Category Archives: Cycling Accidents

Information about cycling accidents, cycling gear and California bike laws from a bike accident attorney who is also a cyclist.

How San Diego Is Making it Safer For Cyclists

The City Council of San Diego voted on plans to make the city safer for cyclists. The City Council’s Environment Committee voted this past Thursday on a new implementation plan. This plan will amend the current Bike Master Plan, which was adopted in 2013. The 2013 Bike Master Plan is a strategic implementation plan that promotes bicycle safety, policy, and infrastructure. The new implementation, proposed to city council by the Bicycle Advisory Committee, will cost upwards of $300 million. The new master plan addresses more bicycle related needs such as bicycle roadways, education and other programs that help to improve the San Diego bicycle community overall. What The Plan Says The following objectives are some of the ways in which the Bicycle Advisory Committee proposed to improve the San Diego bicycle community: Increasing the mode of transit to bicycle in high transit-priority areas, such as downtown to 18 percent by…
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AAA Report Finds Fatal Hit and Runs Are Increasing

A new study released by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety (AAA) claims that fatal hit and run accidents continue to increase. As the name implies, a hit and run crash is where a motor vehicle strikes someone else and leaves the scene. According to AAA, fatal hit and runs have increased by 7 percent each year since 2009. Almost 65 percent of the victims were cyclists and pedestrians. In 2016, an astonishing 2,049 people died in hit and run crashes – the highest number on record. An average of 682,000 hit and run crashes occur each year. Why are hit and runs increasing? There could be a few possible causes, such as: More vehicles and cyclists on the road. An increase in mobile phone use during the last decade. Some motorists may be so distracted by their phones that they are unaware when they hit cyclists or pedestrians. Some…
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Are Potholes and Poorly Maintained Sidewalks Causing San Diego Bicycle Accidents?

The San Diego Union-Tribune recently published an article on personal injury lawsuits in San Diego. According to the article, San Diego is facing multiple lawsuits for accidents caused by potholes, damaged sidewalks and trenches. These conditions caused deaths and catastrophic injuries to pedestrians, cyclists and others. The article describes multiple accidents that have occurred in the past several years. These accidents include but are not limited to: A man who died after hitting a protruding sidewalk in Old Town while riding a Segway. Segways are motorized scooter devices. A Sorrento Valley man who became paralyzed from the neck down after hitting a rock pile while riding in a bike lane. According to the man, he flipped his bike after construction workers left the rock pile next to an open trench. A man who suffered a head injury after hitting a damaged sidewalk while biking in Del Cerro. In this case,…
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