Why Are There So Many Bike Accidents in Southern California?

Big steps have been taken to reduce traffic fatalities in Southern California, and in some areas they have been very successful in reducing the number of fatalities caused by car accidents and other motor vehicle fatalities. However, many say that not enough has been done to combat the growing number of pedestrian accidents and bike accidents Continue reading to learn more and then reach out to The Law Offices of Larry H. Parker at 800-333-0000 if you are ready to talk to an attorney.

How serious are bike accidents in the Southern California?

To understand how serious this issue is, consider that in 2017 there were nearly 250 people killed in traffic accidents throughout the city of Los Angeles alone. Then consider that 60% of those killed were either walking or riding a bike. This is double the number of people killed in traffic accidents in similar situations in 2016. As a result, it has become clear that something needs to be done.

Hit and run accidents are serious in Southern California

Not only are bike accidents a serious issue that needs attention, but hit and run accidents involving cyclists are also on the rise. In fact, they have increased in Southern California by 42% over the last decade. Unfortunately, more than 80% of these hit and run cases are never solved. This leaves the victims and their families with little legal recourse and can make them feel as though they have not gotten justice.

There are many causes of the rise in bike accidents

It is easy to blame bike accidents solely on drivers but the truth is much cloudier. Some point to the inaction of the city council, which passed a $.005 cent cells tax increase in 2016 with money earmarked for better cycling and walking lanes. However, they have approved only seven miles of bike lanes and have even torn up some of the lanes installed due to pressure from drivers.

To understand how the city council could be partially at fault, consider another city, New York, that passed a similar program. In that city, the mayor can override actions taken by an individual city council member. That is not the case in Los Angeles, where each member of the city council has total control over their area and can only be overruled if the entire city council votes to do so. As a result, some council members can become affected by pressure from the public and not allow bike lanes.

What to do if you are involved in a bike accident

If you have been involved in a bike accident then your first priority is your safety. Get help from a medical professional, alert the police and file a police report, and ensure that you are safe. Once you have done so, then it is time to contact The Law Offices of Larry H. Parker at 800-333-0000 for a free legal consultation.