Bicycle Accidents & Victims' Rights
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There are particular rules that govern and protect bicyclists in the state of the California. The California Vehicle Code states that all cyclists have the same rights and responsibilities as vehicle drivers. The California Vehicle Code section 21202 clearly defines laws for cyclists on the road. The biggest hazard for anyone traveling by bike is a collision with a car. If you are going to be struck by a car while on your bicycle, it is most likely to happen within an intersection. Intersections are dangerous because drivers often have minimal visibility when turning and most drivers do not adhere to sharing the road with cyclists.
Although a car is the biggest threat to anyone traveling by bike, only about 11% of accidents involving bikes are actually collisions with cars. Other accidents that cyclists are prone to are road conditions, single rider accidents and improper signage. If the road is not maintained properly by governmental agencies or signs are placed clearly defining bike lanes and paths, cyclists may be put at risk of injury.