At Albert G. Stoll, A Law Corporation, we assist bicyclists throughout the San Francisco Bay Area who have been hit by cars, trucks, and buses. The unprotected nature of bicycles makes riders especially susceptible to accidents resulting in serious injuries, including traumatic brain injuries, spinal cord injuries, and severe broken bones. Whether your accident was caused by a reckless driver or the negligence of a government entity, our lawyers have the skills and experience to obtain the maximum recovery to which you are entitled.
Types of Bicycle Accidents
- Dangerous Roads. Bicycles are more susceptible than other vehicles to road hazards such as potholes, oil spills, and poorly maintained roads. However, regardless of where the fault lies, in many cases the police report will place responsibility with the cyclist. Even in these instances, a thorough investigation of the accident scene can often reveal a dangerous condition in the roadway, placing responsibility for the accident with either the city or a private party.
- Defective Part. Many bicycle accidents are caused because a component part, such as the gears, brakes, or wheels, was defective. If this occurs, it is important to keep all of the parts so that we can investigate any potential defects. If a defective part caused an accident, we can seek recovery from the responsible party, such as the manufacturer of the bicycle or the part. For information about cases involving defective products, please see our products liability page.
- Motorist error. Many bicycle accidents are caused due to driver error, if for example a driver fails to properly yield to a cyclist, misjudges the distance between the vehicle and bike, is under the influence of drugs or alcohol, or fails to signal before turning or changing lanes. In these cases, even if the police report does not place blame on the vehicle driver, we can reconstruct the accident and utilize a visibility study to determine what the driver should have been able to see and conclusively identify the liable party.
Seek Experienced Legal Counsel
If you or a loved one has been injured in a bicycle accident, it is important to consult with experienced attorneys as soon as possible so that we can preserve evidence and begin investigating what occurred. To schedule a free consultation to discuss your case, contact Albert G. Stoll, A Law Corporation today.