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Bicycle Accidents Can Result In Life-Changing Injuries

San Diego’s weather is perfect for bicycle enthusiasts, but with so many cyclists come inevitable bike accidents. Determining your next steps after a crash can be stressful and confusing. Seeking help from a San Diego bicycle accident lawyer can make a significant difference in your recovery and compensation. Bicycle accidents can result in severe injuries, financial burdens and emotional stress. Recognizing the potential injuries and understanding your rights can better prepare you for dealing with an unexpected bike accident.

San Diego Bicycle Accident Liability Claim

Bicycle riders are at particular risk for collisions and falls. As cyclists are essentially unprotected, even a low impact collision has the potential for serious injury. Laws in California requiring anyone under the age of 18 to use protective helmets have reduced the incidence of fatalities from head injuries in children, but adult bicyclists remain vulnerable to injuries, many of which are life-threatening or life altering.

Collisions with motor vehicles present the greatest threat for serious injury to bicycle riders. Over the past 10 years, as cycling becomes increasingly popular among adults, both for exercise and as a mode of transportation, the number of adult cyclist fatalities and injuries has increased proportionately.

Consider these alarming statistics from the National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration:

  • 716 bicyclists and riders of other non motorized cycles were killed in traffic collisions in 2008. Another 52,000 were injured.
  • 87% of the cyclist fatalities were males; 79% of injured cyclists were males.
  • In 2008, the average age of cyclists killed was 41; the average age of cyclists injured was 31.
  • Of the 716 cyclist traffic fatalities that occurred in the 50 states, 109 were killed on California roadways.

Get In Touch With KDC Injury Law Today.

Arranging a free consultation with our skilled San Diego bicycle accident lawyers is risk-free, commitment-free and confidential. A free legal consultation with the Law Offices of Kroger-Diamond & Campos APC is a prudent way to gather information on your rights, legal options and available resources while having your questions answered.

While bicyclists and drivers of motor vehicles have similar legal responsibilities, bicyclists also have specific rights and protections under the California Vehicle Code and the California Streets and Highways Code, such as the restricted right of way in designated bicycle paths, lanes and routes. Studies have shown that bicyclists who share the roadway with motor vehicles are typically alert and take special care when making turns, accelerating or braking, but the majority of collisions between bicycles and motor vehicles occur when a motorist fails to yield the right of way, especially at an intersection.

You may also have a liability claim against an entity that controls or maintains the roadway if you have been injured as a result of a hazardous condition such as debris, potholes, or poorly maintained roads or parking lots. Injuries can also be caused by manufacturing or design defects in your bicycle or by faulty safety equipment, in which instance you may have a claim against the manufacturer, assembler, distributor or seller.

How a San Diego Bicycle Accident Lawyer Can Help

A skilled San Diego bicycle accident lawyer can guide you through the legal process to recover the compensation you deserve. Our firm has a track record of securing favorable case results for our clients, including $1.8 million for a bicycle accident victim. Our compassionate team can handle all aspects of your case, from investigating the accident and gathering evidence to negotiating with insurance companies and representing you in court.

By working with a knowledgeable attorney with extensive experience with San Diego’s bicycle, roadway and motor vehicle laws, you can focus on your recovery while we handle the finer details of your case. Our goal is to recover fair compensation for your damages, including medical expenses, lost wages and pain and suffering.

What Are The Common Types of Bicycle Accidents?

Bicycle accidents can occur in many ways. Understanding the common types of accidents can help you be more vigilant and take preventive measures. These accidents can occur from driver negligence, poor road conditions or unexpected obstacles. Awareness and education about these accidents are important for cyclists and motorists can improve San Diego road safety.

Dooring occurs when a vehicle’s occupant opens the door into the path of an oncoming cyclist. This sudden obstruction can cause bicyclists to crash into the door or swerve into traffic, leading to serious injuries. Dooring is more common in urban areas, such as San Diego, where vehicles park along busy streets.

Sideswiping happens when a vehicle passes too close to a cyclist, making contact with the bicycle’s side. These accidents can occur when drivers maneuver aggressively, fail to give sufficient space while passing or are unaware of the cyclist’s presence. A sideswipe can result in the cyclist being thrown off balance or pushed into obstacles or oncoming traffic.

These accidents occur when an oncoming vehicle overtakes a cyclist and turns across their path. A left hook occurs when the vehicle turns left across a cyclist’s path, while a right hook involves the vehicle turning right across the path. Both types are particularly dangerous at intersections and can lead to collisions, severe injuries and even wrongful death.

Contact a San Diego Bicycle Accident Lawyer for Your Free Consultation

Contact Kroger-Diamond & Campos to arrange a free consultation. Call us in San Diego at (619) 682-5100, in North County at (760) 931-2900, or fill out our online form and one of our team members will follow up with you promptly.