According to most state laws, bicycles are considered vehicles, which means they have the same rights and responsibilities as other vehicle operators.
Unfortunately, riding a bicycle in our car-infested roads has become a dangerous ordeal. Unfortunately, many drivers fail to pay proper attention around bicycle riders; or blatantly choose to ignore them.
On the other hand, many bicyclists often violate the law by not stopping at traffic lights, stop signs, or carelessly ride against traffic or worst yet, zigzag amongst vehicles in congested roads.
According to Highway Safety Association between 2010 and 2012, U.S. bicyclist deaths increased by 16%. With 338 cyclists killed in the same period, California is our Union’s Bicycle Death Capital. In other words, California’s bicycle death per capita is 40% higher than the national average. And many more California bicyclists—more than 10,000—are seriously injured in road accidents every year.
In addition to rough riding and negligent driving, lack of helmet use coupled with drugs and alcohol contribute to bicyclist deaths and grave injuries.
In 2012, two-third or more of bicyclists, who lost their lives, were not wearing helmets; and 28% of riders age 16 and older had blood alcohol concentrations of .08% or higher, which is considered impaired.
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