A recent surge in California bike accidents has led law enforcement in Red Bluff to crack down on bicycle lawbreakers. According to Red Bluff news, five police officers rushed to the Sacramento River Bridge to help an alleged stabbing victim. When they arrived it turned out that the man had suffered a bicycle accident after stealing a bottle of vodka, and losing control of his bicycle. Alcohol was a factor in the rash.
Two other bike accidents occurred, one involved a car turning in front of a bike and causing a crash, while the other was the result of a bicyclist riding on the wrong side of the road.
These accidents, along with several recent highly publicized San Francisco bike accidents underscore the need for motorists and bicyclists to pay greater mind to the rules of the road in an effort to improve safety.
Some tips include:
• Always wear a bike helmet. Wearing a helmet can prevent serious injuries and even death to riders in collisions. Wearing a helmet is required for individuals under the age of 18.
• Obey the rules of the road, including all traffic signals
• Look out for cars at driveways, cross streets and parking places
• Yield to pedestrians
• Never riding "double," i.e. carrying another person on your handle bars or seat
• Use appropriate hand signals
• Maintain your bicycle in good condition
For more information regarding the operation and use of bicycles and equipment requirements, please see California Vehicle Code (CVC) 231 and 21200-21205, 21208, 21210-21212, 21650.1, 21960, 22111, 23330, 27400, 39002, 23111 and 23112.
If you have questions about California bike accidents, or have been involved in a collision, please contact an experienced Sacramento bike accident lawyer at the Law Office of Frederick J. Sette for an immediate consultation.
The Marin Independent Journal reports that a 71-year-old San Bruno man was killed in a fatal pedestrian bicycle collision last week at the intersection of Castro and Market Streets in San Francisco. The bicyclist who ran into the pedestrian was returning from a Marin Headlands group ride. Online messages suggest that the man may have been speeding down the hill just before the bike accident occurred.
If you have been injured as the result of a bike accident or pedestrian accident, or you have lost a loved one in a fatal collision, it is important to consult with an experienced Sacramento bike accident lawyer to protect your rights and determine your next steps. Although in some instances accident simply happen and no one is at fault, where another person's careless and reckless actions cause you harm, it may be possible to recover compensation.
Here, the investigation into the accident continues. Reports indicate that the San Bruno man was in the crosswalk when the accident occurred, and both him and the cyclist were taken to the hospital with injuries. The cyclist was treated for non-life threatening injuries and released. Newspaper accounts provide that police are looking into whether the bicyclist ran a red light and will be meeting with the District Attorney's office to determine the next steps. Further, the pedestrian's official cause of death has not yet been determined.
While bicyclists are often the victims of tragic accidents, especially when cars and trucks fail to share the road, it is important to remember that bicyclists can also cause serious accidents if they fail to pay attention to the rules of the road or ride recklessly or carelessly.
For more information about bicycle accidents or pedestrian accidents, or if you have been suffered serious injuries in any type of transportation accident, contact the top Sacramento personal injury lawyers at the Law Office of Frederick J. Sette for an immediate consultation.
A recent fatal bike accident has led law makers taking a closer look at bike safety and their recent implementation of the "3-foot-rule." The 3-foot-rule as passed in many states and cities requires motorists to give bicyclists sufficient room when passing a bicyclist. On four lane roads, motorists are required to move into the far left lane to pass, whereas on a two-lane road they are required to give 3 feet of space. The accident occurred in a Mississippi town that had adopted the 3-foot-rule, but the town leader believes greater enforcement of the rule is necessary to prevent future accidents.
Although 20 states currently have a 3-foot-rule, California does not. Recently Governor Jerry Brown vetoed Senate Bill 910 which had as its stated purpose requiring "the driver of a vehicle overtaking a bicycle in the same direction pass to the left at a safe distance without interfering with the safe operation of the overtaken bicycle." In September, the California Assembly passed the bill in a 44-25 vote. SB 910 was co-sponsored by the City of Los Angeles and the California Bike Coalition, and enjoyed significant support by the public, advocacy groups and California injury attorneys who are concerned about bicycle safety. 10 years ago a similar bill was unsuccessfully introduced.
The impetus behind California's 3-foot passing law came after a well-known competitive cyclist was struck from behind and killed by a Bakersfield driver. As noted by a supporter, "Senate Bill 910 is not just about the bicyclist, but about the motorist who kills someone. That's who this bill also protects ...maybe if there had been this law and some education about passing bicyclists, the driver would have approached [the bicyclist] differently."
As a Sacramento bike accident lawyer, I see far too many individuals suffer serious personal injuries as the result of car/bike collisions. Some alarming bike accident statistics include:
• About 100 California bike accident deaths occur each year
• 10-15% of all reported bicycle injuries are brain injuries
• 2/3rds of bicycling death come from traumatic brain injuries (TBIs)
• 45-88% of bicyclists' brain injuries could be prevented by wearing a helmet
Although Gov. Brown vetoed the bill in current form, bike safety advocates are hopeful their efforts will improve awareness concerning the very real problems of bicyclists being hit from behind and the danger to cyclists who chose bicycling as a way of transportation as well as for sport and enjoyment.
For more information or if you have been injured in a bike accident, contact the dedicated Sacramento bike accident attorneys at the Law Office of Frederick J. Sette for an immediate consultation.
The Oakland Tribune reports that Oakland has the fewest DUI car crashes among California's biggest cities. The study reviewed 13 of the state's biggest cities, including San Francisco and Sacramento.
The number of Oakland pedestrian accidents and hit-and-run injuries placed them at #3. Oakland ranked #5 for bike accidents.
If you have been injured in a DUI accident, or any other injury throughout the Bay Area, an experienced California personal injury lawyer can help.
The study reports that the 131 people were injured or killed in Oakland accidents where alcohol was involved. Although this number is still too high, it is a significant improvement. The city's partnership with a number of nationwide and statewide sobriety programs is credited with the improvement.
The Oakland Police Department has just received a traffic safety grant to look at ways to improve bicycle and pedestrian safety.
Many factors are at play in any type of accident. Roadway conditions, driver distraction, and simple awareness of the rules of the road all impact the number, type and severity of roadway collisions and accidents. A knowledgeable California personal injury attorney can investigate the facts surrounding any accident and evaluate your options.
If you or a loved one has been injured in any accident, contact the Law Office of Frederick J. Sette, dedicated to helping those injured by the negligence of others.
After a 23-year ban, bicyclists were allowed back on the K Street Mall this week. Bicyclists can now legally ride on the Mall from 7th to 13th Streets and in the tunnel connecting 2d and 4th Streets.
Bicyclists were originally banned from the K Street Mall in 1987 to avoid bicycle accidents after light-rail tracks were installed.
The Department of Transportation stated in a news release that lifting the ban on bicycles on K Street Mall is "another important accomplishment toward creating and maintaining a safe and reliable multi-modal transportation for the city and the region."
Bicycling is an increasingly popular mode of transportation in Sacramento and throughout the area including the cities of San Francisco, Davis and Palo Alto which rank among the Top Ten Best bicycling cities the United States.
Keeping in mind a few simple safety tips will help prevent bicycling accidents and limit their severity if they occur. These include:
• Wearing your helmet. Wearing a helmet significantly decreases the possibility of sustaining a brain injury if you're in an accident.
• Obey speed limits and rules of the road. In crowded areas such as K Street it's important to be alert, not exceed the speed limit (10 mph) and use appropriate hand signals.
• Yield to Pedestrians. Not only can bicycle/car collisions lead to injuries, so can bicycle/pedestrians collisions.
As a Sacramento bicycling accident attorney and biking enthusiast, I applaud Sacramento's efforts to be a bike friendly city. If you have any questions regarding bicycle safety, or if you or a loved one has been in bicycling accident, please contact the Law Office of Frederick J. Sette.