- June 4, 2010
- In orange County Personal Injury
Southern California bicycle accident attorney Samer Habbas understands the threats that bicyclists face very well. He and other California bicycle accident lawyers help accident victims and their families every day. He is appalled that California continues to have some of the highest bicycle accident rates in the country that claim lives and change the course of other’s forever. The single largest cause of bicycle accident fatalities and gravely serious injuries is collisions between bicyclists and automobiles, and the biggest contributing factor of these collisions is driver negligence. The California DMV estimates that these collisions account for more than 100 deaths and thousands of injuries every year.
Vehicles are most likely to strike bicyclists at intersections and when they enter traffic from private driveways or secondary roads. At night, the chances of a bicyclist being struck and killed or severely injured increase dramatically due to reduced visibility and more drug-and alcohol-impaired drivers on the road.
Because they are in control of vehicles weighing thousands of pounds, many drivers operate under the false impression that they have the right of way on streets and highways. This could not be more false. The California Vehicle Code stipulates, “Every person riding a bicycle upon a street or highway has all the rights and is subject to all the duties applicable to the driver of a vehicle.”
Anaheim bicycle accident lawyer Samer Habbas has many years of experience helping bicycle accident victims and their families recover damages caused by negligent drivers. If you or someone you care for has been injured or killed in a bicycle accident, call 888.848.5084 today to schedule a free consultation with Mr. Habbas.
Resource link: Protecting California Bicyclists
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