Bicycle Accidents in Southern California
LOS ANGELES — THIS CITY of dreams is also home to disturbing realities, one of which is having some of the world's worst traffic and bicycle accidents. The hour-long traffic jams, best weather, and mostly flat roads make the City of Angels appear best for commuting by bike, but Los Angeles was recently crowned as the most dangerous U.S. city in which to bike by Bicycling magazine. And there is one big reason why: Cyclists keep getting killed on the roads.
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Bicycle Accidents in Southern California
Bicycle accidents in Southern California are more of an issue than one might think. When we usually think of cyclists in SoCal, we think of wheeling down the Venice CA boardwalk or in Santa Monica, Huntington Beach, or San Diego trails near the bay. However, when you look at the statistics, it turns out that the bulk of bicycle accidents in California occur during the workday.
Based on the California Highway Patrol and the California Department of Transportation figures, most CA bike crashes happen to male cyclists (and female cyclists in smaller numbers) between Monday - Friday. In fact, the “peak day” for California bicycle collisions is on Thursday!
Why do so Many Bicycle Accidents in Southern California Happen During the Week?
The “simple” explanation is that there is a lot more traffic on main roadways in Los Angeles, Orange County, the Inland Empire, and San Diego during the week. This is unquestionably part of the equation. Ordinarily, cities like L.A. have up to 8 hours of “rush hour” throughout workdays compared to 5-7 in most larger urban areas.
The other piece of this equation is the improved use of bicycles as transportation methods to get to and from work or other utilitarian purposes such as running errands to the store and commercial transactions such as delivering goods or services. While most individuals still choose to get in their car and drive to work, school, a store, or a restaurant, many people use bicycles.
When looking at the places of bicycle accidents in Los Angeles, it would seem that economics represents a large factor. The majority of incidents in L.A. happen in less economically advantaged communities like East L.A and South Central.
Research has shown that many other factors come into action, such as persons rationalizing based upon time, cost, environmental factors, and social attitudes towards transportation forms. One such study, led by the University of California at Davis concluded that, in an average urban setting like San Diego or L.A., all of these circumstances come into play a role with about 34 percent of those examined being “auto-centric” or only using motor vehicles for commuting, 26 percent using walking, biking or public transportation only and about 40 percent of people using a mixture of automobile travel, public transit, and biking or walking.
Importance of Bicycle Riders Staying Extra Cautious While Riding in Weekday, Rush Hour Traffic and Getting Help from A Bicycle Accident Attorney if They Are Involved in a Collision
All of these statistics confirm that bike riders in Southern California must be extra cautious and careful when operating a bicycle on the busy street during the peak hours of travel. If you are in a bicycle accident during such hours, it is essential to be as calm as feasible, take pictures of your bike and the involved car, and seek immediate medical treatment if you are injured. Rush-hour commutes can be hectic, which leads to sometimes irregular and illegal behavior on the part of drivers, including hitting and leaving the scene. Try to get a full or at least a partial license plate number to find any such driver. Please remember, if you are injured, you should reach out to a bicycle accident attorney familiar with investigating bike accident claims. An attorney can be your best advocate in getting to the root of what occurred, obtaining evidence to show legal liability, and getting maximum compensation for your injuries.
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