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Preventing Orange County Bicycle-Car Accidents

This week kicks off the Bicycle Safety Enforcement Operation, a cooperative effort between police in Huntington Beach, Newport Beach, Costa Mesa and Laguna Beach to educate drivers and bicyclists about the traffic violations that cause fatal Orange County bicycle accidents.
 
Newport Chief of Police Jay Johnson believes that the majority Orange County bicycle deaths are preventable if both drivers and cyclists follow the rules of the road.  He listed the California statutes that he believes can prevent the majority bicycle car accidents if they are followed by both bicyclists and drivers. 
 
Bicyclists should be sure to follow these laws:
 
• Bicycle must be operated on a roadway or the shoulder of the highway in the same direction as the flow of traffic. 21650.1
• Failure to stop at Stop Signs. 22450(a)
• Failure to stop at Stop Lights. 21453(a)
• Yield the right of way to all traffic. 21804
 
Motorist should always follow these laws:
 
• Failure to yield when turning left. 21801(a
• Unsafe turning movement. 22107
• Failure to stop at red light. 21453(a)
• Failure to yield to others lawfully in intersection. 21451(b)
 
The Bicycle Safety Enforcement Operation will take place on Saturday, February 19 and on Thursday, February 24, 2011.  On these days, extra police officers from will be on duty in areas frequented by both bicyclists and motor vehicles and will be citing both bicyclists and motor vehicle drivers for the listed traffic violations.
 
Car-bicycle accidents are especially dangerous for bicyclists.  It is rare for a bicyclist to survive being hit by a car without sustaining serious injuries such as spinal cord trauma or traumatic brain injury.  For this reason, drivers have a special duty of care when bicyclists are sharing the road.
 
The Newport Beach bicycle accident injury lawyers at Allen, Flatt, Ballidis and Leslie represent victims of Orange County bicycle-car crashes.  If you or a loved one has been seriously injured or killed in a bicycle-motor vehicle crash, we’d like to help you get the fair insurance compensation you deserve.  To learn more, contact Allen, Flatt, Ballidis and Leslie at 866-981-5596.
 
Bicyclists and other athletes have special concerns and needs after an accident. Learn more; request our free book: “Athletes and Accidents. 9 Pitfalls That Can Delay Your Recovery.”

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