While serious bicyclists are well aware of safety risks and constantly alert for hazards, no one goes on a ride expecting to be injured in a crash. After a motor vehicle hits someone on a bike, sometimes the priority is critical and obvious: get emergency medical attention for all who need it. In other cases you may be faced with decisions that are very important to protecting your insurance claim or potential lawsuit.
Our experienced Bay Area bicycle accident lawyers’ affinity with the bicycle community is a key asset for the clients we represent. We know the law, the rules of the road, and how to investigate a bike accident to determine fault and liability. You can always contact us with your questions, but here are a few we hear often:
First, whatever your involvement, stop on the scene and seek medical attention for anyone who has been hurt — including yourself. Fulfill your lawful obligation by cooperating with police, but take care not to admit any possible fault or traffic violation (as in, “I’m not sure if I looked before riding into the intersection”) to anyone. Definitely avoid giving a statement to an insurance adjuster without first consulting a personal injury lawyer.
Please do not underestimate a sore knee, injured back, or any type of head trauma. We have worked with many clients whose injuries turned out to be more severe than they initially thought, leading to costly medical expenses and missed work. Play it safe with your own health — and with your right to compensation.
A cracked frame, twisted or broken fork, brake failure or other unusual outcome involving your bicycle may justify legal action against the manufacturer. Our respected San Francisco firm has extensive experience analyzing possible bike manufacturing and design defects, and we have succeeded with a wide range of products liability claims.
There are no up-front fees when you turn to our lawyers for a case evaluation. We focus on serious injury and wrongful death claims and will be honest with you if we cannot take your case. If we are able to represent you, we charge attorney fees only if and when you receive compensation via settlement or a verdict at trial.