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Bike accidents: Crash statistics and proposed solutions

Bike accidents: Crash statistics and proposed solutions

A lot of debate is circulating about the best way to integrate bicycles into traffic flow in Los Angeles and communities across the country. Some places favor adding bike lanes or paths adjacent to or built into regular car and truck travel lanes. In other locations, solutions to prevent bike accidents include segregating motorists and bicyclists by using physical barriers and even entirely different paths.

No matter whether opinions of California bike riders, drivers, traffic planners and lawmakers are shared or different, none of these groups can ignore statistics showing more bicyclists than ever before are injured and killed on U.S. roads.

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Police: California man tried to hide bike accident damage

 Police: California man tried to hide bike accident damage

Los Angeles recorded over 18,000 hit-and-run collisions in 2011, claiming three dozen lives. KCRW reported 72 percent of victims who died were pedestrians or bicyclists. In the past, many hit-and-run drivers escaped criminal and civil penalties, but advanced tracking methods – aided by the prevalence of photo-ready cellphones among witnesses -- have allowed law enforcement agencies to step up their game.

Santa Cruz police spent more than a month investigating a fatal bicycle accident that occurred the day after Christmas. Authorities knew the crash that killed a 63-year-old bike rider was caused by a white pickup truck, but it took time to narrow the field. A 41-year-old man recently was arrested for causing the fatality, after surrendering to police.

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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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Car veering away from Los Angeles crash strikes, kills biker

Car veering away from Los Angeles crash strikes, kills biker

Awareness of surroundings is vital for Los Angeles cyclists. When you ride in the city, you're a few feet or a few inches away from much bigger and heavier motorized vehicles that can do more damage to you than you can do to them. Skills and experience increase chances a bicyclist will avoid a bike injury, but there's no way to know whether drivers are as safety conscious as you.

Accident investigators in the Valley Traffic Division of the Los Angeles Police Department said a female bicyclist was struck on a Canoga Park sidewalk. The fatality was the result of a collision between two cars, in which one vehicle veered away toward the sidewalk following impact. Authorities stated the victim was in her 40's.

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No charges against California teen driver who fled bike accident

 No charges against California teen driver who fled bike accident

Criminal charges aren't filed following some Los Angeles motor vehicle accidents, because investigators cannot produce evidence a driver broke the law. It's not uncommon to read a driver was cited for a traffic infraction but not charged with a crime, even after a crash involving serious injuries or a fatality. Civil courts assess accident claims differently, basing decisions on proof of negligence.

A 19-year-old Laguna Beach man was taken into custody, questioned and released. The unidentified teen was not cited or charged, although police stated the driver left the scene in a Toyota Prius after being involved in a bicycle accident. Reports didn't say whether police were considering charges following the completion of the investigation.

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Driver sentenced after killing California cross-country biker

Driver sentenced after killing California cross-country biker

Can a punishment for a defendant's irreversible act of carelessness ever satisfy a family who's lost a loved one? Courts can force a Los Angeles lawbreaker to do time in prison or pay compensation to a victim's survivors. These verdicts provide some solace for family members, who accept substitutes for a loss that cannot be replaced.

A California record studio owner sold his business and embarked on a cross-country bicycle trip in 2012. The 30-year-old man was riding through a business loop in an East Coast state with a friend, when the bicyclist was hit by a pickup truck traveling 55 mph. The helmetless rider was thrown over 100 feet and suffered critical injuries, which 10 days later proved to be fatal.

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