San Diego Bicycle Accident Lawyer

Representing the Victims of San Diego Cycling Accidents

With an extensive network of bike paths, bicycle lanes, and recreational and competitive events for serious bicycle enthusiasts, San Diego offers a broad range of opportunities for anyone interested in bike riding as a fitness or commuting option. Unfortunately, too many motorists are still unaccustomed to sharing the roads and highways with bikes, and extremely serious, even fatal, injuries can result from bicycle-motor vehicle accidents.

A typical passenger car can literally barrel through a group of cyclists, causing serious injuries. Even when wearing helmets, bicycle riders are at an extremely high risk of injury in collisions with automobiles because they are otherwise unprotected from harm. Internal organ damage, spinal injuries and broken bones are likely, and a cyclist may sustain head trauma even when wearing a helmet if he or she is struck hard enough.

At The McClellan Law Firm, we believe in holding negligent drivers accountable for their conduct. To discuss your legal rights after a bike accident and how a San Diego personal injury lawyer can help you seek justice, please call our offices. Your initial consultation is free and confidential.

Helping Clients Recover After Bike Crashes in San Diego

To learn how we can help you or a loved one after a serious bicycle accident, call (619) 215-1488 to schedule a free consultation with a San Diego bike accident lawyer. With more than 120 verdicts and settlements over $1 million, we have proven our ability to establish liability against negligent drivers who cause serious injuries.

We can help bring a bike accident claim against a driver and/or another responsible party such as:

  • Motor vehicle manufacturers for unsafe auto design
  • Helmet manufacturers for product defects
  • State or local transportation agencies for unsafe road/highway design
  • Highway construction companies for improper maintenance or negligent construction
  • Commercial property owners for unsafe parking lot, sidewalk or driveway conditions

We also have helped bicyclists injured in hit-and-run accidents. Our personal injury lawyers' commitment to maximum physical and financial recovery through the identification and presentation of all claims against all possible defendants can mean the difference between a full recovery and a less than adequate settlement.

How Do Bicycle Accidents Often Occur?

Bicycle accidents can occur in just about any manner imaginable; however, there are certain types of bike crashes that occur more often than others. For example, bicycle accidents frequently occur at stop signs. This could occur because the cyclist pedals out into the intersection when a car has the right of way. In other cases, a bicycle with the right-of-way may be going into an intersection without a stop sign when a car approaches.

Other common “types” of bicycle accidents include the following:

  • Left Turn Accidents – This occurs when a motorist turns left in front of a bicyclist going straight. In this situation, the bicyclist could be hit from the side or run into the right side of the vehicle.
  • Right Turn Accidents – This occurs when a motorist swoops in front of a bicyclist when turning right at an intersection, cutting the bicyclist off. Generally, these accidents are the fault of the vehicle.

Regardless of how a bicycle accident occurred, if you have been injured, you should not hesitate to get the help that you need from a skilled San Diego bicycle accident attorney. At The McClellan Law Firm, we represent injured cyclists throughout the local area and are ready to fight for you. Contact us for your free case review.

Safety Tips for San Diego Bicyclists

More and more people are seeing the benefits of riding their motorcycles and bicycles for pleasure and for commuting. While such methods of transportation are similar, there are certain unique safety challenges to riding safety bicycles. While riding a bicycle, an individual is open to external elements. Safety protection is limited and therefore riding can be dangerous if bicyclists do not follow safe riding practices.

To continue to bring awareness to bicycle safety and reduce bicycle accidents, we would like to share some important tips for everyone who rides a bicycle or shares the roads with bicyclists:

  • Be Prepared
    One of the best things a bicyclist can do is be prepared. Bicyclists should make sure their bicycles are well maintained and in good working order, including effective brakes and properly inflated tires. A rider whose bicycle is in good shape helps reduce the chance for some mechanical failure to lead to an accident.

  • Obey the Law
    Like drivers, bicyclists have laws governing their use of the roadways. They should obey all traffic signals and signs, ride with traffic rather than against it and use the rightmost lane when possible. Obeying traffic laws is not optional. These laws exist to prevent dangerous situations.

  • Be Smart
    Being smart about one's actions when riding a bicycle can often be the difference between avoiding a catastrophe and being in the middle of one. This is why bicyclists must make their intentions on the road clear so others who share the road are aware and can avoid an accident. Also, it is a good idea to wear brightly colored clothing so riders are highly visible, especially under less than ideal conditions.

Click here for bicycle safety tips from the CDC or information about California bicycle laws.

Contact a California Bicycle Accident Lawyer: (619) 215-1488

To learn more about our approach to client service in a bicycle or pedestrian accident, contact us or call us at (619) 215-1488 to speak with an experienced personal injury lawyer in San Diego.

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