Fullerton is a great place to live here in Orange County, and the city has many people who choose to ride a bike on a daily basis.
Unfortunately with a growing population and a plethora of automobiles on the roads, Fullerton has a fair share of bike accidents.
There are those rare occasions where a bicycle rider will walk away from an accident without any injuries at all, but this is very rare.
There are so many uninsured motorists on the roads, and people that are driving drunk, or distracted, etc., you have to be extra careful when you are riding a bike around Fullerton.
If you have been injured in a bike accident here in Fullerton (or anywhere in California) then contact us today for help.
Why Contact The Law Offices of Daniel Kim
Anytime you are injured in a bicycle accident, the situation gets very complicated and stressful once the insurance companies are involved.
Daniel Kim and his legal team are experienced personal injury lawyers who have helped 100’s of clients who were injured while riding a bicycle here in Orange County.
The Law Offices of Daniel Kim have over 1000 reviews on Yelp, Google, and FB, and we are very proud of our reputation.
Over the years Daniel Kim has become an expert negotiator when it comes to dealing with the insurance companies and making sure we get our clients maximum compensation.
The insurance companies are in business to make money, not pay out money on accident claims.
And when you try to deal with the insurance companies by yourself you’ll quickly realize why so many accident victims decided to hire Daniel Kim.
More Reasons To Contact Daniel Kim
- A+ rating on the BBB
- 99% client satisfaction rating
- We are available 7 days a week, 24 hours a day
- You don’t pay us any $ unless we win your case
- Daniel is a compassionate attorney and it shows
Common Causes Of Bike Accidents In Fullerton
When a bicyclist is in an accident in Fullerton often it is the automobile driver which is to blame and serious injuries can be the result.
If a cyclist is injured with a motor vehicle and is not at fault, he is entitled to collect damages to cover lost wages, hospital bills and other costs that are caused by the accident.
There are times when the bicyclist themselves are at fault in an accident, but no matter whose fault it is, anytime a car hits a bike rider it’s a bad situation.
The bicyclist is obviously much more at risk of injury and dealing with insurance companies can be complicated.
It is important to seek medical attention and contact the law offices of Daniel Kim to help with you legal needs.
Below is a list of common reasons for a bike accident in Fullerton:
- Distraction with phone (talking, texting, GPS etc.)
- Not paying attention (daydreaming, eating, listening to music)
- Speeding (driving too fast)
- Opening car door (drivers who open their car door without looking)
- Running a red light (dangerous for everyone)
- DUI (drivers on drugs or alcohol, slower reaction time)
- Aggressive behavior (cutting in and out of lanes)
- Construction zone (can cause confusion to cyclists and drivers)
- Street intersections (most likely place for an accident to occur)
- Inexperienced drivers (not necessarily aware of all the rules)
- Potholes (can cause bicyclists to swerve or lose control of bike)
- Tire blowout (can cause loss control of bike or vehicle)
- Lights (so important to have working lights at night)
- Bicyclists’ right of way (drivers put cyclists in danger when this happens)
Common Injuries From a Bike Accident
The last thing any bicyclist wants to deal with is getting injured, but it does happen all the time in Fullerton.
There are plenty of things you can do to stay safe, but sometimes accidents happen.
Fullerton has a happening downtown area and lots of bike paths that people enjoy on a daily basis, but if you do get injured you’ll want to contact Daniel Kim today for a FREE consultation.
There are many factors that play a part in how bad an injury ends up being.
Things like were you wearing a helmet, how fast was the car going, were you wearing other protective clothing, etc.
Normally the bicyclist will get the worst of any accident or collision, and we have listed some of the common injuries we see with our clients.
Broken arms or legs
Cuts and bruise
Facial and dental
How Bicycle Riders Can Be Safe and Avoid Accidents in Fullerton
No matter how many safeguards a bicyclist takes, they will always be at risk while travelling on the road with automobiles in Fullerton.
Bicyclists can protect themselves by taking some of these steps below to avoid an accident and serious injuries.
Obeying traffic laws – This applies to everyone on the road. Understanding the rules of the road will make a big difference in the safety of the bicyclist.
Don’t ride on wrong side of street– Sometimes it may seem harmless but make sure you are always travelling in the same direction as the cars are moving.
Using front and rear lights on your bicycle – It is actually against the law to ride around without lights and reflectors on your bike, but more importantly it’s very unsafe.
Don’t ride so close to vehicles – Of course it’s common sense for bicycle riders to keep a safe distance from cars sharing the road. Just being aware of the automobiles around you can help avoid an accident.
Beware of poor road designs – When cities are planning, but have not yet executed the changes to infrastructure, the bicycle lanes and proper safety support for cyclists can be lacking. This can be extremely dangerous for those on the streets.
Equip your bike with reflectors and mirrors – All of these items can save lives by allowing drivers to see cyclists easier. Mirrors are also important for lane changing. Reflectors are invaluable for night riders.
Wearing a helmet and other protective gear – Concussions, contusions and open head wounds are common injuries when you don’t wear a helmet. Protection of eyes and other body parts with proper clothing, guards and padding can also be useful.
Use hand signals – when you are making turns or changing direction you always want to use hand signals. Some inexperienced drivers and riders are often unaware of what these signals are which can lead to more dangerous situations than necessary.
Fullerton Bicycle Accident Stats
Because of the beautiful Southern California weather that Fullerton enjoys all year round, there are plenty of people that ride their bicycles for fun throughout the week.
And there are many residents who choose to use their bicycles as their main commuter vehicle throughout the city.
This means that there are a decent amount bicycles on the road at all times, which is why there are (from time to time) bicycle accidents in Fullerton.
Thankfully though, Fullerton is one of the safer cities in Southern California when it comes to these kinds of incidents.
Less than two accidents per 1000 people living in the city were reported in 2017.
Injuries And Deaths From Bike Accidents In Fullerton 2017
The amount of injuries stemming from bicycle accidents in Fullerton are pretty consistent with the statewide average, which is to be expected when you’re talking about bicyclists being hit by automobiles.
97% of all bicycle accidents have at least one injury reported, though luckily there were no fatalities for bicycle accidents reported in 2017 in Fullerton.
What % Of These Bike Accident Involved Drugs Or Alcohol
According to the California Highway Patrol, 11% of all motor vehicle accidents – including those that involve cyclists – are later found to have been caused at least in part by motorists operating their vehicle while under the influence of some type of drug.
On top of that, driving while under the influence of alcohol remains a major struggle for the state of California.
DUI arrests and charge rates are up more than 30% over the last five years stretch of time.
Dangerous Intersections In Fullerton For Bicycle Accidents
Plenty of intersections in Fullerton are perfectly safe for cyclists to enjoy, but there are definitely some more dangerous intersections that cyclists are going to want to do their best to avoid as much as possible.
If you are going to be traveling via bicycle near any of these intersections it’s a good idea to be slow, cautious, and deliberate while you move through the area.
- Chapman Ave; Commonwealth Ave
- Harbor Blvd; Chapman Ave
- Lemon St; Orangethorpe Ave
% Of Bike Accidents Involved A Distracted Driver
Distracted driving is another big issue for the state of California.
80% of all accidents (including bicycle accidents) are found to have been caused by at least some form of distracted driving or inattention.
75% of all motorists report that they use their phone even while they are driving, though they know it’s against the law and highly dangerous to do so.