Here in the Greater Los Angeles area we are blessed with near perfect weather for most of the year. Bicycling is a great way to get some exercise, spend time with family, and get around town whether you’re going to work, a social event, the gym, or wherever.
When you’re trying to be healthy and environmentally conscious, it seems extremely unfair that a careless motorist, in the blink of an eye, can change your life drastically, or worse yet, end it.
California, historically, is one of the most dangerous places to ride a bicycle. You, as a bicyclist, don’t need an article to know that. Every time you get on your bicycle you likely encounter careless, distracted drivers that are seemingly oblivious to your presence. Or you encounter little to no shoulder to ride on or potholes, trash, or debris.
In other words, be careful when you’re out and about riding your bicycle!
For a helpful list of California-specific bicycle laws and excellent safety tips, please check out this great guide .
Proving Who’s At Fault
Unfortunately, though, while you may following all the laws, riding with your helmet on, and being hyper aware of vehicles and road conditions, someone’s negligence may result in a bicycle injury accident. Oftentimes, a vehicle versus bicycle accident results in grave injuries, including broken bones, traumatic brain injuries, spinal cord injuries, or wrongful death.
Because of this, the offending driver often gets to give their version of the accident to the patrol officer first. Sadly, we often find these statements to be rather self-serving, resulting in the officer concluding on the Traffic Collision Report (TCR) that you, the bicyclist, were primarily at fault.
If you are placed at fault on the TCR you may still be able to recover with the help and skill of an expert bicycle injury lawyer who may be able to refute the TCR or prove you were only partially at fault.
California is a comparative fault state, which allows you to a recovery that is reduced by the percent you are deemed at fault. As you can see, the many legal complexities, nuances, and difficulties that arise after a bicycle injury accident require the experience and expertise of a bicycle accident lawyer to navigate.
Bicycle Accident Case
If you’ve been injured in a bicycle injury accident, please do not hesitate to call us for a free consultation at 800-818-1818. We are experienced bicycle accident injury lawyers that will fight to get you the justice and compensation you deserve.