Salt Lake City, Park City and surrounding areas are popular places to bike, both as exercise and leisure activities. Many parents of young children choose to continue biking – and must therefore make a choice about involving their children. Some parents will choose to leave their young children with baby sitters while they cycle. This may not always be an option, and many parents want to include their toddlers while biking. In this situation, there are two options: the bike trailer or the bike seat.
The Desert News is reporting the for the first time in 15 years, the number of traffic fatalities in Utah has risen for the third year in a row. Last year, 275 people died on Utah roads. Officials say as many as 94 % of those deaths were preventable. We all share the same roadway, and we need to find a way to do it safely protecting not just those in vehicles, but pedestrians and bicyclists.
Some dogs are attracted to moving bikes, shiny spokes, spinning wheels, tires and chains. The question is this: If a dog runs after you while you are riding your bike, what is the best way to handle it? Having a dog or several dogs charging at you can be a very frightening experience. I know from experience how this feels, as it has happened to me on a few occasions. It is never a good idea to attempt to get away from a running dog. Dogs are hunters by nature and have an amazing ability to pick the right angle to catch you as you are riding. You are more likely to crash and then be confronted with an angry dog, not a good combination. You should safely come to a stop and put your bike between the dog and you. If you happen to carry around dog treats for occasions such as this, it would be a good time to throw one far away from you.
Despite the fact that an estimated 80% of all bike accidents can be avoided, approximately 100 bicycle deaths are reported annually in Utah, California and Idaho.. When a bicycle accident occurs, make sure your rights are protected and you receive adequate compensation for your injuries including medical costs, loss of earnings, loss of earning potential and other damages including your bike. It is in your best interest to be represented by an attorney who has a successful record of winning cycling cases for his clients. It is also important to be represented by a lawyer who is thoroughly familiar with the laws that govern your case which include bicycle law, tort law, civil procedure and evidence.
Is it ever legal to ride a bike on a sidewalk? We have all done it. All of us who have kids have seen or encouraged them to do it. But is it legal? The short answer is yes and no depending on how old you are, and where you are doing it.
Most people know (and surprisingly many still don’t) that as cyclists we have to obey the same traffic laws as motor vehicle drivers. In most states cyclists can get speeding tickets for breaking the speed limit. It’s not uncommon for cyclists to get stopped and ticketed for running red lights, or stop signs. The same traffic rules always apply to cyclists with some modifications or additions depending on where your age and where you live.
Have you or a loved one been involved in a car, truck or pedestrian accident recently? Do you want to take action but are unsure of what or how to do it? Here are the answers to a few questions our new clients ask frequently:
Will I ruin the life of the person who hit me if I make a claim?
NO! You are making a claim AGAINST THEIR INSURANCE COMPANY, not the individual. The premiums they have been paying all these years protect them and pay for your damages and injuries. The same would be true if you caused an accident. YOUR INSURANCE COMPANY WILL PROTECT YOU!
News reports indicated that a Salt Lake City bicyclist had been stuck by a teen driver who was texting on his phone while in the Canyons on a winding road. The bicyclist was severely injured when the teen veered into the bicyclist as he lost control on a curve in the road. These accidents are all to frequent where drivers are distracted whether it’s talking on the phone, texting, eating in the car etc.
If you or a loved one has been injured in a Salt Lake City bicycle accident, it is important to consult with a dedicated Utah personal injury attorney right away. An experienced accident attorney can work with you to determine all of factors that may have led to a particular accident and help you recover the compensation you deserve.