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 or a loved one have suffered:
As the result of a bike accident in California, you deserve an experienced bicycle attorney on your side.
At Sally Morin Personal Injury Lawyers, almost 50% of our personal injury attorney clients have been involved in bicycle traffic accidents...and many of them unfairly had liability placed on them in their police report.
Keep reading to learn more about how the attorneys handling bike injuries at Sally Morin Personal Injury Lawyers fight on behalf of our bicycle clients and get them exactly the settlement they deserve!
INJURIES REQUIRING SURGERY
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 Personal Injury Lawyers, 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.
Young cyclist came to us with a $7k offer from the insurance carrier. After getting us on his case, we were able to increase the existing settlement offer TEN-FOLD in only four months.
Learn more about how the process works at Sally Morin Personal Injury Lawyers or find out if we are a good fit for you and your case.
My brother found Sally on Yelp and after talking with her on the phone I was confident she could handle my case and get the best settlement possible. Sally took care of everything. She settled all my bills, negotiated with the medical insurance, got the limits from the other party’s insurance for liability and property and also got the limit from my own uninsured auto coverage. I was not even aware my auto insurance covered me on my bike. On top of all this she discounted her own fees. In the end I got the most I could have hoped for given the insurance limits and my expenses were significantly reduced. I highly recommend Sally!
I cannot say enough positive things about these ladies at Sally Morin Personal Injury Lawyers. After having been in a bicycle accident in fall of 2017, I was left injured, scared, and feeling completely overwhelmed by the medical expenses, insurance claims, and the legal process in general.
I found Sally Morin online, and after speaking with them over the phone just one time, I felt confident that I wanted to work with them. They were kind, approachable, patient, caring, intelligent, and incredibly hardworking. They were amazing in explaining every step of the process to me, and were incredibly diligent in answering any questions or concerns that I had along the way. I would highly recommend the services of this law firm, and cannot thank them enough for all that they did for me!!
I can’t say enough about Lauren and the team of lawyers at Sally Morin. I was hit by a car while on my bike and they helped me put my life back together. They managed my medical bills, and handled all of the communications with insurance companies so I could focus on healing. Lauren kept me updated on the case proceedings through regular communication, I never felt in the dark about what was going on with my case. Lauren achieved a really favorable outcome for me in the end and even negotiated down my medical bills. I would never have been able to achieve this outcome on my own. The service Sally Morin provided was truly valuable, I would not hesitate to recommend them to anyone needing a personal injury lawyer.
If at any time within the first 30 days of signing with Sally Morin Personal Injury Lawyers you are not 100% satisfied with the quality and care of service you receive from our attorneys, 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:
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.
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:
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.
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.