Bike accidents: not all Orange County bikeways are created equal

By |2022-01-05T19:31:42+00:00April 24th, 2015|

As bikers in Orange County already know, some of the area’s roads are friendlier than other when it comes to riding a bike. Compared to some other parts of the country, bicyclists in Orange County are spoiled. Not only can they ride in nice weather throughout the year, they can also enjoy the roughly 1,000 miles of bikeways in the area.

But, not all of the area’s bikeways are solely for bicycles. Orange County has three different classes of bikeways. Class I bikeways are paved and are separate from roadways for motor vehicles. By contrast, class II bikeways are specially designated bicycle lanes that are next to lanes for cars and trucks. Finally, the class III bikeways are those that bikers must share with motor vehicles.

Regardless of where a bicyclist is riding, they should always be paying attention to their surroundings and doing everything that they can to prevent accidents and injuries. That said, a bike accident on one of Orange County’s class III bikeways could have much more severe consequences than an accident on a bikeway that is not shared with motor vehicles.

At East and Easton, we have decades of experience in handling legal claims for all kinds of accident victims, including bikers who were hit by negligent drivers. In some cases, it is obvious that the victim was not at fault and deserves compensation for the damages that they suffer. In other cases, the defendant attempts to show that the accident was the biker’s fault.

In either situation, our firm does everything it can to help victims of bicycle accidents recover every possible dollar for their claims. No matter the kind of bikeway or roadway where a bicycle accident occurs, or whether the cause and liability are easily identifiable, we know how to fight for our clients and help them get the results that they need.


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Doug Easton has practiced law since 1971. After 20 years of practicing with various large litigation firms, he founded the Law Offices of W. Douglas Easton in 1991 as a solo practitioner. In the years that followed, Doug’s sons Brian and Matt joined him in the practice and helped build the firm into a powerful force to help right the wrongs done to their clients. Much of their success over the years has stemmed from the dynamic created by the familial nature of the firm and how harmoniously they all work together, each of their individual strengths complementing and fortifying the group as a whole. Accordingly, the firm changed its name to Easton & Easton, LLP in 2014 to better reflect the true dynamic of the firm and Doug now serves as Managing Partner of Easton & Easton. In 2015, Doug was selected as a Top 100 Litigation Lawyer in California by The American Society of Legal Advocates. In addition, Doug is listed in Strathmore’s Who’s Who, and in 2008 was named its “Professional of the Year” in Medical Malpractice.
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