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Bicycling is one of the most popular recreational activities in California and across the United States. As cyclists know, however, drivers of cars and trucks usually do not pay adequate attention to their surroundings, often do not respect the rights of cyclists, and do not look for cyclists before making moves that can endanger their lives. As a result, bicycle riders suffer a staggering number of serious injuries and fatalities in accidents involving motor vehicles.
With nothing more than a helmet to protect them, cyclists sustain far more severe injuries in an accident than the drivers who hit them. While a slow speed collision may result in insignificant property damage to a motor vehicle, a slow speed collision is much more likely to result in significant injury or death to a bicyclist who lacks the protection of a car.
If the driver of an automobile negligently hits a bicycle rider, that rider will be entitled to recover against the at-fault driver for their injuries, pain and suffering, medical expenses, loss of income, disfigurement, loss of normal life, and any other losses related to the collision.
As bicycle accident lawyers, we understand the physical, emotional, and financial burdens that accompany a tragic accident, and are dedicated to seeking full compensation for our clients.Bicycle Accidents: What You Need to Know
According to the Federal Highway Administration, the leading causes of vehicle-on-bicycle accidents include: failure to yield, bicycles riding against traffic, stop sign violations, and reckless driving.
The best way to prevent a bicycle accident from occurring is to arm yourself with the proper safety knowledge that can help you or a loved one avoid a bicycle accident, whether cycling or behind the wheel of a car. Below are some statistics regarding bicycle accidents that may prove eye opening, and may help to prevent an injury.
- 75% of bicycle accidents occur at busy intersections in cities or near driveways. Use caution when approaching an intersection and check your blind spots regularly.
- Roads with narrow lanes are often the sites of vehicle on bicycle accidents, since cyclists and vehicle drivers compete for space and the right of way.
- Even a slow moving vehicle can cause significant harm to a bicyclist if the bicyclist is not wearing a helmet.
- Bicyclists that are attempting a left turn should merge into the left-turning traffic lane and signal their intent by hand, not attempt a left turn from a designated bike lane. Vehicles must yield to bicyclists attempting to make a legal left turn in the vehicle lane.
- Visual impairments are also a major cause of accidents between vehicles and cyclists. For vehicle drivers, making regular mirror adjustments, checking your blind spots, keeping your windshields clean, and accounting for glare in the early morning and dusk hours are essential to safety. For cyclists, fitting your bicycle with proper reflectors or flashing lights can make you more visible to traffic and increase your safety.
It is important to note that bicycle accidents are often more complex than automobile accidents. The issue of “right of way” can sometimes make determining fault more intricate, and insurance companies are less inclined to pay out if fault cannot be clearly assigned.
Should you or a loved one suffer because of a bicycle accident—either with a car, a truck, another bicycle, or with a pedestrian—the wisest move is to contact a San Diego bicycle accident attorney who understands the complexities of the law and has successful experiences with bike accident cases.
To discuss the details of your case with an experienced bicycle accident lawyer in San Diego, call (866) 338-7079 for a free and confidential consultation. Likewise, you can contact us via the web by clicking here to submit your inquiry online.