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As gas prices continue to fluctuate and the economy continues to falter in its recovery, more and more people are turning to bicycles in the Sacramento area as an alternative to their car on either a part-time or full-time basis. Bicycles are wonderful for the environment, lessening the crowding on our streets and parking lots and giving the rider a wonderful workout as part of their daily commute or errand trips. Unfortunately riding a bicycle on the road can pose some serious risks for the bicycle riders as accidents often lead to serious injuries.
Bicycle riders are subject to the same traffic rules as motorcycles, cars and commercial trucks. They must ride with the direction of traffic, either on the road or in a designated bicycle lane. Bicycle riders must use the proper safety equipment, which is a helmet for riders under the age of 18, and obey all traffic signals. Failing to follow the rules of the road can have serious consequences if you are injured in an auto v. bicycle accident. Our personal injury attorneys offer a free consultation if you believe you have suffered in a bicycle accident. The first step towards finding the best bicycle accident attorney for your case is an initial free consultation.
Comparative negligence is the legal term that refers to a situation where one or more people are responsible for an accident. The issue of comparative negligence often arises in bicycle accident cases. Most often a driver will contend that the bicyclist was not following the rules of the road or that his/her failure to wear a helmet, use bicycle lights or properly indicate turn signals, caused or contributed to the accident and/or the bicycle rider’s injuries.
If you have been involved in an accident and responsibility is not being placed 100% on the driver, you need an experienced Sacramento accident attorney to represent you. At the Tiemann Law Firm, our accident attorneys regularly handle Auto v. bicycle cases and can help you understand how an allegation of comparative negligence may affect your recovery and how we can fight it and win.
Many people are surprised to hear that in California if you are injured in an auto v. bicycle accident, your auto insurance may provide some coverage for you when you are riding a bicycle. If you have Medical Payments coverage you may be able to use that to access health care related to your injuries. If you were hit by an uninsured or underinsured driver and you carry UM/UIM coverage, your injuries and the damage to your bicycle may be covered under your own auto policy.
Working with an experienced Sacramento Injury Lawyer who can help you explore your auto insurance coverage and determine whether or not it offers additional coverage after a bicycle accident may be the difference in getting the medical treatment you need to start the healing process.
If you or a loved one has been injured in a bicycle accident, pick up the phone now and give us a call. At the Tiemann Law Firm we are happy to answer your questions and provide a free, no-obligation consultation to help you determine the next step to take.
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