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Los Angeles Bicycle Ridership Increases Due to COVID-19: What Does That Mean for You?

Tuesday, October 27, 2020

Thanks to COVID-19, more people than ever are riding their bicycles through Los Angeles to get to work and school or to enjoy leisure activities. Riding a bicycle is a great solitary activity that allows you to get in some much-needed exercise and see more of Los Angeles. Not only that, bus use is down throughout the Los Angeles area as people try to avoid high-traffic areas and close quarters.  If you've chosen to ride your bicycle to help reduce potential COVID-19 exposure or to enjoy a little exercise during this unprecedented period, it offers a number of advantages. 

You may find that using your bicycle allows you to:
  • Get in more exercise--a great answer to gym closures or avoiding the gym due to COVID-19
  • Get to your destination faster than walking
  • Improve your familiarity with the city and everything it has to offer through a rolling tour
At the same time, if you're using your bicycle during this time, there are several things you need to know. 
As more people ride their bicycles, bicycle accidents increase.
In part, accidents increase because there are simply more people riding their bikes and, with more people riding, accident risk increases substantially. Accident risk can also increase as bicycles become a more familiar sight on Los Angeles streets. Drivers may not yield as readily, or they might not take into consideration the needs of the cyclists around them, especially if they have been slowed down by bicycles as they hurry to work. 
You must also follow the rules of the road.
Just as drivers have specific rules that they must follow on the road, bicyclists must also follow those rules. You should not ride on sidewalks and other walking areas, but should ride in bike lanes when available. You should also follow traffic signals, yield to oncoming traffic, and follow any posted signs and limitations. 
Be aware at all times.
As a bicycle rider, you have little protection from the ground, the cars around you, and any obstacles in your way. Wearing a helmet can significantly decrease TBI risk, but it does not eliminate it entirely, nor does it protect the rest of your body from injury. You are also smaller than the large vehicles driving around you. Many drivers fail to notice the presence of bicycle riders in their lanes because bicycles do not fit the pattern they look for: instead of a large vehicle, you have a much smaller profile and travel at a different rate of speed. Some drivers may find you hard to spot. As a result, you must remain aware of your surroundings at all times and take steps to protect yourself as needed. 
Know what to do if you have an accident.
Many people are using their bicycles, not just for leisure or exercise, but to get to work and school: important destinations they need to reach in a timely manner. Nevertheless, you must take the right steps if you have an accident, even a minor accident. You should:
  • Report the accident and wait for the police to arrive, even if you believe you did not suffer serious injury. 
  • Collect insurance information for the other driver.
  • Seek medical attention, even if you believe you did not suffer serious injury.
A full evaluation from a medical professional can help ensure that you did not miss an injury that could cause serious problems later and serve as valuable evidence if you need to file a personal injury claim. 
Did You Suffer Injuries in a Bicycle Accident in Los Angeles?
If you suffered injuries in a Los Angeles bicycle accident, contact Freeman & Freeman today to learn more about your legal rights and how we can help you seek compensation for your injuries. 

Road Rage Increases the Chances of Serious Auto Accidents

Thursday, October 26, 2017

Incidents involving road rage and aggressive driving appear frequently in the news. For example, this local news article on Southern California freeways highlights some of the angry or out-of-control behaviors.

Road rage and aggressive driving more generally contribute to numerous accidents ranging from minor fender-benders to fatal crashes.

What are some of the ways that road rage increases the likelihood of a crash?

  • Drivers become more focused on each other instead of keeping enough of their attention on the road.
  • The overwhelming anger they feel also proves to be a distraction.
  • They may act on their anger by tailgating, cutting each other off, swerving violently into different lanes, or attempting to run each other off the road. In some cases, one driver may even try to run into another.
  • Their aggression may push them to ignore various traffic laws; they may wind up speeding, for instance, or disregarding red lights and stop signs.
  • Drivers may improperly park and exit their vehicles to confront each other.

Tendencies towards road rage and aggressive driving need to be curbed before they develop into something out-of-control and incredibly dangerous. Drivers are responsible for finding ways to manage their anger and dial it down. Techniques for anger management and stress reduction are essential; these include deep breathing exercises and speaking aloud reminders to yourself that the rage and aggressive behaviors aren't worth it – they can wind up costing you your life and well-being.

If you're on the receiving end of road rage, it's important to take steps not to let it escalate. For example, don't respond to any rude gestures or maintain eye contact with angry drivers. Try to safely put space between them and you. If you're feeling threatened on the road, you can contact law enforcement to report the aggressive or criminal behavior.

Hopefully, you'll be able to avoid accidents stemming from road rage or aggressive driving. Should you suffer an accident, don't hesitate to contact us to discuss your case and receive dedicated legal assistance.

Common Causes of Motorcycle Freeway Collisions

Thursday, June 08, 2017

Riding your motorcycle down the freeway, speeding along can be an exhilarating experience, but that doesn’t change the fact that it can be a dangerous place for vehicles, motorcycles in particular.  Due to a motorcycle’s slim profile and exposed nature, not only can they go unnoticed by drivers, but if a collision does occur, motorcycle drivers are significantly more at risk for serious injury. This means that a crash that could lend to a few scrapes in a car driver could end up seriously maiming a motorcycle driver since they are not encased in that protective shell.

Common causes of freeway motorcycle accidents include:

  • Driving at unsafe speeds
  • Driving while distracted
  • Failing to check blind spots
  • Driving too closely to other vehicles

Aside from the negligence of other drivers, motorcycle crashes can often be made worse by defective motorcycle parts and poorly functioning safety equipment. Depending on the circumstances of the crash, motorcycle riders may be entitled to a substantial sum from monetary damages in order to cover medical bills, vehicle damages, rehabilitation expenses, and even pain and suffering. However, these damages are only available to you if it is the other driver’s fault. If it was found that a motorcycle driver was driving recklessly, then the other driver, in turn, might seek damages.

If you were in a motorcycle accident on the freeways around Los Angelescontact us today. The personal injury lawyers of Freeman & Freeman believe in sharing the road and make sure the victims are taken care of when that doesn’t happen.

Three Common Types of Motorcycle Accidents

Thursday, April 13, 2017

Did you know that motorcycle accidents are more likely to result in serious injury or death than other vehicle accidents?

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration states that the accident rate is almost thirty-five times higher for motorcycles than other types of passenger vehicles.

If you enjoy riding your motorcycle on a sunny California day, it is important to know the most common types of accidents that riders face so that you can stay safer on the roads. They include:

Left-hand Turn Accidents

It's said that the single most common type of accident between a four-wheeled passenger vehicle and a motorcycle happens when the automobile's driver turns left in front of an oncoming motorcyclist. Known as “left hook” collisions, they occur mainly in intersections and the entrances of retail centers and private driveways.

Road Defects

Road defects cause approximately two percent of motorcycle accidents every year. Such problems include uneven heights on the pavement and potholes.

Rear-end Accidents

At times drivers of commercial vehicles and passenger vehicles fail to see motorcycles directly in front of them. When a car or truck strikes the back of a motorcycle, it can propel the motorcycle forward into the vehicle in front of the motorcycle or into other traffic. These circumstances can cause tragic or fatal injuries to the rider.

If you have sustained injuries in a motorcycle accident, please contact us. Our personal injury attorneys will work hard on your behalf if you have a valid claim to make sure you receive the settlement you deserve. 

How to Deal with an Aggressive Driver

Sunday, December 29, 2013

Aggressive driving is not just well alive and well on American roads, but it is actually on the increase. According to a recent State Farm survey involving more than 1,000 American drivers above the age of 18, approximately 64% of American drivers reported experiencing aggressive driving behavior at least six times over the past three months.

The rates of such behaviors are very high in California which has notorious problems with congested traffic. It is no secret that motorists are much more likely to indulge in aggressive driving, when they are stressed, frustrated, stuck in traffic, or in other similar situations.

It is very important to deal responsibly and safely with a driver who is becoming hostile towards you on the road, and not do anything thing that will exacerbate the situation. Make no mistake. Aggressive drivers maybe much more prone to fits of road rage that can actually end in harm to you.

If you come across a hostile driver, avoid all eye contact with the driver. Stay calm, and avoiding getting dragged into what could be a potentially nasty situation. Avoid stress at all costs, and avoid responding or retaliating in any way.

Maintain a safe distance from the car in front of you. If the driver is driving too close to you, pull out of the way, and allow the driver to pass. Keep your windows closed, and the doors locked.

Avoid driving under the influence of alcohol, because alcohol impairs judgment skills, and increases the likelihood that you will get involved in a confrontation with an aggressive motorist. You need all your senses about you when you're dealing with such motorists, and alcohol interferes with your ability to do that.


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