatalities. According to California Highway Patrol’s 2010 Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System (SWITRS), three people were killed and 1,187 were injured in Orange County bicycle accidents. During that same year, there were no fatalities, but 28 injuries involving bicyclists in Cypress.
Ways to Prevent Cypress Bicycle Accidents
Many of the most devastating Orange County bicycle accidents involve a collision between a car and a bicyclist. Here are a few tips to help you avoid being struck by a car while riding in Cypress:
- Use Hand Signals: It may feel strange to raise your arm when turning right or to point left when turning left, but hand signals are important for bicyclists and in some cases can be life-saving. Letting car drivers know where you are going can help you avoid being struck by a car. When you are slowing down, point your left arm toward the ground. Let car drivers know what your intentions are.
- Increase Your Visibility: If you choose to ride at night, it is crucial that you obey California's many bike laws. Under California Statute 21201, all bike riders must have a front lamp that emits a white light that is visible from 300 feet away. California law also requires bike riders to have a rear red reflector, a white or yellow reflector on each pedal or reflectors on the bicyclist’s shoes or ankles. All riders would also be well advised to wear bright colored clothes. Wearing red or black will not help at night.
- Ride with Traffic: All Cypress bicycle riders must ride in the same direction as traffic. Motorists expect riders on the right. So, there is a greater chance that you will be seen.
- Stay to the Right: Bicycle riders have the same right-of-way privileges as other motorists, but staying as far right as possible will give motorists more room. Only leave the far right of the roadway to avoid parked vehicles, when turning left or when there are road hazards.
- Ride Defensively: Assuming that a car driver will properly yield the right of way is a dangerous mistake to make. Many drivers don’t even look for bicyclists when making a turn, entering traffic or changing lanes. Making eye contact with a driver before entering an intersection is a good way to make your presence known. Another way to stay safe is to always obey traffic control devices.
Rights of Cypress Bicycle Accident Victims
In the event of a crash, bicyclists could suffer many different types of injuries such as traumatic brain injuries, lacerations, broken bones and devastating spinal cord injuries. Injured bicycle accident victims should seek and receive prompt medical attention. If the bike accident occurred as a result of someone else's negligence, that party can be held liable. At-fault drivers can be held accountable for medical bills, hospitalization and rehabilitation costs, lost revenue, loss of earning potential, pain and suffering and emotional distress. Many insurance companies, however, offer inadequate settlements that do not truly cover all of the losses suffered in the collision.
The experienced Cypress bicycle accident lawyers at our law firm will fight against the negligent party, insurance company and other at-fault parties to ensure that injured victims are fairly compensated for their losses. If you or a loved one has been injured in a Cypress bicycle accident, please contact us for a free consultation.