Whether riding your bike is your main mode of transportation, a fun family activity, or a way to burn some extra calories, as a bicyclist, you have rights on the road. Sometimes automobile drivers forget this, resulting in an accident. Bicycle accidents in particular, can be extremely traumatizing because they can result in physical and emotional harm. On a bicycle we are much more vulnerable because we are not protected by airbags and doors like a car. Just like how we protect ourselves on a bike with a helmet, we must protect our rights as cyclists on the street. Our West Covina Personal Injury lawyers at Eldessouky Law want to help you gain maximum compensation from a bicycle accident.
What rights do cyclists have?
In California, bicyclists on a bike lane that are moving slower than traffic must ride as far to thee right side of the lane as possible except in the case of making a left turn, passing, avoiding a hazard, or approaching a place where a right turn is authorized. Keep in mind, if you are moving as fast as traffic, you are allowed to ride wherever you want. If there is no bike lane, cyclists must ride on the right side of the road in the same direction as traffic. Riding on the sidewalk is permitted by individual cities and counties. The California Department of Transportation prohibits bikes from riding on freeways. It is also illegal for anyone to park in a way that blocks the path of a bike lane. Other than these specifics, bikers must adhere to the same rules as motorists and have the same rights as motorists. If you have more questions about your rights as a cyclist, feel free to get in contact with one of our West Covina bicycle accident lawyers.
What are the common causes of bicycle accidents?
In a perfect world, all drivers and cyclists would be aware of and adhere to the laws of the road. However, we know this is not the case, and there are many bicycle accidents to prove this. California has one of the highest rates of bicycle accidents and bicycle fatalities in the nation. Some of the most common causes of bicycle accidents are when a car pulls out from a side street and hits a cyclist on the right. In these cases, the driver was negligent of yielding to bicyclist’s the right of way. Another common cause is when a car fails to see a cyclist when making a right turn. There are plenty of other ways in which a driver’s negligence can cause bicycle accidents. If you have been a victim of a careless driver, it’s time to file a lawsuit and gain compensation for your losses. There are also times when a driver’s negligence causes an accident that results in death. If a family member was killed in a bicycle accident, you will want to file a wrongful death lawsuit with the help of our lawyers. Eldessouky Law’s bicycle accidents attorneys want to make sure that those that those who do not obey traffic laws are punished for hurting others or taking away the life of a family member.
Why does a person in a bicycle accident need an experienced attorney?
Just like other personal injury cases, what makes a strong case involving a bicycle accident is the duty of care. Both cyclists and drivers have an obligation to exercise a duty of care by obeying traffic laws. It’s important to prove that a driver neglected to exercise this care in order to make them liable for an accident. Examples of negligence form a driver are speeding, running a stop sign, drifting into a bike lane, and many more. Some actions may even be considered reckless. Our skilled West Covina bicycle accident attorneys will be able to help you prove this and build a strong case against a defendant.
Why choose Eldessouky Law?
Eldessouky Law’s team of experienced bicycle accident attorneys will make sure your case is handled with care. While the actual bicycle accident may have been stress inducing, hurtful, and unpleasant, our bicycle accidents lawyers want to make your journey to redemption seamless and successful. Call our office at 714-409-8991 to schedule a free consultation. One of our lawyers will go over all the details of your case and answer any questions you have. We also want to free you from any financial burdens by offering a zero fee guarantee. This means we will take on your case free of charge, and will only ask for a small fee if your case is won. If we don’t win, then you do not owe us anything. It’s time to take back your rights and take back the road by starting your lawsuit with the help of us today!