What To Do if a Bicyclist Causes an Injury Accident
Learn about bicyclist violations that can lead to accidents and how to handle an accident scene if you are the victim of a crash.
Here in Greater Los Angeles, bicyclists enjoy the outdoors whether it is a ride for exercise in Griffith Park or on the Los Angeles River path or a commute to work down Olympic or Pico.
While many cyclists follow the rules of the road, some take a more liberal approach to getting around. For whatever reason, cyclists may not think that they can cause accidents in addition to being victims of one. But the truth is, a bicyclist who breaks the law and operates their bike in a negligent manner can cause serious injury to pedestrians, other bicyclists, and even occupants of vehicles.
Bicyclist are considered vehicles just like any other vehicle and must follow all Vehicle Code sections. In addition to the rules of the road, Vehicle Code section 21201 lays out the various mechanical requirements for bikes, like having functioning brakes, proper height handlebars, lights, and many others. Visit LA-Bike.org for more information.
Common Bicycle Violations
- Riding against traffic instead of with it
- Ignoring stop signs and traffic signals
- Riding on the sidewalk
- Not having lights for nighttime riding
- Failing to signal turns
- Riding in the wrong lane
- Failing to cross streets and roads at designated places, such as intersections
Document Your Bicycle Accident
If you’ve been involved in an injury accident either as a pedestrian, bicyclist, or in your vehicle (like having to take evasive action when a cyclist veers into your path unexpectedly), and your accident was caused by a bicyclist, it’s important to document the accident and treat it like a regular vehicle versus vehicle crash. Call 911 for immediate medical attention and for a police investigation and report. Make sure you get the bicyclist’s information and if possible, photographs of the scene, property damage, and traffic signals.
After that, it is critical to engage a powerhouse law firm with aggressive, skilled Los Angeles bicycle accident lawyers who can investigate the accident, target all proper at-fault parties, and vet the bicyclist’s insurance and asset situation. The Dominguez Firm can get you the top medical attention necessary to assist in your recovery.
The Dominguez Firm is a powerhouse injury law firm with experienced bicycle injury lawyers to assist and get you the compensation you deserve. If there is no recovery, there is no fee! Call now for a free consultation at 800-818-1818.