San Diego Bicycle Accident Attorney
San Diego personal injury attorney Dean Goetz has represented and obtained sizeable settlements for numerous bicycle riders whose cases were rejected by other attorneys because they did not want to sue a City or a large road building contractor for negligence and damages.
My law office in the Ocean Building is right on California Highway 101 which is the most biked road in America and everyday all year long I see many bicyclists going by. All types of cyclists enjoy our year round bicycling weather from teams to recreational riders and families pulling trailers, even bicycle commuters.
Bicycling is a popular sport and means of transportation in Southern California so bicycle accidents are common. Typical hazards for bicyclists are other motor vehicles, but dangerous roadways and defective equipment may also present risks to the bicyclist.
A bicycle accident often occurs from the negligence or carelessness of a motorist while operating his or her vehicle.
A bicyclist may injured in the following common types of collisions:
- A motor vehicle driver’s inattention while passing a bicyclist
- Failure of a driver to look both directions when resuming travel after stopping at a stop sign
- A motor vehicle driver turning directly in front of a bicyclist
- Failure of a driver to yield at an intersection
- A motor vehicle driver running a red light or a stop sign
Under California law, bicyclists are subject to the same rights and responsibilities as an automobile or any other vehicle operator. If you are riding a bicycle, you are required to follow the same traffic laws as motorists and thus deserve the same protection provided to motorists by those laws.
If you or a loved one was injured or killed due to the fault of another party, you may file a claim against the negligent party and obtain compensation for injuries incurred.
Bicyclists often face prejudice just because they are on two wheels, similar to the type of bias that motorcyclists experience. This is why it is important, especially if you are injured, that you find an experienced bicycle attorney who will fight for your legal rights and who is experienced in handling these types of cases.
When a bicycle verses an auto collision occurs, it is too often that the bicyclist has serious injuries. Call a California personal injury attorney who is experienced at handling bicycle accidents as soon as possible if you have been injured in a bicycle accident to make sure that your rights are protected.
In addition to personal injury compensation you may be entitled to after a bicycle accident, your damaged bicycle gear is also damages you should be compensated for. I know how expensive bicycles can be and I will fight to make sure that bicyclists are rightfully compensated for their monetary damages to their bike equipment.
Bicycle Accident compensation may include the following benefits:
- Medical expenses
- Future medical expenses
- Lost wages and earning potential
- Compensation for permanent injury or disfigurement
- Compensation for pain and suffering
- Repair or replacement of your bike
- Compensation for other losses resulting from the accident