When cyclists and vehicles abide by the rules of the road, the two can coexist in a safe manner without incident. But when a careless driver disregards the roadway signs and drives in a protected bike lane, or is inattentive to a cyclist’s right of way and cuts off the cyclist, the consequences can be catastrophic. When two cars collide, frequently both drivers can walk away from the crash. But when a vehicle collides with a bicycle, the cyclist will usually suffer much more serious injuries than if he or she had been in the enclosed cabin of a vehicle. If you or a loved one has been injured in a cycling accident and is looking for a San Diego bicycle accident lawyer, we can help you.
Cause of the Accident
The number one cause of bike accidents is a driver failing to see the bicyclist. For this reason, bicycle accidents are more likely to occur in the early morning or evening when vision is decreased or is obstructed by the sun or diminishing daylight. Even with bicycle reflectors, many drivers claim they never saw a bicycle until the moment before the collision. Another common cause of a bike accident is a drunk driver. Driving under the influence of alcohol is a huge problem in our society and leads to many deaths and serious injuries. A driver of a vehicle who is intoxicated is much more likely not to see a cyclist then if he or she had not been drinking. Other common causes of bicycle accidents include situations where a driver of a car makes an unsafe left-hand or right-hand turn, colliding with a bicycle, clipping or side-swiping a bicyclist, or when a careless driver opens the door to his or her vehicle without looking to see if a bicycle is passing by and hits the cyclist with a car door.
Bicycle Helmet Law
California has a bike helmet law providing that anyone under the age of 18 riding a bicycle must wear an approved, properly fitting bicycle helmet. Whether you or your family member who is injured in a bicycle accident was wearing a helmet at the time of the accident does not bear on who caused the accident, but it could possibly bear on the amount of compensation that your lawyer can recover for you if a helmet would have reduced the extent of your injuries.
Bicycle Accident Resulting in Death
In the tragic event that a family member is killed in a bicycle accident, as a husband, wife, brother, sister, or parent you have important legal rights. You have a right to recover monetary compensation from the careless person whose negligence caused the loss of your spouse, sibling, or child. With the representation of an experienced bicycle accident attorney, you can recover financial compensation for loss of income or financial support, and for the loss of companionship. Funeral and burial costs are also recoverable from the negligent person who caused the death of your family member.
Call Injury Law Group
Call us now at Injury Law Group and talk to a bike lawyer San Diego. We are experienced California bicycle accident attorneys. We’ll help you obtain medical treatment for your injuries, and we’ll fight for your right to financial compensation, while you and your family focus on recovery. Call now and speak to a bicycle attorney.