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How Should You Respond to a Hit-and-Run Bicycle Accident?

Hit and run accidents are notoriously common in San Diego. Some hit and run crashes involve pedestrians or bicyclists who die or suffer serious injuries. In the more serious cases, we hear about hit and run collisions on the news – such as the man in Guatay who was seriously injured in a hit and run bicycle crash last month. Other cases of hit and run bike crashes in San Diego involve fatalities.  If you or a loved one suffered harm in a hit and run, there are critical steps you should take immediately following the accident.  Contact the Police and Emergency Services If you suffer injuries in a bicycle collision with a hit and run driver, then your first step should be to seek medical attention and notify the authorities. Depending on what you remember about the vehicle, police may be able to apprehend and arrest the driver. You…
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New NHTSA Data Shows Decrease in Nationwide Bicycle Fatalities

According to new data released by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), bicycle fatalities declined between 2016 and 2017 by the greatest margin in occupant and nonoccupant traffic crash fatalities. Bicycle fatalities decreased by over eight percent, while pedestrian fatalities decreased by less than two percent. Tips to Avoid a Bicycle Accident in California Follow the helmet law. Under California Vehicle Code, bicyclists younger than 18 years of age must wear properly-fitted helmets while riding on a public road. Nationwide, California has one of the strictest statewide helmet laws for bicyclists. Many states do not have bicycle helmet laws and those that do set the age requirement lower than California. Though a helmet is always recommended for safety, adults 18 years of age and older are not required to wear helmets while bicycling. Avoid distracted cycling. Distracted cycling includes carrying packages or groceries that would prevent a cyclist from…
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What You Can Do If You are Injured in a Bicycle Accident

In the last decade, San Diego has seen a rise in bicycle injuries and accidents. It’s no surprise that as bike traffic surges, incidents increase. A city data report revealed there were 130 cycling accidents that resulted in injuries from Jan. 1 to May 1, 2018, in comparison to 102 accidents during the same period in 2017. Cyclists reflect the need for a streamlined transportation system in bike-friendly Southern California.  Both urban and recreational bicyclists are a valuable asset, and their safety is a priority in the state’s blueprint for the future. You can reduce the chance of being involved in a bicycle accident by following municipal and state cycling laws. If an accident does occur, you should consider doing the following: Get medical attention IMMEDIATELY. Keep all bills, records and names of the doctors and medical attendants. If there were witnesses, get names, phone numbers and other contact information….
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