Have you been in a bicycle accident?
Riding a bike can be a great past time or form of exercise and transportation. Many people choose to take to the pedals to get to work or run errands. Unfortunately, California has the highest rate of bicycle accident fatalities in the United States. There is also a very high rate of injuries from bicycle accidents. If you have been in an accident while riding your bicycle, it’s important that you know your legal rights and take legal action if necessary. Bicycle accidents can be extremely devastating, and our lawyers serving Commerce, California want to help you by finding redemption through a bicycle accident case. You may be able to recover all or most of your losses. Call our office at 714-409-8991 to discuss your case with one of our talented bicycle accident attorneys at Eldessouky Law.
What rights do cyclists have in California?
Bicyclists have the same rights as driver and must follow most of the same rules as other vehicles on the road. Some specific laws that apply only to bicyclists are the ones about bicyclists riding on the right side of the road. California Vehicle Code outlines several laws that say bicyclists moving slower than traffic are allowed to take the lane if the lane is not wide enough for a car and bicyclist to ride side by side. Otherwise, bicyclists should always ride as close to the right as possible, and if there’s a bicycle lane, they must use that lane. Exceptions to these laws are if the bicyclist is making a left turn, passing, or avoiding hazardous conditions. Other rules specific for bicyclist include regulations on equipment. Bicycles must have breaks, handlebars that are not higher than the shoulders, a white light attached to the front at night, and reflectors at night. California law requires anyone under 18 to wear a helmet while riding a bicycle, and if you are riding a bike, you cannot have both ear plug in. If you have more questions about your rights as a bicyclist on the road in California, do not hesitate to get in touch with our firm.
What are common reasons people get in bicycle accidents?
Many bicycle accidents are caused by reckless drivers. For a reckless driver to be held liable for your damages in a bicycle accident case, you will need to prove that the driver owed you a duty of care, the driver breached this duty of care, and the breach was a direct cause of your injuries. Here are some examples of when a driver may be negligent:
- Not giving cyclists enough room
- Failure to yield
- Running a stop sign
- Distracted driving
- Driving under the influence
If you believe your accident was caused by another driver’s negligence or recklessness, then you will want to seek help from one of our experience lawyers who will help you win as much compensation as possible for all your losses.
What if my bicycle accident was not caused by another driver?
If your accident was caused by other factors such as road conditions, then you may still be able to seek compensation from the property manager. In a case like this, you will need to prove that the property manager owed a duty of care to you by keeping their property safe. Also, if your equipment was the cause of the accident, then the manufacturer may be liable for your damages. All cases are different, and it’s best you speak to a lawyer first to see what route you should take in order to receive compensation for your losses. Furthermore, you may just be in a situation where the accident is partially your fault. Do not worry, you still may be able to recover damages. California’s comparative fault law says that you can still receive a reduced compensation based on how much the accident was deemed your fault. The best way to be successful in your bicycle accident case is to get help from one of our lawyers.
What kind of compensation can I get from a bicycle accident case?
Most bicycle accident cases sue for compensatory damages. These include:
- Medical bills
- Occupational therapy
- Lost wages
- Lost earning capacity
- Loss of consortium
- Disfigurement or loss of limb
- Pain and suffering
To get a better idea of what your own case may be worth, speak with one of our lawyers today. They will be able to look at your own personal case and tell you what it is worth.
Why should I choose Eldessouky Law to represent me?
At Eldessouky Law we will gladly give free legal advice to anyone that believe they have a case. If you do, we will also take on that case free of charge. This is our zero fee guarantee, which means that you do not owe us anything if we cannot win your case. Our lawyers understand that you may have already lost a lot monetarily, and that is why we don’t want to you continue to have to pay just for enacting your legal rights. Call our firm to get started on your case today!