CYCLIST VS. AUTO ACCIDENT ATTORNEYS IN CALIFORNIA
More Than $300 Million Recovered for Our Clients Throughout California
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), 783 cyclists lost their lives in traffic collisions across the United States in 2017. And, according to the Los Angeles Times, California leads the way as one of the deadliest states for cyclists, with about 4% of all traffic-related deaths in the state involving cyclists.
If you were hit by a negligent automobile driver while cycling, you have the right to take legal action. At Bike Legal, our California cyclist-auto accident lawyers have more than 35 years of experience focusing solely on bicycle accident claims. Because many of our key staff members are avid cyclists themselves, we understand the unique challenges injured cyclists face. We have represented severely injured cyclists and the families of those wrongfully killed. We know how to help you secure the maximum compensation you deserve.
How Negligent Drivers Cause Bicycle Accidents
In order to recover compensation after a bicycle accident, you must demonstrate that the at-fault driver acted either negligently or wrongfully. The most common of these scenarios is negligence, though a driver may have acted wrongfully if he or she was behaving recklessly or intentionally hit you.
Some common examples of how negligent drivers cause bicycle accidents include:
Texting or using a cell phone while driving
Driving under the influence of drugs/alcohol
Failing to follow posted speed limits (speeding)
Driving while distracted
Driving while tired/falling asleep at the wheel
Failing to yield the right-of-way to cyclists
Failing to follow the “three-feet” rule when passing a cyclist
Engaging in aggressive driving behaviors/road rage
Passing too closely/too fast near a cyclist
Failing to stop at red lights and/or stop signs
This list is not exhaustive; there are many other instances in which a negligent driver can cause an accident that leaves a cyclist gravely injured. Sadly, even with proper safety gear and precautions, cyclists tend to suffer the brunt of catastrophic injuries when they are hit by cars, as they are simply no match for large, heavy, fast-moving vehicles. Common bicycle accident injuries include spinal cord injuries, fractured clavicles, traumatic brain injuries, broken bones, serious cuts and scrapes, soft tissue damage, and more—all of which can completely alter your life.
Contact Bike Legal for a Free Consultation
After an auto-bicycle accident, you do not have to face the future alone. At Bike Legal, our California bicycle accident attorneys have the resources, skill, and knowledge to fight for you and your fair recovery. We are uniquely positioned to represent injured cyclists throughout California and help them secure the maximum compensation they are owed. Our proven track record of results speaks for itself.