San Diego Bike Accident Attorneys
When a bicyclist is involved in an accident with a motor vehicle, it is usually the bicyclist who is most injured. The human body offers little protection from several thousand pounds of metal in motion. Bike accidents can result in very serious injuries and fatalities. If you have been injured in a bicycle accident that was caused by driver negligence or recklessness, you are entitled to compensation.
At the personal injury law firm of Martinez & Schill LLP, we are experienced in helping injured bicyclists obtain full compensation for their injuries. Whether we are negotiating with insurance companies or arguing your case before a judge, we vigorously represent our clients’ rights.
Bicycle Riding Can Be Dangerous
San Diego has been taking measures to make it a bike-friendly location. That said, driver awareness and willingness to share the roadway are key elements in keeping cyclists safe on our roadways.
At Martinez & Schill LLP, we are experienced in representing injured cyclists throughout San Diego County. We invite you to call us today and schedule a free consultation to get your questions answered. If we can help you recover compensation for your injuries, there will be no fee until you get paid.
Protecting The Legal Rights Of Cyclists Throughout San Diego County
Biking is a popular pastime and mode of transportation throughout San Diego County. According to the California Vehicle Code, drivers are obligated to share the road with bicycles just like they share the road with other cars. Unfortunately, this is not always the case. Bicycle accidents have many causes, including when the car driver:
- Fails to maintain the proper distance from the bike when passing it
- Fails to see the bicycle because of distracted driving
- Makes a turn in front of a bicyclist
- Runs a stop light or stop sign
- Opens door without looking and hits a cyclist
- Fails to yield to a cyclist when making a left turn – this accident occurs most often with children crossing at crosswalks
There are also accidents in which the bicyclist may be at least partially at fault for the collisions. These include when the bicyclist:
- Rides on the wrong side of the road
- Fails to stop at a stop sign or stop light
- Operates the bike recklessly
In California, if the biker was partially at fault, that can reduce the amount of the financial reward. For example, if the judge or jury decides that the bicyclist was 50% responsible for the accident, then the amount of the award would be reduced by 50%. Even when you feel like you share a significant amount of the blame for the accident, it is wise to hire an attorney to investigate. Finding legal assistance immediately is recommended so that your attorney will be able to compile evidence and witness statements while events are still fresh and the accident scene is unchanged.
How To Reach Martinez & Schill LLP
If you have been injured or a loved one has been killed in a bicycle accident, contact us to schedule a free consultation to discuss your case. Our San Diego bike accident lawyers will answer all your questions and get the ball rolling on your case. Call our San Diego office at 619-512-5995 or our Riverside office at 951-290-3367.