If you were injured in a bicycle accident, you should seriously consider hiring a personal injury lawyer. When it comes to bicyclists, many drivers hold animosity and biases against them. This animosity often comes from drivers not wanting to share the road. Because there are generally far more drivers than bicyclists in Southern California, often the bicyclist gets blamed, at least in part, for an accident. Insurance companies and car drivers will often allege that the bicyclist was riding outside of a bike lane, was riding the wrong way on the road, was illegally riding within a crosswalk, was unlawfully riding on a sidewalk, or made an illegal or sudden turn at the time of or immediately before the accident.
Bicycle ordinances vary from city to city, so it is important that bicyclists be informed of the law and of their rights. A good lawyer will know or research applicable laws and obtain evidence to counter insurance companies’ and drivers’ accusations, will interview witnesses, and will make compelling arguments as to why the car driver should be held 100% responsible.