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Bicycle Accidents

In recent years, bicycling has become more and more popular in the United States. After all, it is a convenient and inexpensive method of travel, especially in lieu of heavy traffic and parking problems. Even though most cities recognize this increase in bicycle traffic and have constructed special bicycle lanes, automobile drivers often do not respect these lanes or bicyclists’ right to share the road, which then results in more bicycle accidents.

The United States Department of Transportation statistics show that more than 8,000 bicyclists died and 700,000 were seriously injured in motor vehicle-related crashes in the past decade. Each year, more than 500,000 people in the United States are treated in emergency rooms, and more than 700 people die as a result of bicycle-related injuries.

Bicycle accidents are on the rise in Bakersfield and the Central Valley, and sadly, so are deaths. In 2016, 138 bicycle riders were killed on California roads, a nearly 25 percent increase from 2011, according to Bakersfield Police Department and the California Office of Traffic Safety. Among the main factors in these crashes were failing to yield right of way, speeding, improper turning, using the wrong side of the road, and not following traffic signs or signals.

Our lawyers have successfully represented those who have been the victims of bicycle accidents. If you or someone you know has been involved in a bicycle accident due to the fault of another, contact our law firm immediately.

Community Partner For Bicycle Safety

As part of its mission to reduce the number of accidents in our community, Chain | Cohn | Clark has partnered for years with nonprofit Bike Bakersfield to give away hundreds of free bicycle lights and safety helmets throughout Kern County in parts of our community where bicycles are used the most – Oildale, Arvin, east Bakersfield, and southeast Bakersfield. Chain | Cohn | Clark and Bike Bakersfield have also hosted the “Kidical Mass” bike repair, safety demonstration, a group bike ride program.

Learn more about these programs and the law firm’s dedication toward raising awareness of the importance of bicycle safety and sharing the road at chainlawblog.com.

Your Bakersfield Bicycle Accident Lawyers

If you or someone you know is hurt at the fault of someone else while riding on a bicycle, contact us at (661) 616-9829 or visit us at 1731 Chester Ave., Suite 100, Bakersfield, CA 93301-5220 today.

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