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Bicyclist Rights and Responsibilities After an Accident

Unfortunately, many people are killed and injured in accidents involving bicycles each year. In many cases, the bicyclists were following the rules of the road, but because of a careless driver, they were hurt. If you’ve been injured or your loved one was killed in a bike accident, you can file a personal injury claim against the at-fault party.

As you proceed, it’s very important to understand what bicyclists’ rights and responsibilities are after an accident. Read on for more information.

Bicyclist Safety Rules

The main responsibility you have on the road is to take proper precautions to protect yourself while riding your bicycle. Here are some of the ways you can avoid a collision or minimize your injuries in the event that an accident does occur:

  • Obey traffic signs and signals.
  • Protect yourself by wearing a helmet and safety gear.
  • Be alert and focused.
  • Use bike lanes.
  • Be aware of hazards like potholes, debris, and opening car doors.
  • Keep your bicycle in good working order.

Bicyclists’ Rights and Responsibilities in California

If you are involved in a collision with a motorist, you have rights. You can seek damages from the person who injured you. You may end up with extensive medical bills; you may miss out on work; you may be dealing with physical pain for months. You deserve to be compensated for any injuries you sustained in a bike accident you didn’t cause.

To obtain compensation, you have a few responsibilities. Take a look at the ways you can help your bicycle injury claim reach a successful outcome:

  • Seek medical attention immediately.
  • Follow your doctor’s orders.
  • Ensure that you document your injuries and losses.
  • Obtain witness statements, if possible.
  • Have someone take photos of the accident scene.
  • Call a personal injury attorney who can protect your rights.

A San Diego Bicycle Accident Lawyer to Help with Your Case

If you’ve been injured in a bicycle accident, you may be entitled to damages. The Kindley Firm, APC, can advise you on bicyclist rights and responsibilities after your accident.

We can also help you file a claim against the person who hurt you. To speak with a bicycle accident attorney in San Diego during a free case evaluation, complete the online contact form below or call us at 619-550-1313.



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