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Santa Monica police take aim at bicycle safety

By Los Angeles Personal Injury Lawyer on April 2, 2012


This month, the Santa Monica Police Department will begin a program targeted at reducing the number of traffic violations committed by bicyclists. In 2012, to date, the police department has been called out to investigate 37 traffic accidents involving bicycles. In the majority of these cases, the participant not riding the bicycle was found to be responsible for the accident. The most common causes for an accident in which the bicyclist was found to be at fault were either failure to stop at a traffic sign or light, and failure to maintain a safe riding speed. In the state of California, anyone riding a bicycle on the roads has the same rights and responsibilities as anyone behind the wheel of an automobile.

The stricter enforcement program is part of the city of Santa Monica’s  ongoing effort to make the  city more bicycle friendly. The plan, approved by city council in November will  bring 14 new miles of bike lanes, 17 miles of shared lanes, and new lanes buffered by a median strip along Ocean Park Avenue, Main Street, Second Street, and Broadway Avenue. The bill also includes funding for improving cyclist safety at 30 intersections and free driving and cycling safety classes.

As a Los Angeles car accident lawyer, I hope the roads can be make safer for motorists and cyclists alike, If you or someone you care about has been injured in an automotive accident, please consider contacting  a Los Angeles Personal Injury Lawyer.

Reese Witherspoon Recovering After Being Hit by Car

By PSB Admin on September 8, 2011

Actress Reese Witherspoon was struck by a car in Santa Monica late Wednesday morning while on a jog, according to news sources.

The 35-year-old was hit in a crosswalk at 20th and Georgina Avenue. An 84-year-old woman of Santa Monica failed to see her and ran into her. A witness suggested that the driver didn’t see her “because of a large tree at the intersection.” The witness also added, “[Reese] was lucky, because it could have been much more serious.”

Witherspoon sustained a cut to the forehead and was taken to a hospital for treatment, though she was released later that day and is recovering in her Brentwood home with her husband and two children.

The driver was charged with failing to yield to a pedestrian in a crosswalk.

As a Los Angeles car accident lawyer, I’m happy to hear that the actress is not seriously injured and wish her a restful and speedy recovery. As the witness pointed out, she is lucky. Many pedestrian accidents are much more serious. As a Los Angeles personal injury lawyer, I strongly urge drivers to remain extra vigilant in areas with heavy pedestrian traffic, such as Santa Monica.

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