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Valencia Street, a place that has been notoriously dangerous for cyclists in San Francisco, will be getting a protected bike lane. Last week, the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency (SFMTA) board unanimously approved the program that will bring cyclists this added protection.

While the lane will not cover the main thoroughfare, it will help safety between Market and 15th streets, which is where most of the accidents here occur.

  • 204 bike-vehicle injuries on this corridor have occurred from 2012-2016.

Not only will this protect bicyclists, but as SFMTA explains, “Pedestrians may also feel more comfortable with this design since they will be further away from moving vehicles and have an accessible path of travel between the bike lane and parking spaces.”

At Allegiance Law, we know that this is a step in the right direction. Bicyclists face so many dangers in a place as crowded as this. Do you know where to turn when you need help?

If you need a San Francisco bicycle accident attorney, you can count on our team to secure the compensation you deserve.

A Sudden Nightmare

When you go out on your bike each day, we know that you take the steps necessary to stay safe. Unfortunately, there is no way to predict the actions of the people around you, particularly those inside motor vehicles. In the latest reporting year for the state, there were 11,634 injuries and 147 deaths caused by bicycle accidents.

When a bicycle accident occurs, most of the time there is an injury. Cyclists have no protection from an impact with a vehicle. Even when wearing a helmet, cyclists are susceptible to great harm.

The reality is that these accidents often occur because of negligent driving behavior. Many times, we see them happen in places where bicyclists clearly have the right-of-way, like bike lanes or intersections with a crossing light. Even at slower speeds, bicyclists can sustain major injuries in crashes with vehicles.

If a driver is distracted and focused on their phones or something else other than the roadway, they are much more likely to impact a bicyclist. Sending a text can cost s life.

Drunk drivers continue to be a major problem, especially for bicyclists and pedestrians. Did you know that alcohol-related accidents were responsible for 27% of traffic fatalities in the state in the last reporting year?

The people charged with maintaining the roadways and sidewalks should perform regular inspections and maintenance. If there are potholes, uneven surfaces, or other obstacles in the roadway, bicyclists can get seriously hurt.

Steps You Can Take

If someone else’s negligence behavior has caused you harm while you were on your bicycle, seek legal assistance now. At Allegiance Law, we understand the issues that need to be addressed in the aftermath of a bicycle accident.
Our qualified and experienced team will work to secure the compensation you need in the aftermath of a bicycle accident so you can focus on healing. We want to make sure your medical expenses are covered and we will also work to secure pain and suffering damages.

When you need a San Francisco bicycle accident attorney, you can contact us for a free consultation by clicking here or calling 415-404-6395. Let us take over from here.

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