Bicycle Accidents

Bicycling is a fantastic way to enjoy the outdoors, get some exercise, and get from point A to point B. In California, bikes are considered vehicles and are therefore subject to the same traffic rules as cars. Some streets in Los Angeles County feature dedicated bike lanes, but others do not. Biking accidents can be particularly devastating for the biker since there is no barrier between their bodies and the road. Getting knocked off a bike can lead to serious injury.

If you or a loved one are injured in a biking accident in Southern California, you will want an experienced team of lawyers working to secure financial damages and support you during recovery. You are going to want the team at the Vaziri Law Group.

California Bicycle Laws:

It is essential to understand what your legal requirements are as a biker. In the state of California, bikers are expected to adhere to these regulations:

  • Bikes must have functional brakes
  • Handlebars must not be above the rider’s shoulders. They should also be sized for the rider. Approximations are fine.
  • If riding at night, the bike must have a front-facing light that can be seen from 300 feet away.
  • The back of the bike must have a red reflector that can be seen from at least 500 feet away.
  • The pedals must also be affixed with either white or yellow reflectors.

If you are involved in a biking accident, you must file a lawsuit within two years. After that, the statute of limitations runs out, and you will no longer be able to pursue legal action.

Establishing Fault:

In personal injury cases, the party at fault for the accident is held liable for damages. Most people falsely assume that biking accidents are always the fault of the driver. This is not the case. Since bikes are considered vehicles, bikers are held to the same standards of drivers. 

Our first step in handling your bicycle accident case will be establishing fault. Partial-fault incidents do happen, in which responsibility is split up proportionally between two at-fault parties. The legal team at the Vaziri Law Group will review your accident in detail and explain to you in plain language how liability for your individual situation will work.