Category Archives: Cycling Accidents

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

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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Can the Vision Zero Plan Prevent Bicycle Accidents in San Diego?

Several pedestrian accidents in January show that more could be done to improve safety on San Diego streets. Last month, a 52-year-old man was fatally struck by a car while crossing El Cajon Boulevard. Additional accidents in Barrio Logan, Normal Heights, Pacific Beach, North Park, City Heights and downtown left pedestrians with injuries. The Vision Zero plan aims to prevent deaths and injuries like the ones that occurred last month. Vision Zero was initially created in Sweden, but it has spread to multiple other countries and US cities. Much like the name implies, Vision Zero San Diego seeks to reduce traffic deaths to zero by 2025. Vision Zero San Diego hopes to accomplish its goals by fostering collaboration between law enforcement, policymakers, traffic planners, community groups and residents to create effective traffic safety strategies. Although there are many separate goals, the plan would seek to improve the safety of bicycle…
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