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May is National Bike Safety Month

man on motorcycleWith that warm and beautiful weather, comes an even greater responsibility for adults and children be aware of your surroundings as you head out to share and enjoy the roads on your bicycle.

According to the NHTSA, 630 pedalcyclists were killed and an additional 51,000 were injured in 2009 in motor vehicle traffic crashes. Pedalcyclist deaths accounted for 2 percent of all motor vehicle traffic fatalities, and made up 2 percent of all the people injured in traffic crashes during the year.

The best guideline is: Be Alert. Be Wary. Be Seen.

Be Alert: Scan ahead, center, left and right.

woman standing by motorcycleAlthough drivers of motor vehicles need to share the road with bicyclists, many times the cyclist is not seen. All drivers and riders should be courteous.

Drivers should:

>allow at least three feet clearance when passing a bicyclist on the road,

> look for cyclists before opening a car door or pulling out from a parking space,

> and yield to cyclists at intersections and as directed by signs and signals.

> Be especially watchful for cyclists when making turns, either left or right.

Cyclists need to

> keep your head up and look ahead, not at the ground. You need to see what is coming up so you have time  to react and maneuver.

> ride one person per bike. Riding with unsecured passengers puts you at risk for injury to yourself and others.

> ride in single file with space between bikes.

> ride on the right side of the road, never against traffic. Otherwise, you are at risk for an accident – or a ticket.

Be Wary: Pay attention to vehicles, pedestrians and others on the road.

woman who fell off bikeBicyclists are considered vehicle operators; they are required to obey the same rules of the road as other vehicle operators, including obeying traffic signs, signals, and lane markings. When cycling in the street, cyclists must ride in the same direction as traffic.

Be Seen: Use your horn, hand signals and light to be seen by others on the road.

Bicyclists should increase their visibility to drivers by wearing fluorescent or brightly colored clothing during the day, dawn,

and dusk. To be noticed when riding at night, use a front light and a red reflector or flashing rear light, and use retro-reflective tape or markings on equipment or clothing.

Important Safety Reminder:

All bicyclists should wear properly fitted bicycle helmets every time they ride. A helmet is the single most effective way

to prevent head injury resulting from a bicycle crash. California state law requires helmets for all bicyclists under age 18.

 

Bill Daniels is a trial lawyer and shareholder with the law firm of DANIELS LAW in Sherman Oaks, CA.  A graduate of Loyola Law School of Los Angeles, he is a former member of the Consumer Attorneys Association of Los Angeles Board of Governors, a founding member of Loyola’s Civil Justice Program and a past president of the Encino Lawyers Association.  Since 2007, he has been named a Southern California “Super Lawyer” by Los Angeles Magazine.  Mr. Daniels focuses his practice on serious personal injury, insurance and employment. For information, visit our website at www.daniels.legal or contact us through e-mail: Info@danielslaw.com.

Warm Weather Means More Riders on the Road

The forecasters are predicting warm and clear weather this weekend, stressing the importance of alertness when out on the road.

April was Distracted Driving Awareness Month and May is Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month. It is essential that all road users are reminded to never drive, ride, walk or bicycle while distracted.

Whether a driver is at an intersection or changing lanes, they should always keep an eye out for motorcyclists. Because motorcycles have a much smaller profile than other vehicles, it can be difficult for drivers to judge the distance and speed of an approaching motorcycle.

Motorcyclists have responsibilities, too. They should obey traffic rules, be alert to other drivers, never ride while impaired or distracted, and always wear proper protective gear, including a helmet.

The warmer weather brings more traffic to the roads, especially near the parks and beaches. During thsi time, it’s important to be more vigilant in staying alert while driving and riding.

“Share the Road” is the message during Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month

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Bill Daniels is a trial lawyer and shareholder with the law firm of DANIELS LAW in Sherman Oaks, CA.  A graduate of Loyola Law School of Los Angeles, he is a former member of the Consumer Attorneys Association of Los Angeles Board of Governors, a founding member of Loyola’s Civil Justice Program and a past president of the Encino Lawyers Association.  Since 2007, he has been named a Southern California “Super Lawyer” by Los Angeles Magazine.  Mr. Daniels focuses his practice on serious personal injury, insurance and employment. For information, visit our website at www.daniels.legal or contact us through e-mail: Info@danielslaw.com.
 

Motorcycle Lane-Splitting is Legal in California

Motorcycle season is in full swing and now is the perfect time to remind all drivers to play it safe. There are more than one million licensed motorcycle riders in Calif. and the climate in the sun-drenched state means motorcyclists will be numerous in the coming months.

In conjunction with declaring May to be Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month. the California Office of Traffic Safety has published the results of its first-ever survey on the thoughts of both motorcyclists and automobile drivers on lane-splitting.

“Lane-splitting” is squeezing between two lanes of slower vehicle traffic headed in the same direction.  Experts urge motorcyclists and drivers to be aware of the riders who split lanes.  Although it’s legal, the survey shows that only 53 percent of drivers know that, and some of them admit trying to stop bikers from riding between lanes of traffic.

While drivers need to look for motorcycle riders,  it’s important for motorcyclists to minimize their risks by riding responsibly. They need to assume that people driving cars may not see them, especially if the rider is in their blind spots. Motorcycle riders need to look out for themselves by wearing the right gear – a proper correctly fit helmet, armored jacket, pants, boots and gloves. Every  motorcycle rider, from novice to experienced bikers, can also benefit from safety training.  The CHP offers a California Motorcyclist Safety Program.

“Share the Road” is the Message During Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month.

Bill Daniels is a trial lawyer and shareholder with the law firm of DANIELS LAW in Sherman Oaks, CA.  A graduate of Loyola Law School of Los Angeles, he is a former member of the Consumer Attorneys Association of Los Angeles Board of Governors, a founding member of Loyola’s Civil Justice Program and a past president of the Encino Lawyers Association.  Since 2007, he has been named a Southern California “Super Lawyer” by Los Angeles Magazine.  Mr. Daniels focuses his practice on serious personal injury, insurance and employment. For information, visit our website at www.daniels.legal or contact us through e-mail: Info@danielslaw.com.