Safety Tips and More From an Experienced Bicycle Accident Attorney

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Have you or a loved one been involved in a bicycle accident that led to an injury? Bicycling in Southern California with its sun-drenched scenery is hard to beat. Unfortunately, there are those who don’t operate their vehicles properly, crashing into those on their bicycles. If you believe that your injury may be due to another’s negligence and/or recklessness, an experienced bicycle accident attorney can help. 

Belal Hamideh has helped bicyclists from all walks of life to receive the compensation that they deserve. Below are some tips for bicycling safely through Southern California as well as how Belal can help. 

Bike Safety Begins Before the Bike Trip 

Prior to setting off on your biking adventure, it’s crucial to chart a clear course. With anything from GPS on your smartphone to local cycling-oriented websites at your disposal, you can put together a clear course that you can stick to. Beyond that, stay on paths appropriately for your current ability level. 

Of course, this may be too obvious, but wear a helmet. Always wear a helmet. You have to do so legally if you’re under 18. If you’re over 18, it’s still a good idea to wear a helmet. In fact, wear more than that. Additional protective gear, such as knee and elbow pads, are also highly recommended.

Thoroughly inspect your bike. Any malfunctioning part could lead to a dangerous accident. The brakes are particularly crucial. 

Where to Bike 

As much as possible, aim to ride in the lanes specifically designed for bicycles. Southern California is becoming more bicycle-friendly, with numerous routes and trail options. Staying within these areas and staying clear of motor vehicle traffic is beneficial for your safety. Hand signals can be a useful means of communicating your intentions to others on the road. Always be sure to double check before making street crossings.

Remember: when there isn’t a cycle lane available, bicycles are treated like any other vehicle. They must abide by the existing road rules. These include staying on the right, moving in the direction of traffic, and obeying all traffic signals and signposts. 

Cyclists also need to maintain at least one ear open to traffic. That’s not a typo. The use of two earphones isn’t a good idea. A good idea: stay hydrated. You don’t want to overheat. Even if you’re bicycling by the ocean, cycling can be a strenuous physical activity. 

As such, it’s important to listen to your body and take breaks whenever needed. Carry water and sip regularly. If you start feeling unsteady or dizzy, it’s crucial to stop, put the bike down, and seek shade. Accept assistance if it’s offered to you.

What To Do If You’re in an Accident 

In the aftermath of a bicycle accident, your first priority should be safety. If you are physically able, move to a safer location, away from traffic. 

Bicycle accidents, unfortunately, can be caused by so much. According to studies, the most common cause is drivers failing to yield the right of way. This category includes drivers of cars, trucks, buses, etc. However, other factors such as pedestrians, dog walkers, negligent cyclists, or road maintenance personnel can also be liable for such accidents.

Once you’ve ensured your safety and the safety of others, then report the accident to the police by dialing 911. It is vital to gather as much evidence as possible, which includes taking photos of the accident scene and contacting the responsible party for their insurance details. Remember, it’s crucial to avoid admitting fault or offering apologies.

Why Contact an Experienced Bicycle Accident Attorney 

Simply put, we get to work for you. Once you choose to work with us, we will promptly begin a comprehensive investigation of your case to establish the details of the accident, the guilty party, and the best strategy to secure your rightful compensation.

Medical costs arising from cycling accidents can be daunting. Expenses can include immediate emergency care, long-term rehabilitation, therapy, surgery, hospitalization fees, and more. We will help you seek compensation for these costs. Also, we collaborate with medical professionals who are paid on a contingency basis, ensuring you don’t pay unless you win your case.

Bicycle injuries often lead to loss of wages or reduced earning capacity. Pain, suffering, and emotional distress are also common (as well as so many other consequences). We are dedicated to making sure you receive all of the compensation you deserve. 

According to California state law, you have two years from the date of the accident to file your case. The sooner we represent you, the quicker you can receive your deserved compensation. Even if the case goes to court, we welcome the chance to stand for you.

Our record speaks for itself. Over the years, we have successfully assisted countless victims of cycling accidents, ensuring they get the justice they deserve. Our robust legal representation is founded on a commitment to secure the highest possible compensation for each of our clients, in recognition of their physical, emotional, and financial hardship. Reach out to us for a no-obligation discussion or through our website.