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SoCal Bicycle Accidents a May Focus

December 31, 1969

What has two wheels, improves mobility and air quality, reduces traffic congestion and parking demand, saves energy, and promotes healthy living through enjoyable exercise?

Sound too good to be true? Planners, engineers, policymakers, and cyclists recognize these as benefits of bicycle commuting.
We've been talking about the importance of safe bicycling habits and the importance of motorists' attention on these vulnerable travelers. According to the Caltrans Division of Local Assistance, May is Bike Month 2013 and it's going to provide Californians and visitors with the perfect opportunity to give Active Transportation a try. But if you're new to two wheels, make sure you get to know the routine before heading out. You've got to be one step ahead of the traffic behind you, otherwise you'll find yourself at the mercy of someone's irresponsible driving habits.

The truth of the matter is that many times, bicycling just makes more sense than hopping in your car to get to where you've got to go. A little scared or intimidated? Don't know if biking is for you? Our Costa Mesa bicycle accident lawyers encourage you to participate in any of the bicycling events in the state for awareness month:

-May 1st is May is Bike Month Kick-off.

-May 8th is Bike to School Day.

-May 9th is Capitol Bike Fest. This event is held on the West Steps of the State Capitol.

-May 17th is National Bike to Work Day.

-Each and Every Day is please obey all laws and ride safely.

It's important for everyone to remember that bicycles on the roadway are, by law, vehicles with the same rights, and responsibilities as motorized vehicles. Not everyone thinks this way though. Unfortunately, our two-wheeled friends are oftentimes overlooked and completely disregarded. And that's why there are so many accidents. We need to remember that these travelers have rights too, and we've got to respect those rights as drivers.

According to recently-released statistics from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), there were close to 700 bicyclists killed in the U.S. in 2011. Unfortunately, that's a 10 percent increase from the number of bicyclist fatalities recorded the previous year. It's now more important than ever that we shine light on this deadly epidemic.

In addition to the hundreds who were killed in bicycling accidents in 2011, there were another 50,000 bicyclists who were injured in motor vehicle accidents throughout the year. Unfortunately, California ranked one of the most dangerous states in the country for these kinds of accidents. In 2011, we saw more than 110 bicyclists killed in the state. We ranked as the second most dangerous state in the country -- behind Florida.

We're asking you to stay safe out there. Don't rely on the safe habits of drivers to do it for you. Travel alertly, travel cautiously and travel safely.

If your or a loved one has been injured in an accident, contact HOWARD LAW P.C. to schedule a free and confidential consultation to discuss your case. Call (800) 872-5925 today!

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