Cyclist Killed Riding on 91 Freeway in Compton

A motorist hit a man riding his bike on the 91 Freeway around 6:40 a.m., Saturday, October 12, 2019. According to California Highway Patrol, the 43-year-old cyclist was riding in the number four (right hand) lane of the 91 Freeway near the W. Artesia Blvd on ramp in Compton.

The accident happened when the driver of a 2018 Toyota traveling 55 mph struck the cyclist from behind. Authorities pronounced the cyclist dead at the scene, and the motorist wasn’t injured and no charges are expected to be filed.

It’s not clear if the cyclist was riding in the middle of the lane or near its shoulder. Under California law, riding on the freeway is prohibited unless the local city or counts has expressly authorized bikes. Most of the freeways in the Los Angeles Metro area have signs prohibiting bicycles, however it doesn’t appear that there was a sign at any of the entrances of the 91 Freeway in Compton.

Riding on Freeways in Los Angeles

In California, bicycles are not allowed on freeways, however a law grants the state department of transportation, counties and cities the right to allow bicycles on certain portions of the freeway within their jurisdiction.

California Vehicle Code § 21960 states that at each freeway entrance a sign should be posted that prohibits pedestrians, bicycles an motor driven bicycles. However, the best thing to do is to go to the Caltran website find out which freeways are open to bicycles.

If bicycles are allowed, then the law allows the cyclist to ride on the left-hand side close to the curb as practicable. However, the law doesn’t prohibit the cyclist from riding on the right-hand shoulder which is preferred by many cyclists.

Liability for Freeway Bike Accident

If a cyclist is riding on the freeway where it is prohibited, most would think that if a motorist collided with the cyclist, then it would automatically be the fault of the cyclists for being on the freeway. However, that’s not what the law says.

Negligence

In California, the victim of a personal injury has to prove negligence on the part of the driver. Negligence will be decided by the jury, and the law says that to determine negligence, they must look at the actions of each driver or operator and compare those action to what a reasonably prudent person would do under the same circumstances.

Also, California is a comparative negligence states, so each party is assigned a percentage of negligence, and any damages awarded will be paid by each person according to their percentage of negligence. For example, if a cyclist is hit by a motorists, and the jury said the cyclist was 30 percent negligent, then the driver of the car would have to pay 70 percent of the damages.

Contact a Los Angeles Personal Injury Attorney

The best thing to do when injured in an automobile accident is to talk to an attorney. Even if you don’t hire one, you owe it to yourself to be advised of the law by an impartial professional. Then if you decide to get representation, then choose someone who is experienced and understands the law. Call the Law Offices of Steers & Associates at 800 824 5416 or click here to contact us online. We have attorneys with years of experience dealing with every type of motor vehicle accident, and we get results against the insurance companies and their highly-paid lawyers. Call us now to even the playing field and get the compensation you deserve.

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