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While we generally think of California as a progressive and bike-friendly state, it actually has the second highest rate of bicycle traffic accidents in the country after Florida.
And to make matters worse, police in California often unfairly place liability on bike riders, but that should never stop you from contacting a bicycle accident lawyer!
If you have suffered:
As the result of a bike accident in California, you deserve an experienced bicycle attorney on your side.
Keep reading to learn more about how the attorneys handling bike injuries at Sally Morin Law fight on behalf of our bicycle clients and get them exactly the settlement they deserve!
As with motorcyclists, cyclists are often unfairly deemed liable by the others involved in the accident and even police.
That's why it's so important you work with an attorney who specializes in representing cyclists. At Sally Morin Law, our team of bicycle lawyers and investigators are able to return to the scene of the accident, and re-interview witnesses, to help prove you were unfairly deemed liable.
Your first priority should always be to get medical attention.
But if you are able, collect the contact and insurance information of all parties involved.
Take photos with your cell phone camera of the accident scene, your bike, and later at home, your injuries.
Also, be sure to collect the names and contact information of any witnesses on the scene.
And immediately after the accident, write down the events that unfolded to the best of your knowledge.
Injuries Requiring Surgery
From the moment I talked to Sally’s office while in the hospital I knew that I’d found a great firm, and that rung true throughout all my interactions with her and her staff. When I couldn’t afford to pay my physical therapy costs out of pocket they found me a GREAT therapist who would hold off on billing me until the settlement came through. For every additional surgery and setback and struggle I felt fully supported, and secure in the knowledge that Sally and her team were working hard to settle my case quickly, accurately and with the highest regard for my long-term recovery. I truly can’t recommend Sally Morin enough as a lawyer !
While bike commuting to work a year and a half ago, I was hit by a car that made a sudden, illegal u-turn. My septum was shattered, a piece of my forehead was peeled off (I was wearing a helmet!), I subluxated my shoulder, and my neck and back and knee were messed up. My bike didn't fare too well either. A friend who had recently been hit by a car recommended I contact Sally Morin Law. Lauren Pietsch was the attorney who handled my case and guided me through the process. She always offered a realistic but supportive perspective on the case. Thanks to the entire team for putting in a lot of hard work and for genuinely caring about helping their clients!
While riding my bike to work, I was struck by a motorist who ran a red light. The driver stayed on the scene and seemed genuinely concerned about my well-being. However, when I sent my claim to her insurance, she denied the events as I, and my witnesses, reported them. Sally's expertise was instrumental in dealing with the insurance company to get a good settlement. She is very responsive, a true professional, and just a lovely person to work with. I would recommend Sally Morin in a heart-beat.
If at any time within the first 30 days of signing with Sally Morin Law you are not 100% satisfied with the quality and care of service you receive from our bike injury lawyers, we will cancel your contract at no cost so that you can seek different representation. No questions asked.
The most common causes of bicycle traffic accidents include:
Because bicyclists are often falsely blamed for the accident by the motorist and even police, it's imperative you don't make common mistakes that will sabotage your claim. These include:
Yes! Bicyclists have the same rights as motorists on the road as drivers. But unlike in some states, in California bicyclists are not automatically deemed "not at fault" when they are in an accident. It's imperative if you ride your bicycle on the open road anywhere in California that you carefully follow the same laws as motorists.
Bicyclists are often treated with suspicion both by motorists and police that may be called to the scene of the accident. So it's imperative if you've been involved in a traffic accident while riding your bicycle that you gather the name and contact information of any witnesses at the scene so that your bicycle accident attorney can help with determining negligence and liability.
Time is not on your side if you have been involved in a bicycle traffic accident. Over time, evidence washes away, witnesses lose interest or disappear, and insurance adjustors will be working hard to put liability on the bicyclist. Before you fix your bike or speak to anyone, contact a qualified bicycle accident attorney. Click here to get started now with your free case evaluation.
Are you ready to start the road to recovery?