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is your child street smart about bike safety?

 is your child street smart about bike safety?

California kids love to ride their bicycles, but parents must ensure that their offspring have the skill levels required for riding amidst traffic. Below are some tips for parents to give their kids a safer bike riding experience.

-- Your children's bikes should fit their size, and adjustments should be made after growth spurts.

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Undercounted bike accidents don't deter California claims

Undercounted bike accidents don't deter California claims

No one really knows how many people ride bicycles in Los Angeles. We have no system locally, statewide or nationally to track the numbers, patterns or habits of bicyclists. It is not clear how many bike accidents go unrecorded.

National and state statistics reflect recorded accidents, not collisions dismissed by police. Research suggests bike crash statistics represent as few as 10 percent of the true number of accidents. So, let's look at the figures we do have.

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What don’t we know about California bicycle accidents?

 What don’t we know about California bicycle accidents?

It's safe to say that a lot of people ride bicycles in Los Angeles for exercise, recreation and even as their primary mode of transportation. However, statistics can't tell us how many people ride here or anywhere else in the country or where bicyclists go. The information available to authorities and the public is largely based upon reports of bicycle accidents, injuries and deaths.

We know that bicycling makes up just one percent of our preferred modes of transportation in the U.S. What's disturbing to learn is that bike crashes total two percent of all traffic fatalities nationwide. Each day, an average of two bike riders die in accidents.

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New victims: Male adults and fatal California bike accidents

New victims: Male adults and fatal California bike accidents

Far fewer U.S. bike riders are dying in traffic collisions today than they were in 1975. While that's positive news for Los Angeles bicyclists, there's no concrete explanation why the number of people killed in bike accidents has taken a disturbing upward swing over the last few years. In the 1970s, children were the most likely victims of fatal bike crashes – now the most vulnerable group is adult males.

Researchers believe the spike in nationwide bike fatalities – a colossal 16 percent increase between 2010 and 2012 – may be related to a surge in adults commuting by bicycle. It's hard to tell for certain, because police records aren't as detailed about bike crashes as they are about motor vehicle accidents. What's also missing is a tally of riders – no one really knows how many bicyclists are out there.

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California trucker was unaware he hit, killed bicycling teen

 California trucker was unaware he hit, killed bicycling teen

Drivers have an obligation to pay attention to other roads users and changes in traffic. While that seems like a simple duty, accidents claims are built upon Los Angeles drivers who act carelessly.

The driver of a semi-truck had no idea he caused a recent, fatal bicycle accident. The trucker was stopped by people who saw the tractor-trailer strike and kill a teen. The sophomore was on his way to school, wearing a protective helmet and riding in a designated bike lane.

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Can California kids be sued for causing bicycle accidents?

Can California kids be sued for causing bicycle accidents?

Minor children old enough to drive are held to the same safety standards as other drivers. The penalties teen drivers face may be different than adult punishments. But, what about child liability for bicycle accidents?

Children of any age with bike-riding abilities may be in traffic. Unfortunately, the victims of auto-bike crashes are often children. Kids aren't old enough or mature enough to take on adult responsibilities, so you may be wondering whether Los Angeles drivers assume automatic fault in accidents involving child bicyclists.

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4 bicyclists hurt in AIDS charity ride bound for Los Angeles

4 bicyclists hurt in AIDS charity ride bound for Los Angeles

California residents have great reasons to ride bicycles other than our great weather. Riding a bike is an inexpensive way to get from place to place, friendly to the environment and good for your health. Bicyclists sometimes ride together to benefit others, like thousands of riders who take part annually in the AIDS/LifeCycle ride.

Over 2,300 riders set off from San Francisco this year on the way to Los Angeles on a 545-mile, week-long ride. The challenging trek draws participants from all over the world to raise millions of dollars for AIDS research. Riders were headed along Highway 1 not far from Moss Landing when four bicyclists were struck.

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Panel awards paralyzed California bicyclist $15.5 million

 Panel awards paralyzed California bicyclist $15.5 million

Anyone who lives in California understands why people like to ride bikes here. The state is picturesque and much of it hugs the Pacific Ocean. Unfortunately, some negligent parties don't abide by laws that give bicyclists the road rights they're entitled to have.

Bicyclists can sustain some extremely serious injuries, despite taking all precautions to avoid accidents. Bike riders make up less than 1 percent of all road users but have a disproportionately high risk of getting hurt. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, about 515,000 cyclists visited U.S. emergency rooms in 2010 and nearly 800 people were killed in bike accidents.

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Sleeping California driver strikes and kills rider in bike lane

Sleeping California driver strikes and kills rider in bike lane

Truck driver fatigue is a common issue among commercial vehicle operators, but tiredness can affect any driver. Driver alertness is compromised when you rush out the door half-awake or drive home after a long work day. Sometimes fatigue is linked to a health issue or intoxication. An inattentive driver is a dangerous one for other motorists, bike riders and pedestrians.

Police in Santa Cruz said a driver who fell asleep was responsible for a bicycle accident that cost the rider his life. Witnesses told the California Highway Patrol the driver appeared to be texting before the fatal bike crash. Troopers later learned the 63-year-old driver operator was asleep when his car crossed over into an oncoming traffic lane.

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