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Bike riding and walking is about to become safer in Santa Ana. California has awarded the city $3 million in grant funds to add new bicycle lanes and upgrade traffic signals, reported the Orange County Register. Along with several other cities across the state, Santa Ana applied for funding for the projects with the California Transportation Commission through its Active Transportation Program, which received requests for a total of $184 million in projects. Approved for six of the eleven projects it submitted to the agency, Santa Ana will spend the funding it receives on ‘bicycle boulevards’ along Bishop Street, Pacific Avenue, and Shelton Street and on designated bike lanes along Newhope Street, Civic Center Drive, and Grand Avenue. It will also be modifying traffic lights and signage near schools.

Much of the population relies on bike riding and walking to get around, so hopefully these improvements will have an affect on Santa Ana’s poor safety record for bicycle and pedestrian accidents. In 2011, the most current year for which the California Office of Traffic Safety has published accident data, Santa Ana ranked 4th out 13 cities with populations of over 250,000 for bicycle and pedestrian accidents in a ranking system in which 1st place is considered the worst.

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Annually, 3 million people flock to Laguna Beach for its temperate year-round climate, scenic beaches and coves, and art galleries and festivals. Throughout the year-but especially in summer-swimsuit-clad tourists can be seen spilling out of crosswalks as they traverse Pacific Coast Highway to the ocean. Given the popularity of this seaside resort, you would think more would be done to accommodate visitors walking and cycling through the city, as well as full-time residents. For a city its size, Laguna Beach ranked the most dangerous for pedestrians.

In an effort to identify emerging and ongoing traffic safety problems that may be ameliorated with grants, the California Office of Traffic Safety compares the accident statistics of cities with populations of a similar size, ranking those with the worst records the highest, starting with 1st place. In 2011, the most current year for which crash data are available, Laguna Beach ranked 1st out of 102 cities with populations of between 50,001 and 100,000 for its incidence of pedestrian accidents. Laguna Beach ranked 18th for accidents involving bicyclists and 4th for those involving motorcyclists.

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Throughout the month of May, Orange County will be celebrating National Bike Month with a host of events to encourage cycling and bicycle safety. Check out a list of some of them below.

OCTA BikeShare: Annual memberships for Fullerton’s bike-sharing program will be offered at a 20 percent discount in May, reducing the cost of a regular membership from $75 to $60 and that of a student membership from $45 to $36.

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With the number of cyclists seriously or fatally injured in traffic accidents on the rise in Orange County and throughout California, it’s important for representatives of local communities to communicate about ways to improve safety, which is exactly what they’ll be doing at an OCTA-sponsored event this month.

California Office of Traffic Safety records indicate that the incidence of cyclist fatalities and injuries in traffic accidents increased from 1,198 in 2010 to 1,326 in 2011 in Orange County. Across the state, bicyclist deaths increased 13.2 percent from 99 in 2010 to 114 in 2011. Nationwide, deaths among cyclists rose from 623 in 2010 to 677 in 2011, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

On April 14, the Orange County Transportation Authority, better known by locals as OCTA, will be hosting a meeting for bicycle advocates, law enforcement, and local jurisdictions to discuss bicycle safety at Irvine City Hall. Visit the agency’s website to learn more.

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At around 5:47 a.m. on Thursday, January 23, 2014, a male cyclist in his 40s was killed in a collision with a Foothill Transit bus in Pomona, reported the Los Angeles Times. The accident occurred in the 900 block of White Avenue between Orange Grove and Holt avenues. Emergency responders transported the rider to an area hospital, where he succumbed to his injuries. Authorities are investigating the collision. The Foothill Transit Authority’s spokeswoman offered her condolences to the family of the bicyclist on behalf of the agency.

In 2010, bicyclists accounted for 63 of the 694 people who were injured or killed in traffic accidents that occurred in Pomona, according to the California Office of Traffic Safety’s most current records. The OTS compares the crash data of cities with populations of a similar size, ranking those with the poorest records the highest. In 2010, Pomona ranked 14th out of 55 cities with populations of between 100,001 and 250,000 for its incidence of fatal and injury crashes involving cyclists.

When a family loses a loved one to a traffic accident, they may file a wrongful death claim against the negligent motorist in order to hold that person civilly liable and to be compensated for their loss. For more information on the wrongful death claims process, please call 866-981-5596 or contact our office through our website form.

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Shortly after 1 p.m. on Sunday, December 8, 65-year-old cyclist Milton Everett Olin Jr.-a longtime Los Angeles music industry veteran-was struck and killed in Calabasas, reported the Los Angeles Times. While traveling northeast on Mulholland Highway, a Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department patrol car struck Olin, who was riding in the same direction at the time, near Paul Revere Drive. Olin was pronounced dead at the scene. The deputy sustained minor injuries and was transported to an area hospital. Authorities are investigating the accident and have requested that anyone with information contact the Malibu/Lost Hills station at 818-878-1808; those who wish to remain anonymous may call 800-222-8477.

Calabasas accounted for none of the 24 fatalities and 2 of the 4,199 injuries cyclists suffered in traffic accidents that occurred in Los Angeles County in 2010, according to the California Highway Patrol’s Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System. The California Office of Traffic Safety compares the crash data of the state’s 58 counties, ranking those with the poorest records the highest, starting at 1st place. That year, Los Angeles ranked 10th for its incidence of bicycle accidents that resulted in injury or death.

In California, when a family loses a loved one to a traffic accident that was caused by the negligence of another, they may hold that party liable by filing a wrongful death claim. For more information on the wrongful death claims process, please call 866-981-5596.

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Shortly before 7:45 p.m. on Wednesday, November 6, 41-year-old cyclist Paul Lin was killed in a collision with a vehicle in Newport Beach, reported the Orange County Register. While riding northbound on Marguerite Avenue, Lin turned left onto San Joaquin Hills Road and collided with a westbound vehicle. He suffered fatal trauma and was pronounced dead at the scene. The driver remained at the scene and is cooperating with authorities. The accident is under investigation.

The California Office of Traffic Safety’s most current accident records indicate that 102 bicyclists were killed or injured in collisions that occurred in Newport Beach in 2010. The OTS compares the crash data of cities with populations of a similar size, giving those with the poorest records the highest rankings, starting with 1st place. That year, Newport Beach ranked 3rd out of 103 cities with populations of between 50,001 and 100,000 for its incidence of fatal and injury bicycle accidents.

Under California law, when a family loses a loved one to a traffic accident, they may file a civil claim in order to hold the at-fault party liable for their loss. To learn more about the wrongful death claims process after a bicycle accident, please call 866-981-5596.

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At about 8:30 a.m. on Tuesday, October 29, a semi struck and killed 49-year-old cyclist Scott Adamson in midtown Ventura,reported the. While traveling southbound on Hillmont Avenue, the driver of the semi struck Adamson while turning east onto Loma Vista Road. At the time, Adamson had been crossing Loma Vista Road from the northbound side of Hillmont. Emergency responders transported him to a local hospital, where he later succumbed to his injuries. The trucker remained at the scene. Authorities are investigating the accident.

The city of Ventura did not account for the one cyclist fatality that occurred in the county in 2010; however, it was the location 35 of the 279 accidents that injured bicyclists in the county, according to the California Highway Patrol’s Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System. The California Office of Traffic Safety ranked the city of Ventura 21st out of 53 cities with populations of between 100,001 and 250,000 for its incidence of fatal and injury cyclist accidents; 1st place is the worst possible ranking.

After a fatal bicycle accident, the family of the victim may file a wrongful death claim in order to hold the at-fault party liable for their loss. To learn more about the wrongful death claims process after a bicycle accident, please call 866-981-5596 or fill out our online contact form.

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At about 5:40 a.m. on Wednesday, October 30, 19-year-old cyclist Manuel Morales Rodriguez, of Fullerton, was killed in a hit-and-run accident in Anaheim, reported the Orange County Register. Responding officers found Rodriguez pinned under a Nissan Sentra on Orangethorpe Avenue, east of Lemon Street. He was pronounced dead at the scene. Evidence at the scene and witness statements suggested to investigators that at least one vehicle had struck Rodriguez before the Nissan. Later that day, authorities apprehended the driver and the vehicle that they suspected first hit Rodriguez. They have not yet completed the investigation and determined what charges will be filed against the driver.

Anaheim accounted for none of the 3 fatalities and 96 of the 1,203 injuries bicyclists suffered in traffic accidents that occurred in Orange County in 2010, according to the California Highway Patrol’s Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System. Hit-and-run was a factor in 17 of the fatal and injury accidents that occurred in Anaheim and 912 of those that occurred in Orange County, according to the California Office of Traffic Safety.

Once authorities have apprehended the driver responsible for a fatal hit-and-run accident, the family of the victim may pursue a wrongful death claim against the driver in order to be compensated for their loss. To learn more about the civil claims process after a bicycle accident, please call 866-981-5596.

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At about 9 p.m. on Thursday, September 26, a 53-year-old bicyclist was seriously injured in a hit-and-run accident in Riverside, reported The Press-Enterprise. Thirty-two-year-old Alvin Lennon Johnson struck the rider with his black 2012 Toyota Camry at a crosswalk near Magnolia Avenue and Buchanan Street and fled the scene. Emergency responders transported the rider to an area hospital to receive treatment for major trauma. Witnesses followed Johnson to a nearby parking lot, where police arrested him on suspicion of felony hit-and-run. The accident is under investigation.

The city of Riverside accounted for none of the 8 fatalities and 69 of the 334 injuries suffered by bicyclists in traffic collisions that occurred in the county in 2010, according to the California Highway Patrol’s Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System. Hit-and-run was a factor in 100 of the fatal and injury crashes that occurred in the city that year. The California Office of Traffic Safety ranked Riverside 8th out of 13 similarly sized cities for its incidence of hit-and-run accidents in a rating system in which 1st place is considered the worst.

Under California law, those who have suffered trauma in traffic accidents may pursue civil claims against the negligent driver in order to be compensated for the expenses associated with their recoveries, such as for medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering.

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