Most bicyclists understand they need to be cautious when they go out riding. However, a cyclist should never have to worry about being harmed due to a roadway hazard that has not been removed or repaired. Unfortunately, there are times when municipal authorities fail to inspect and maintain the roadway or bike paths properly. At Choulos, Choulos & Wyle, our San Francisco bicycle accident attorneys want to discuss liability for roadway hazard accidents.
After sustaining an injury on a bicycle caused by roadway hazard, you need an attorney with extensive experience handling these specific cases. Choulos, Choulos & Wyle is here to help.
When dealing with a bicycle accident caused by roadway hazards, the cyclist is often left going against government agencies who have insurance carriers and legal teams on their side. A skilled San Francisco bicycle accident lawyer will have the experience and resources necessary to thoroughly investigate your case and pursue maximum compensation.
Your attorney will also understand and know how to deal with limited time frames to file lawsuits against government agencies in California (six months as opposed to two years for traditional personal injury claims).
Governmental authorities (state, county, city) are typically responsible for ensuring that roadways and bike paths are regularly inspected and maintained. This is necessary to prevent roadway hazards that could cause serious accidents for bicyclists. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), some of the most common hazards that bicyclists face include:
In each of these situations, the roadway hazard could cause a bicyclist to lose control of their bike and crash. It is not uncommon for roadway hazards to cause severe injuries to riders, including broken or dislocated bones, concussions, sprains and strains, traumatic brain injuries, severe road rash, spinal cord injuries, and more.
If you or somebody you love has been injured in a bicycle accident that was caused by a hazard on the roadway, you may be entitled to compensation for what happened. At Choulos, Choulos & Wyle, we are here to help determine whether or not the incident was caused by the negligence of someone else, including governmental agencies responsible for roadway maintenance. We will work to secure the following types of compensation:
If you need a San Francisco bicycle accident attorney after a crash caused by roadway hazard, you can contact us for a free consultation of your case by clicking here or calling us at (415) 432-7290 or (877) 702-7800.