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Understanding Bicycle Accident Liability: Who’s at Fault?

By Eugene Bruno on February 20, 2024

With the increasing popularity of cycling as a mode of transportation and recreation, it’s essential to understand the legal issues associated with bicycle accident liability. As more cyclists share the road with motorists and pedestrians, knowing who is responsible in the event of an accident is an issue that can arise when resolving legal disputes.

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What to Do About E-Bikes

By Eugene Bruno on August 2, 2023

Encinitas, California recently declared a state of emergency due to a tragic rise in e-bike crashes after the deaths of 15-year-old Brodee Champlain-Kingman in June and 35-year-old Christine Hawk-Embree last August. Brodee was riding an e-bike on South El Camino Real when he was struck by a commercial van. Christine was riding an e-bike home from the park with her 16-month-old daughter, Delilah, when a Toyota 4-Runner struck them. Delilah, who was strapped into a safety seat and wearing a helmet, was miraculously not hurt.

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Knowing California’s Bike Laws

By Eugene Bruno on June 1, 2023

Bicycling is popular all over California, year-round in some areas. Whether you’re a serious bike commuter or a weekend cruiser, knowing California’s bike laws could keep you safer on the roads. California has improved legal protections for bikers, but the best protection for any biker is to be aware of your surroundings, and also be aware of the law.

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May is Bicycle Safety Month

By Eugene Bruno on May 5, 2021

Bicyclists may be commuting to work, riding for exercise, training for charity rides or just out to enjoy the day. Even wearing safety gear, bicyclists are not well protected in the event of a crash and much more likely to be seriously injured. Remember, bicyclists are our parents, friends, and neighbors with loved ones who are counting on them to return home safely. By following these safety tips, bicyclists and drivers can work together to help keep our roads safe for bicyclists.

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Bicycle Safety is for Everyone

By Aline Miranda on September 22, 2018

Whether we drive cars or motorcycles, bike, or walk, the road belongs to everyone and everyone has a part to play to ensure safety on the road. Regardless of your mode of transportation, we have a duty to know and follow the law.

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Bicycling Safety: The San Diego Century is Coming Up!

By Aline Miranda on February 12, 2018

A bicyclist was killed at this weekend’s Tour de Palm Springs, but event organizers have called it a fluke and say there is no need to overhaul safety measures to protect bicyclists. According to The Desert Sun, Saturday’s death was caused by a 21-year-old driver suspected of going 100 mph on a stretch of roadway with a 50 mph speed limit. Outside of another fatality three years ago, the annual ride – which stretches 100 miles through the Coachella Valley – has had few problems in its 20-year history.

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Three Feet Please – New Bike Safety Law in Effect 9/16/14

By Aline Miranda on September 17, 2014

California’s newest bicycle safety act, called the Three Feet for Safety Act, took effect on Sept. 16, 2014. The law requires that drivers passing a bicycle that is traveling in the same direction maintain at least 3 feet of distance between any part of the vehicle and any part of the bicycle or rider. When 3 feet is not possible, the driver is required to slow to a “reasonable and prudent speed” and pass only if there’s no danger to the bicyclist. Violations can result in a fine, regardless of whether a collision or injury to the bicyclist results.

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San Diego Approves Bicycle Plan

By Aline Miranda on December 31, 2013

On December 9, 2013, the San Diego City Council unanimously approved the San Diego Bicycle Master Plan Update, which will add 595 miles of bikeways designed to connect the city, to create bike corridors to encourage biking to work or school, and to make biking a more mainstream mode of transportation.

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