Bicyclists are a growing portion of the traffic on our roadways. Even with the increase in the number of bike lanes, bike paths and bike trails, bicyclists are still vulnerable to serious injuries sustained as a result of car, truck and bus driver’s recklessness or carelessness. Other bicycle related injuries result from defective products or parts such as pedals, rims, wheels, brakes and helmets.
IF YOU HAVE BEEN INJURED WHILE RIDING YOUR BICYCLE, THEN CALL US
Our law firm has the resources, experience and skill to represent injured bicyclists and their family members to recover full and fair damages for catastrophic injuries and wrongful death claims. We fully investigate each case on a case by case basis leaving no stone unturned. We seek to establish driver fault related to speeding, running stop signs or red lights, driving recklessly, driving distracted or driving drunk.
Far too many motorists fail to see bike riders. Those who do often fail to recognize or respect the amount of space that is necessary for both vehicles to share the road. However, new distance laws are helping to keep bicyclists safer, but they need to be enforced.
Collisions involving motor vehicles and bicycles often cause very serious, sometimes fatal, injuries for the bike rider. Injuries to the brain and spine are not uncommon in serious bicycle/motor vehicle collisions. Such serious injuries can be long lasting or even permanent.
The road to recovery can be long and arduous. Securing full compensation for your injuries can help a person on his or her journey toward recovery by making necessary medical treatment available and providing a degree of financial support that allows a person to focus on recovering.
Some common types of bicycle accidents include:
-Cars and trucks striking bicycles while turning
-Dooring (colliding with a car door that was opened into the path of a bicycle)
-Passing without providing a bike rider sufficient space for safe operation
Other causes of Bicyclist Accidents that our North Bay bike injury attorneys have successfully handled for injured bicyclists as a result of dangerous and substandard road conditions and defective products involve the following:
- Gravel or lose stones from construction site or roadwork
- Poor signage or temporary and or poorly constructed make-shift road work
- Road resurfacing
- Railroad tracks
- Uneven sidewalks and or grooved pavement
- Spills from third parties
- Bike Helmet failure
- Bicycle rims collapsing
- Chains breakage and or catching onto an object
Our bicyclist accident lawyers are not afraid to take on a large opponent or carrier including a large governmental entity like Caltrans. Don’t despair if the police report puts you at 100% fault, because we have won many personal injury cases when that has been proven incorrect! We hire the best and most respected accident reconstructionists for your case.
As communities all over the country become more health and environmentally conscious, bicycling has become more and more popular. However, with this popularity has come difficulties in properly and safely integrating bikes into our traffic systems. In fact, over the last few years, California has some of the most troubling and deadly bicycle accident statistics in the nation.
If you are a bicyclist who has been injured by a driver, then it is time to start exploring your legal options.
The Rights and Responsibilities of Bike Riders
Bicycle riders have the same rights and responsibilities as motor vehicle drivers. Bicyclists must stop at traffic signs, stop signs and signals and observe all the same traffic laws. Bicyclists are required to display lights and reflectors while riding at night and must stay as close as possible to the right side of the road and drive in the same direction as car traffic. New strict laws prohibiting bicyclists from riding with helmets and without certain air plugs or music devices are being strictly enforced.
Unfortunately, in the event that the bike accident rider was out of compliance with any of these rules or compliance will make the bicyclist partially or contributorily at fault thus reducing his or her damages settlement or award. But our attorneys will perform a thorough and detailed case preparation and evaluation designed to minimize your fault to a claims adjuster or to a jury.
Some of the most common causes of bicycle accidents that motorists make include:
Failure to look for and signal to bicyclists
Failure to signal a turn or lane change
Failure to properly proceed at an intersection
Distracted driving (texting, phone calls, etc.)
Drunk driving (DUI)
If any of these causes were a factor in your bicycle accident, then negligence is likely to have occurred and compensation should be paid. Your medical bills, rehabilitation, lost wages, and pain and suffering all deserve an answer from a driver who failed to safely operate their motor vehicle.
More Than 40 Years of Combined Legal Experience
At The Law Offices of Michael A. Fiumara, we deliver skilled, compassionate and experienced personal injury representation to injured bicyclists that produce the results that you deserve.
Our strength as litigators and negotiators allows us to examine potential settlements and if a workable settlement is not available, we are always prepared to proceed to trial. We are dedicated to creating beneficial resolutions that enable our clients to focus on doing what they need to do for their recovery.
Contact the Santa Rosa Bicycle Accident Attorneys of The Law Offices Of Michael A. Fiumara
Since 1992 our personal injury attorneys have represented clients throughout the entire North Bay including, San Francisco, Marin, Sonoma, Napa, Solano, Alameda Counties. Our bicyclist accident attorneys work on a contingency basis. You don’t pay unless we win! In other words, we collect no fee unless we collect damages for your case. The highly skilled and experienced attorneys of The Law Offices of Michael A. Fiumara can assist you to recover the full compensation that you need after being injured in a bicycle accident. Se Habla Espanol.
Please call our office at (707) 571-8600 in our centrally located Santa Rosa office in Sonoma County or call our office in San Rafael in Marin County at (415) 492-4507 to schedule a free and confidential case evaluation or contact us online.