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What are the major causes of bicycle traffic accidents?
The most common causes of bicycle traffic accidents include:
- motorist speeding
- motorist running red lights or stop signs
- drivers making an illegal u-turn
- drivers entering a bike lane or not giving a cyclist enough space when passing
- cyclists being "doored"
- distracted driving or driving under the influence
Why witnesses can make or break a bicycle traffic accident claim
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.
What not to do after a bicycle traffic accident
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:
- arguing over liability with the motorist or the police (just contact an attorney immediately)
- leave the scene without getting the motorists name, drivers license, car and insurance details
- leave the scene without collecting the name and contact information of any witnesses
- leave the scene without documenting the accident area with your cell phone camera (if possible)
- fix your bike without collecting evidence and contact an attorney first
- provide a recorded statement or your social security number to an insurance adjuster (they are NOT entitled to this information, ever!)
When should I contact a bicycle lawyer?
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.
Do I have rights on the road as a bicyclist?
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.
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