Bicyclists have the right to ride on California streets. Unfortunately, some drivers refuse to share the road, resulting in serious car-bike collisions. One of the reasons we have a civil justice system is to make careless drivers accountable for the injuries they cause.
With more than 30 years of experience handling bicycle and pedestrian accident cases, our attorneys know how to make drivers and their insurance companies pay when they hurt bicyclists. Call 800-524-5446 for a free lawyer consultation about injuries sustained in car or truck collisions.
The following are the most common types of accidents involving cars and bikes.
A Car Turns In Front Of A Bike
The rules for determining who has the right of way are the same for bicycles as cars. If a car makes a right or left turn in front of you and you are unable to avoid the collision, the driver of the car is usually at fault. Failure-to-yield accidents are the most common types of collisions between cars and bikes.
A Car Clips A Bike When Passing
Cars are required to keep a safe distance from bicyclists when passing. Many drivers forget that their side mirrors stick out and can cause a serious injury to a bicyclist. As a bicyclist, you should ride in bike lanes or as close to the right side of the street as possible unless you need to pass another vehicle, avoid an obstacle or make a left turn.
The Bicyclist Was Partially At Fault
As a bicyclist, you are required to ride in the same direction as traffic. If you cross a street in a crosswalk, you should dismount the bike and walk it across the street. If you fail to follow the rules of the road, some or all of the fault for the accident may be assigned to you.
Even if you were partially at fault, you can still recover compensation for damages suffered in accidents as long as the other side was also at fault. In California, your recovery from a personal injury lawsuit will be reduced by any percentage of liability that is assigned to you.
For More Information About Bike Accidents
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