Bike Lane Accidents
Long Beach is one of the most bike-friendly cities in the country, and cycling is among our residents’ favorite outdoor pastimes. The city is home to more than 120 miles of bike paths, and whether you’re looking for city views or a relaxing glimpse of the shoreline, there is no shortage of incredible routes. With so many people cycling within the city, however, bike lane accidents are especially common, often resulting in severe injuries that require help from a Long Beach bike lane accident lawyer. If you are the victim of a cycling accident, don’t hesitate to contact Jamal Injury Law P.C. We will fight for your rights to help you get the compensation you deserve.Long Beach Bike Paths
There are many different types of bike paths throughout Long Beach. There are 40 miles of Class I bike paths, including the Shoreline Pedestrian Path, which are reserved for cyclists and pedestrians. In addition, there are 50 miles of Class II routes (commonly known as bike lanes) which are dedicated lanes for bicyclists on city roadways. In addition, there are 30 miles of Class III routes in Long Beach, where cyclists and motorists share the entire roadway.
While cyclists are certainly safer when riding in a bike lane or when they properly observe safety rules while riding in traffic, dangerous collisions with fast-moving vehicles still happen at a disconcerting rate. In fact, according to the bike safety organization Bike Long Beach, approximately a third of all cycling accidents in the city are caused by motorists. These accidents often result in severe injuries and costly medical bills, so it is in the best interest of every injured victim to seek help from a bike lane accident lawyer serving Long Beach.Causes of Bike Lane Accidents
As seasoned bike lane attorneys, the team at Jamal Injury Law P.C. has seen many cyclists in our offices who have been the victim of unsafe drivers. Although riding in bicycle lanes is safer than sharing a lane with cars and other vehicles, bike lanes run directly alongside roads, making them risky places to ride.
The highest-risk areas for bike lane accidents are at intersections where a motorist does not see a cyclist coming. These accidents comprise 45 percent of all cycling accidents involving a motorist. All too often, motorists fail to check the bike lane before they turn, or turn left without seeing a cyclist in a far left bike lane, and the result is a serious accident.
Another common cause of bike lane injuries is dooring, where a driver parked on the street opens their car door and hits an oncoming cyclist. In other cases, the cyclist swerves into traffic to avoid the door and is struck by a vehicle.Common Injuries
When we consider the types of serious injuries cyclists sustain in bike lane accidents, it makes a lot of sense that victims often enlist the help of a bike lane accident lawyer serving Long Beach.
While cyclists are minimally protected by a helmet, they are incredibly vulnerable if they are struck by a vehicle or are thrown off their bike when someone carelessly opens their car door. Common injuries after bike accidents include fractured wrists, ankles, and other broken bones. Head trauma, brain injuries, neurological damage, and damage to the discs in the spine and spinal cord also occur with frequency.
Serious injuries such as these lead to expensive medical bills, which is why it is crucial that you ensure that victims receive fair compensation for their injuries. If you are having trouble getting a proper settlement amount from an insurance company, working with an experienced lawyer is the best way to increase the likelihood of receiving the compensation you deserve.Contact Us
If you have been the victim of a bike lane accident, don’t hesitate to contact Jamal Injury Law P.C. With years of experience in the Long Beach area, we have successfully represented many victims of bike lane accidents and helped them secure maximum compensation for their losses.
Consultations are always free and you can rely on our team of Long Beach bike lane accident attorneys to help you fully understand your legal rights and the types of compensation you may be entitled to.
Contact us today at (714) 907-1021.