Those who ride bicycles in California are obligated to the same rules as those who drive vehicles, and often have to take extra safety precautions in avoiding accidents that cause injuries. Drivers of motor vehicles often do not see bicyclists because they aren't as noticeable as cars on the road, which results in a high number of bicycle accidents. If you plan on riding your bicycle in California even once, these tips can help you. Here are some general rules to ride by:
- Have the Right Equipment: Many bicyclists are confused as to what bike equipment is preference and what is necessity. Things like working brakes and handlebars seem obvious, but bicyclists must also possess white lights visible from the front and back if they are riding at night. They must also possess a white or yellow reflector on the front and a red or white reflector on the rear.
- Riding with Children: If you are riding on a bicycle with a child under 40 pounds, they must be riding in a seat that holds them in place where they are protected from the bicycle's moving parts. Also, any bicycle rider under the age of 18 is required to wear a helmet.
- On the Road: If you are riding a bicycle and traveling slower than the speed of traffic, you must use an appropriate bike lane or sidewalk except when turning. Bicycles must also travel in the direction of traffic. Use of headphones while riding your bicycle on the road is prohibited because safety requires you to hear the vehicles around you.
By following these rules, you can take your part in helping avoid bicycle accidents. If you were abiding by all the necessary bicycle laws and were still involved in an accident causing injury, you may be entitled to compensation. Seek the help of a
Los Angeles personal injury attorney from the Pacific Attorney Group today. Our lawyers are experienced in dealing with cases of bicycle accidents and always fight to see that our clients get the compensation they deserve.
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