Oakland Street One of the Most Dangerous for Bikers
The San Francisco Chronicle reported on the 25 deadliest streets for Bay Area cyclists. Oakland’s Foothill Blvd ranked number 20 out of 25 for the most bicycle accidents resulting in fatalities and severe injuries. During the period from 1997 to 2007, there was one fatality and six severe injuries on the Oakland street. Market Street in San Francisco ranked number one in the Bay Area with three bicycle related deaths and sixteen severe injuries during that same time period.
As a personal injury lawyer in Oakland for many years, I have personally seen the great harm that can be caused in accidents involving bicycles. Recent reports have shown that bicycle accidents in Oakland are increasing. As a motorist we must take care to share the road with cyclists. As cyclists we must do all we can to minimize the risk of injury to ourselves when riding.
Motorists should be familiar with and follow the rules relating to use of bike lanes as stated in the California Vehicle Code section 21209. Bicyclists who are injured in accidents should know their legal rights if they are injured in an accident. By knowing and following the rules of the road for bikers we can all do our part to help reduce these fatalities and serious injuries.
San Francisco Chronicle, Bay Area’s 25 deadliest roads for cyclists, March 16, 2008