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Understanding Bicycle Accidents in California 

February 15, 2023

For the past few years, bicycle accidents have been on the rise in California. There are a variety of factors that can contribute to these incidents, including distracted or negligent drivers, poor road conditions, and inadequate safety equipment. If you’ve been involved in a bicycle accident where another vehicle driver was at fault, it’s important to understand your rights and how to navigate the legal process. 

California Laws Regarding Bicycle Accidents

In California, cyclists are afforded many of the same rights as drivers and must obey the same rules of the road. This means that cyclists must obey traffic signals and signs just like any other motorist, yield right-of-way when appropriate, and ride with traffic—not against it. It also means that motorists are required to share the road with cyclists by giving them sufficient space and not driving recklessly around them. In cases where a cyclist is injured due to a driver’s negligence or recklessness, they may be able to seek financial compensation for their injuries under California law. 

Filing an Insurance Claim After a Bicycle Accident

The first step after being medically treated after being involved in a bicycle accident is to contact your insurance provider immediately and file an insurance claim. If you were not at fault for the incident, you may need to file an uninsured motorist claim against your own policy if the driver who caused the accident does not have adequate coverage or did not have insurance at all. Your insurance provider should be able to provide more information on what type of coverage you have available in this situation. It’s important to note that you will likely need to provide evidence such as photographs of the scene of the accident and witness statements from people who saw what happened in order for your claim to be successful.   

Hiring an Attorney After a Bicycle Accident

If you have sustained serious injuries due to a bicycle accident or if liability is disputed between yourself and another party, it may be beneficial for you to hire an attorney who specializes in bicycle accidents. The attorneys at Bogaards Law will be able to review your case thoroughly and determine whether there is enough evidence for you to pursue legal action against those responsible for your injuries. They will also be able to estimate how much compensation you should expect from any settlement offers made by other parties involved in your case so that you can make sure you receive fair compensation for your losses. Additionally, they can help guide you through the entire process of filing an insurance claim, getting medical treatment, or pursuing legal action so that everything goes as smoothly as possible. 

Bicycle Accident Lawsuit Consultation

Bicycle accidents can lead to severe physical injuries as well as financial losses due to medical bills associated with treatment costs. If you find yourself dealing with a bicycle accident where another vehicle driver was at fault, understanding what rights apply under California law can help ensure that justice is served and protect your interests during negotiations with other parties involved in your case. Knowing when it’s time to contact an attorney specializing in bicycle accidents can also help ensure that all claims are handled correctly so that you receive fair compensation commensurate with your losses incurred from the ordeal. Always remember—you don’t have to go through this alone! Contact The Bogaards Team for a consultation on your specific case.


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