Oakland Bicycle Accident Lawyer
Bicyclists have a legal right to share the roadway with motor vehicles, but you would never know that by the way some drivers behave around bicycles. Some of the most common types of bike collisions are caused by:
- Cars and trucks driving too close to the biker
- Cars making a sudden right-hand turn in front of a biker in a right-hand bike lane
- Cars making an unsignalled left-hand turn in front of a bicycle, or swerving into the bicyclist's lane
Sadly, children are very often the victims of bicycle accidents.
Bicycle Accident Attorneys in Oakland
If you were hit by a car while riding a bike, or your child suffered serious injuries in a bicycle accident, talk with an Oakland bicycle accident lawyer who understands by contacting the Law Offices of David G. Smith. We help injured people and families grieving the wrongful death of a loved one to obtain financial recovery for their losses. Call 510-431-2598 | 925-308-6484 or contact us online today, our bike accident attorneys in Oakland have helped bicycle accident victims throughout the Bay Area for over 30 years.
The Issue of Fault in Bicycle Accidents
In many bicycle accidents, it's a car or truck driver who was at fault. It's common to hear drivers say: "I didn't see him." That might be the truth, but it's not an excuse. If the biker was following all the laws, the driver is 100 percent at fault in causing the injuries. It is the responsibility of drivers to be vigilant.
Sometimes the bicyclist was not following the law and may have been partially at fault in the accident. The cyclist can still make a partial financial recovery against the insurance company of the motor vehicle.
Bicyclists are sometimes the victim of hit and run drivers. In those cases, there is no other insurance company to bring a case against, but the cyclist can often bring a claim against his or her own car insurance company if there is uninsured / underinsured motorist coverage.
Before you decide that you have no case, have a bicycle accident attorney in Oakland to assess your case. David G. Smith has handled many bicycle accident cases in the San Francisco Bay Area. He can give you a good idea about whether you should move forward with a claim. And there is never a charge for an initial consultation.
Other Causes of Bike Accidents in Oakland
Cars and trucks aren't the only cause of serious or fatal accidents. Poor road maintenance could have caused dangerous road conditions, causing the bicycle to stop suddenly or spin out, resulting in "road rash" or fractures. Equipment failures to the bicycle, wheel rims, chains or brakes can cause bicycle crashes. And bike helmet failures could turn a serious accident into a fatal head injury.
Contact an Oakland Bike Accident Attorney Today!
It can take time to understand the full scope of your injuries and the recovery that's possible for you. Our Oakland bicycle accident attorney never allows our clients to rush into an early settlement before the full cost of the injuries is known. You have only one chance at compensation, so we want to ensure you receive the full compensation you deserve. If the insurance company is unwilling to offer a fair settlement, we will take your case to court.
Call us today to get answers to your questions if you or a loved one has been injured in a bicycle accident: 510-431-2598 | 925-308-6484 or e-mail us today to get the legal representation from an Oakland bike accident attorney you need. It costs you nothing to find out if you have a valid personal injury claim.
"I was injured in two separate automobile accidents which were two years apart. In addition to the injuries sustained in those accidents I had other serious medical problems which made both cases much more complicated. Patiently and professionally Mr. Smith navigated both accident claims with four different insurance companies and obtained total settlements for both cases that we were very happy with. "
, Oakland, California