The City of Glendale has been proactive in attempting to integrate bicycles into its overall transportation plan. It’s constantly improving the existing bicycle infrastructure along with its policies and ordinances for purposes of confronting the transportation challenges that confront the city. Bicycle safety is one of the primary considerations of that plan. Glendale has three types of bicycle routes:
- Type 1 Path: These are for bike paths on a paved right-of-way that is completely separated from vehicular traffic.
- Type 2 Lane: On these, there is a striped lane for one-way travel on a roadway.
- Type 3 Lane: These are bike routes that offer shared use with pedestrians or motor vehicles.
Common Types of Bicycle Accidents in Glendale
Whatever the cause of a bicycle accident might be, there is almost always a fall caused by it. Here are some common types of bicycle accidents in and around Glendale:
- Collisions at Intersections Without Traffic Controls: If there are no stop signs or traffic lights at an intersection, and a bicycle and a motor vehicle approach at the same time, whoever gets there first has the right-of-way.
- Collisions with Stop Lights: If you’re stopped for a red light, and your light turns green, you have the right-of-way.
- Left Turn Accidents: These crashes occur when you have the right-of-way through an intersection, but a motor vehicle turns left in front of you and causes a collision.
- Right Turn Accidents: These crashes occur when the bicyclist is on the right side of the road, and a motorist makes a right turn and hits a bicyclist who is going straight ahead.
- Getting Doored: Dooring accidents occur when a motorist or passenger wants to exit a vehicle and opens their door directly in front of an oncoming bicyclist.
- Sideswipes: A motorist might impact a bicycle when changing lanes or by simply coming too close and pushing the bicyclist off of the road.
Common Bicycle Accident Injuries
Unlike passenger cars or other vehicles, bicycles don’t have elaborate safety features like airbags or seat belts. In fact, bicyclists are open and vulnerable to serious injuries or even death. Here are some common bicycle accident injuries:
- Traumatic brain and spinal cord injuries, both of which can have permanent debilitating effects.
- Multiple fractures, especially to the lower half of the body.
- Fractured ribs and damage to vital organs.
- Dislocations, displaced vertebrae, bulging or herniated spinal discs.
- Joint dislocations with damage to ligaments, tendons and muscles.
- Lacerations and contusions with a high risk of infection.
Don’t Take the Fall for Your Bicycle Accident Claim
After being injured in a bicycle accident that was caused by a careless and negligent driver, call 911 right away and ask that police and paramedics come to the scene. Police can investigate the crash, interview any witnesses and make a report on the crash. Paramedics can attend to you and take you to an emergency room where you can be examined and treated.
Don’t talk with the opposing insurer. Its representative will only try to paint you into a corner with questions that would never be permitted in court.
Talk with us at Maison Law instead. Contact for a free and confidential consultation and case review as soon as you can. We promise to listen to you carefully and answer your questions. After that, you’ll be advised on all of your legal options. If we’re retained to represent you, our goal will be to obtain the best settlement or award that you might receive. Don’t talk with that opposing insurer. Contact Maison law as soon as you can after any bicycle accident in or around Glendale.