Costa Mesa aims to curb bicycle accidents

By |2022-01-05T19:38:53+00:00November 19th, 2014|

For many people in the Orange County area, biking is a way of life. People who are serious about bicycling know that it is important to invest in good equipment, including a proper helmet and quality pads. Even for the casual bike rider, safety should always be the top priority. Sometimes, however, other circumstances, like a negligent motorist, foil the precautions of even the safest bikers.

Roughly a month ago, a car accident on the Pacific Coast Highway resulted in the death of a bicycle rider. That was just one of more than 600 bicycle-related accidents that have occurred in Costa Mesa since 2008. In almost 30 percent of those incidents, a motor vehicle was also involved.

Because of the high number of bicycle accidents in the Costa Mesa area, the City has been working on a comprehensive plan to make safer bikeways. At the end of last month, the City Council approved a plan that has been on the drawing board since 2009. The $23 million plan includes improvements to all of the bikeways in the city. In addition to improving the existing 93 miles of bikeway, the plan calls for adding even more mileage to the existing bikeways. The large investment in bicycling also calls for focusing on safety education for both bikers and motorists.

The planned investment in Costa Mesa shows that communities in Orange County are committed to supporting bicycling and bicycle safety. Likewise, every biker and every motorist must understand their role in improving bicycle safety. Any time that a car or truck is involved in an accident with a bicycle, the biker can end up with devastating injuries.

Everyone in Orange County should help to promote safe bicycling on the area’s bikeways and roadways.

Source: Orange County Register, “Newport adopts plan for bikeway construction,” Nov. 5, 2014


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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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