Culver City is a fantastic neighborhood in the West Los Angeles region of the greater LA metropolitan area.
It has a vibrant downtown area with a variety of shopping, dining, and entertainment options, lush tree-lined streets, major employers such as Sony Pictures and Culver Studios, and is only 8 miles from the beach.
All this makes Culver City a bicycle paradise for locals, commuters and even tourists alike.
Recently, the City of Culver City has rolled out its first-ever Bicycle and Pedestrian Master Plan (BPMP) in an attempt to “transform the City into a place with an extensive bicycle and pedestrian network that allows travelers of all levels and abilities to feel comfortable walking and biking to their destinations.”
This is all done in the hopes that more and more people will walk and bike instead of getting in a motor vehicle whenever possible, and for Culver City to become truly pedestrian and bicycle friendly.
While this is an amazing and important step in the right direction, unfortunately, any time cars, trucks, delivery vans, and other motor vehicles share the road with bicycles, there is an inherent danger for the cyclist.
If you or someone you love is involved in a Culver City bike accident, contact The Law Offices of Daniel Kim today and let us help you get on the road to recovery.
Why Contact The Law Offices Of Daniel Kim
Bicycle accidents can be catastrophic and medical recovery long.
On top of that, dealing with insurance companies can be a complete nightmare.
Daniel Kim is a top-rated personal injury attorney in Southern California that has been helping the good people of Culver City fight for their rights with insurance companies for many years.
Our legal team focuses exclusively on motor vehicle accidents and knows every trick, loophole, law, and process to move your bike accident claim along expeditiously.
Daniel Kim has well over 1000 positive reviews on Yelp and Facebook attesting to his commitment and skills from previous satisfied clients.
We are an aggressive law firm when it comes to dealing with the negligent parties involved and their insurance companies, and are not in this to make a quick buck at your expense with a lowball settlement.
The bottom line is that if you are injured in a Culver City bicycle accident you will need an experienced personal injury attorney that knows how to get the job done.
Contact The Law Offices of Daniel Kim 24 hours a day, 7 days a week for a Free consultation and case review.
Why You Need An Experienced Bike Accident Lawyer
After being involved in a bicycle accident you will soon come to realize the headaches and complexities of filing claims and dealing with insurance companies firsthand.
The negligent parties and their insurance companies are not looking out for you and do not have your best interests at heart.
Insurance adjusters are highly trained employees of the insurance company and are trying to limit any payouts and reduce their exposure.
You will need to prove liability and who was at fault for the accident such as the other driver or drivers.
Even if you were partially at fault, you can still file for compensation from the negligent parties.
Trying to build a case on your own will only result in failure.
Insurance adjusters love unrepresented claimants as they know they can settle for pennies on the dollar and oftentimes nothing at all.
Do not let this happen to you.
Call Daniel Kim today and let us guide you through the entire process.
You don’t pay anything unless we win your case.
No matter what the circumstances surrounding your accident we can help you get justice.
Common Causes Of Bicycle Accidents In Culver City
Culver City is a small yet extremely busy part of the Greater Los Angeles Metro Area, with major streets and freeways carving their way through the city.
And whenever there is excess traffic sharing the roads with cyclists, there are bound to be accidents.
Cars, trucks, motorcycles, Ubers, and delivery vans are all responsible for catastrophic accidents over the years.
Here are some of the most common reasons bike accidents happen:
Bike rear-ended – when a motor vehicle crashes into a stopped or moving cyclist from behind. Very common at traffic lights.
Being doored – this is when a vehicle passenger or driver opens their door without checking first and the bike crashes into it. Common in dense urban areas where cars are parking on the street such a Culver City.
Left turning Vehicle – when a vehicle and a cyclist approach an intersection from opposing directions and the driver turns left crashing into the bike rider.
Turning right on a red – when a car is looking for a break in traffic to turn but does not see the cyclist and collides with them.
Inattentive driving – distracted driving is an increasing cause of motor vehicle accidents thanks to the rise in popularity of mobile devices, texting, emailing, and checking social media. This is not only dangerous but also illegal.
Backing up – when a vehicle is reversing out of a parking spot or driveway and does not see the cyclist, the rider could be cut off or even collided with directly. This happens a lot when the driver is distracted.
Speeding – this is consistently the leading cause of all motor vehicle-related injury and fatality crashes. Speeding cars and trucks cause a major problem for bicycles given their unprotected design and the vehicle’s inability to stop quickly.
Even taking evasive action to avoid an erratic vehicle or attacking dog can lead to a serious accident. Whatever the reason for your Culver City bike accident, The Law Office of Daniel Kim has you covered.
Common Injuries From Culver City Bicycle Accidents
Again, because cyclists are out in the open and unprotected, minor accidents and injuries are few and far between.
Most bike accident injuries are moderate to severe, and some of the most common injuries we see as a result of a bike crash include:
Head injuries – this is one of the most serious injuries one can sustain in a bike crash. Some form of head injuries occur in up to 47% of all reported bicycle injury accidents, and 60% of bike accident deaths were caused by this. Medical professionals agree that always wearing a helmet can dramatically improve your chances of surviving a bicycle accident.
Brain injury – concussion or traumatic brain injury (TBI) can range from mild to severe. In the most severe reported cases, brain injury as a result of a bike accident could cause permanent disabilities and last a lifetime, and some cases even are fatal.
Broken bones – wrists, hands, legs, hips, arms, shoulders, clavicles, noses, and feet can all be broken or fractured as a result of a bike crash. In the worst cases, surgical procedures may be required.
Facial and dental injuries – chipped or cracked teeth, broken jaw, soft tissue injuries, and broken bones are all common, especially if a cyclist is thrown over the handlebars.
Neck and back injuries – neck sprain, disc trauma, torn muscles, and spinal cord damage are all real concerns and can have lifelong ramifications.
Other noteworthy injuries include road rash, nerve damage, hand injuries, bruises, lacerations, and death.
If you are involved in a bicycle crash, seek medical treatment immediately and then contact The Law Office of Daniel Kim.
What Should I Do After A Bike Accident?
Immediately after the crash, if possible call 911.
Tell the dispatcher you have been involved in a bicycle accident and need both paramedics and police to come to the scene quickly.
Stay calm and breathe. Evaluate yourself quickly for any visible injuries.
If you are able, collect evidence from the crash site.
Take photos and videos of everything.
Injuries from yourself and anyone else, all property damage, condition of the road, any street or road signs, weather and anything else you might think useful.
Gather information from all other parties.
Drivers licenses, registration, insurance, and phone numbers.
Also, get the name and number from any bystander or witness to the crash.
Ask the police officer for their name, division, and contact number also so we can get a copy of the police report later.
If offered, always accept a ride to the closest ER or hospital from the paramedics or medical transport.
If not offered, ask for it.
Even if you think your accident was minor, it is important that you go to the hospital or see a doctor right away.
Quite often injuries sustained in a bicycle accident may not reveal themselves for days or even weeks after the crash.
It is always better to be safe than sorry, and this will also help build the strength of your case.
Culver City Bike Accident Stats
More and more people are moving into urban and densely populated areas such as the Culver City downtown thanks to new developments, redevelopment, gentrification, and the desire to live closer to work and cut down on commute times and costs.
And being able to walk or bike to work is a huge bonus on not only your wallet but your health too!
But it does come at a risk. California leads the nation in bike accident fatalities.
Bicyclist deaths account for 2% of all transportation-related deaths nationwide, but it’s 4% in California.
In California from 2007 to 2013, there were 87,845 reported bicycle injury and fatality accidents.
Busiest Roads And Intersections In Culver City
Thousands of motor vehicles travel to and through Culver City every day in every direction.
Some of the busiest streets include:
- Jefferson Blvd.
- Inglewood Blvd.
- Washington Place.
- Sepulveda Blvd.
- Culver Blvd and Overland Ave.
- Venice Boulevard.
- W. Washington Boulevard.
- Robertson Boulevard and Exposition Blvd.
- Venice Blvd and Robertson Blvd.
- Motor Ave
- National Blvd