All bicyclists know that enjoying a bike ride on the roads in Irvine can be a dangerous situation.
Just being aware of your surroundings and riding safe can greatly lower the odds of being hit by a car.
In other words ride smart, follow the bike laws, respect cars, and don’t ride your bike while being distracted (texting, etc.).
We have published this article to alert our readers to the dangers of riding a bicycle in and around Irvine.
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- We help guide you with medical treatment and recovery
- We maximize the value of your bike case to get max compensation
How Much Compensation Will I Get For My Bike Accident?
Normally the value of a bicycle accident claim will vary because there are so many factors that play into determining a settlement payout amount.
You can recover the value of your financial loss plus compensation also for your pain and suffering.
Even when your medical diagnosis is unclear, our Irvine bike lawyers can work with expert doctors to determine your future medical expenses and needs.
In the end, the amount you can claim for physical pain and emotional suffering will depend on the severity of your injuries.
These factors will help determine the value of your case-
- Severity of your injuries
- The costs for medical treatment now and in future
- Did your injuries make you miss work and lose income
- Did injuries cause any long term or permanent disabilities
- The amount of physical and/or emotional suffering you endured
Common Causes Of Bike Accidents In Irvine
Bicycle accidents in our cities have become increasingly problematic. Driver error on the bicyclist is most often to blame in these types of situations.
Nowadays people driving on our roads are so distracted and often in a hurry.
They don’t pay attention to other cars or bicycle riders who are sharing the road.
Anytime a car hits a bike rider it’s a bad situation no matter whose fault it is.
Bicycle accidents can have a wide range of damage and injury. The bicyclist is usually the most injured in these instances.
Below is a list of common reasons for a bike accident in Irvine:
- Distracted drivers (talking on phone, texting, emailing)
- DUI, DWI intoxicated drivers (drugs and alcohol)
- Drivers who violate bicyclists’ right of way
- Drivers who open their car door without looking
- Bicyclists wearing earplugs listening to music while driving
- Speeding cars driving carelessly
- Drivers who don’t know the rules of the road
- Poorly marked or designed bike paths and bike lanes
- Defective bicycle parts
- Roadway defects like potholes, broken traffic signals or streetlights
- Bicyclists not having proper lights during night riding
- Bicyclists not using hand signals when turning
Common Injuries From a Bicycle Accident
Bicyclists in Irvine have almost no protection other than a helmet and gloves and shoes.
That is the big risk about riding a bicycle is that if you do get hit by a car the injuries can be bad.
Below is a list of injuries that our injured bike accident victims suffer most often after being hit by a car.
- Broken bones
- Brain injury
- Fractured clavicle
- Hand fracture
- Elbow fracture
- Head and neck injuries
- Nerve damage
- Joint dislocation
- Dental and jaw, facial injuries
How Bicycle Riders Can Be Safe and Avoid Accidents in Irvine
Riding a bike is great way to stay healthy and can also be a lot of fun.
The fact is, that in Irvine bicyclists are often sharing the roads with automobiles thus increasing the risk for accidents no matter how careful a person is.
But there are steps that bicycle riders in Irvine can take to avoid an accident and serious injuries.
Check Your Equipment – Before riding, inflate all tires to correct pressure and properly check your brakes.
Wearing a helmet – Protect your brain. A helmet is the bicyclists first line of defense and a crucial part of protection. By just simply taking the time to put on a helmet can save your life or at least help avoid serious injuries.
Keep a safe distance from motor 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.
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.
Control your bicycle – Always keep at least one hand on the handlebars. When carrying items while riding use a backpack or bicycle carrier.
Be respectful while riding a bike – This is just simple things like don’t run red lights, don’t run stop signs, and don’t cut off cars intentionally or ride aggressively.
Wear protective clothing if possible – It is also a good idea to wear gloves, any type of shoulder pads or protective back gear, and eye protection to make sure you have clear vision in any weather.
Ride in same direction as traffic – Don’t ride head on into traffic. Be sure to travel in the same direction the cars as moving.
Equip your bike with mirrors – mirrors help a lot with making safe lane changes.
Use hand signals – when you are making turns or changing direction you always want to use hand signals.
Bike Accidents In Irvine In 2017
Believe it or not, cyclists living in Irvine (as well as throughout the rest of Orange County) actually have a 10% higher chance of being involved in an automotive accident when compared directly to motorcycles.
And while Newport Beach is far and away the most dangerous city for cyclists, Irvine is right up there with just over 2.7 bike accidents per 1000 people living in the city reported in 2017.
Deaths From Bike Accidents In Irvine In 2017
While bike accidents that occur in Irvine almost always involve injury, thankfully none in 2017 were linked to directly to a fatality.
This is great news, considering the fact that we are talking about an automobile striking a bicycle – a situation that is always filled with risk and danger.
Injuries From Bike Accidents In Irvine
Injuries are another story however.
Nearly every single accident involving a bicycle and a car is going to involve some sort of injury, and in Irvine this rate was just about 90%.
Nine times out of ten you were going to have someone injured as a result of an automobile striking someone on a bicycle.
Tested Positive For Drugs Or Alcohol In These Accidents
The amount of people found to have tested positive for drugs or alcohol in their system during these kinds of accidents is right in line with the statewide average.
32% of drivers involved in bicycle automobile accidents have been found to have been using drugs, and the amount of people consuming alcohol and getting involved in these accidents is up 36.8% over the last eight years stretch of time.
Bike Accidents Involved A Distracted Driver
Distracted driving is almost always a factor when it comes to bicycle related automobile accidents, with 80% of every accident in the state of California found to be linked to some sort of driver distraction or inattention.
A lot of the time people use their cell phones while driving even though they know that they shouldn’t be (and that it is against the law), and 40% of California drivers report that they are regularly distracted by their mobile devices while they are behind the wheel.
Dangerous Intersections In Orange County For Accidents
Orange County has some pretty dangerous roads for cyclists when it comes to automobile accidents, but none are quite as dangerous as the intersections of Harbor Blvd & La Palma Ave, Yorktown Ave & Magnolia St, and Harbor Blvd & Lincoln Ave.
These are easily the most dangerous intersections in all of Orange County, with more than 140 accidents between them reported during 2017.