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Bicycle Accident Lawyers Serving in Long Beach

What rights do cyclists have?

There are many rights afforded to cyclists but below are some of the most common ones however it should be noted that each Long Beach bicycle accident case is different and the best option for someone involved in a bicycle accident is to contact our Long Beach bicycle accident attorney directly.

The most important law governing cyclists on the road is California Vehicle Code 21200. This section of California Vehicle Code will layout most of the applicable rules for operating your bicycle on California roads.

Using the bicycle lane. On a roadway with a bike lane, bicyclists traveling slower than traffic must use the bike lane except when making a left turn, passing, avoiding hazardous conditions, or approaching a place where a right turn is authorized. California Vehicle Code 21208. In the event that an accident occurs in the bicycle lane, it will be important o collect as much information and witness statements to establish who is liable. The location of vehicles within a bicycle lane is often disputed by insurance companies.

Roadway: Bicyclists can ride wherever they want if they’re traveling at the speed of traffic. If traveling slower than the speed of traffic, they can still position themselves wherever in the lane is necessary for safety. The law says that people who ride bikes must ride as close to the right side of the road as safely practicable except under the following conditions: when passing, preparing for a left turn, avoiding hazards, if the lane is too narrow to share, or if approaching a place where a right turn is authorized California Vehicle Code 21202

Bicycle lanes: On a roadway with a bike lane, bicyclists traveling slower than traffic must use the bike lane except when making a left turn, passing, avoiding hazardous conditions, or approaching a place where a right turn is authorized. California Vehicle Code 21208

Riding with traffic. When riding your bike must travel on the right side of the roadway in the direction of traffic. There are however exceptions such as when you are passing, making a legal left turn, riding on a one-way street, riding on a road that is too narrow, or when the right side of the road is closed due to road construction. CVC 21650

Scooters: With increasing popularity, many people are now starting to rent electric scooters to get around town. Companies such as Bird, GOAT, Lyft, and possibly UBER are all companies looking to join the trend renting electronic scooters. A motorized scooter is a two-wheeled device that has handlebars, a floorboard designed to be stood upon when riding, and is powered by a motor. Click here for more information CVC §407.5 Motorized scooter does NOT have to be registered. A motorized scooter may be driven with any class driver license.

  • California Vehicle Code §21224 – Not Defined as a Motor Vehicle
  • Motorized scooters do not require registration; additionally, no insurance is required and license plates do not have to be displayed.
  • California Vehicle Code §21221 – Operation of Motorized Scooters
    • Every person operating a motorized scooter on a highway receives all the rights of and is subject to the same provisions applicable to any other driver of a vehicle.
    • These provisions include, but are not limited to, driving under the influence of alcoholic beverages or drugs.
  • Scooters in Bicycle lanes
    • Whenever a class II bicycle lane has been established on a roadway, any person operating a motorized scooter upon the roadway shall ride within the bicycle lane, except that the person may move out of the lane under any of the following situations:
      • When overtaking and passing another vehicle or pedestrian within the lane or when about to enter the lane if the overtaking and passing cannot be done safely within the lane.
      • When preparing for a left turn, the operator shall stop and dismount as close as practicable to the right-hand curb or right edge of the roadway and complete the turn by crossing the roadway on foot, subject to the restrictions placed on pedestrians in Chapter 5 (commencing with Section 21950).
      • When reasonably necessary to leave the bicycle lane to avoid debris or other hazardous conditions.
      • When approaching a place where a right turn is authorized.
    • No person operating a motorized scooter shall leave a bicycle lane until the movement can be made with reasonable safety and then only after giving an appropriate signal in the manner provided in Chapter 6 (commencing with Section 22100) in the event that any vehicle may be affected by the movement.
  • If you have been injured by an electronic scooter, contact our Bicycle Accident Attorney Long Beach office so we may walk you down all the options afforded to you.

What are the common causes of bicycle accidents in California?

Crashes are caused by distracted bicyclists, speeding vehicles, driving too close to the bicycle, dooring which is when someone any part car opens their car door or, crossing intersections

Why does a person need an experienced long beach bicycle accident attorney?

The rules and laws for bicyclists are complex and require not just an understanding of the code, but also how to apply specific facts of an accident.

Why Choose Long Beach Bicycle Accident Attorneys at Eldessouky Law?

By choosing our Long Beach Bicycle Accident Attorney firm to assist you in a bicycle accident you’ll have a team of attorneys who are familiar with the California vehicle code and the various codes that protects you as a cyclist.

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