Southern California
Bicycle Accident Attorneys

Riding a bike might seem like a simple, fun activity, but we've seen firsthand the devastating consequences that can result from bicycle accidents. In our law practice in Southern California, we've helped numerous individuals and families who have been impacted by these unfortunate incidents.  

Why Trust Us With Your Case?

Here in Southern California, we've made it our mission to stand up for bicycle accident victims. Our professional bicycle accident attorneys have years of experience in this field. We know the ins and outs of bicycle accident law and are ready to put that knowledge to work for you. 

Personal Attention

We know that every case is unique, and we treat them that way. We'll take the time to listen to your story, understand your needs, and come up with a plan that's tailored to you. We're not just your attorneys, we're your advocates, and we'll stand by your side every step of the way. 

Comprehensive Representation

From gathering evidence to negotiating with insurance companies, we handle every aspect of your case. If it comes down to it, we're not afraid to take your case to court. We're committed to getting you the compensation you deserve, and we won't stop until we've achieved that. 

Proven Results

Over the years, we've recovered millions of dollars for our clients in bicycle accident cases. We're proud of our track record, and we're ready to bring that same level of dedication to your case. 

No Upfront Fees

We know that a bicycle accident can put a strain on your finances. That's why we work on a contingency fee basis. That means you don't have to worry about paying any legal fees unless we win your case.

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Common Causes of Bicycle Accidents

Bicycle accidents can happen in a variety of situations, such as collisions with cars, pedestrians, or even other cyclists.

They can also occur on busy city streets, quiet residential areas, or even within designated bike lanes. It's essential for everyone on the road — cyclists and motorists alike — to be aware of their surroundings and follow the rules of the road to prevent accidents.  

Several common causes of bicycle accidents in Southern California should be on every cyclist's radar. These include:

  • motorists failing to yield the right of way to cyclists,

  • distracted driving (like texting or using a cell phone while behind the wheel),

  • speeding,

  • reckless driving,

  • opening car doors without checking for oncoming cyclists, and

  • failure to follow traffic signals and signs.

Poorly designed or maintained roads and bike lanes can also pose a threat.  

By being aware of these common causes, cyclists can take proactive measures to protect themselves and minimize the risk of accidents. It's critical to always wear a helmet, use reflective gear, and follow traffic laws to ensure personal safety.  

Laws Protecting Cyclists in California

California has put specific laws in place to protect the rights and safety of cyclists. These laws aim to promote sharing the road and hold motorists accountable for their actions. Some key laws protecting cyclists in California include:

  • Three Feet for Safety Act, which requires motorists to maintain a minimum distance of three feet when passing a cyclist.

  • The Bicycle Helmet Law requires cyclists under the age of 18 to wear a helmet while riding.

  • Right-of-way laws require motorists to yield the right of way to cyclists when appropriate, just as they would for other vehicles.

  • Bike Lane Laws prohibit motorists from driving or parking in designated bike lanes, except in certain circumstances. They also mandate that people who ride bikes must ride as close to the right side of the road as practicable.

Everyone on the road – pedestrians, cyclists, and motorists – must be aware of these laws and adhere to them. Violations can result in fines and penalties, but more importantly, they can endanger lives. 

What to Do if You're in a Bicycle Accident

If you find yourself involved in a bicycle accident in Southern California, it's vital to take specific steps to protect your rights and ensure your well-being.

First and foremost, seek medical attention. Your health and safety should always be the top priority. Even if you think your injuries are minor, it's essential to get checked out for any potential underlying injuries.  

Next, if possible, document the accident scene. Take photos of the vehicles involved, any visible injuries, and the surrounding area. This documentation can be invaluable when filing an insurance claim or pursuing legal action.

Also, make sure to report the accident to local authorities and file a police report. This official documentation can support your case and provide an objective account of the accident.  

Don't forget to exchange information with all involved parties and any witnesses.

And lastly, consult with an attorney experienced in handling bicycle accident cases. They can guide you through the legal process, protect your rights, and help you pursue the compensation you deserve. 

Frequently Asked Questions About Bicycle Accidents

How long do I have to file a lawsuit after a bicycle accident in California?

In California, the statute of limitations for personal injury claims, including those from bicycle accidents, is generally two years from the date of the accident. However, if the claim is against a government entity, you may have only six months to file a claim. Consulting with an attorney as soon as possible after your accident can ensure you adhere to these deadlines. 

Can I still receive compensation if I was partially at fault for the bicycle accident? 

Yes, California follows a "pure comparative negligence" rule. This means that even if you were partly at fault for the accident, you could still recover compensation. However, your compensation amount will be reduced by your percentage of fault. For example, if you were found to be 30% at fault, you could still recover 70% of your damages from the other party. 

What if the driver who hit me fled the scene?

Hit-and-run bicycle accidents are unfortunately common. In these cases, you may still have options for recovery through your own insurance policy if you have uninsured motorist (UM) coverage. An experienced bicycle accident attorney can help you understand and navigate these claims. 

How much is my bicycle accident case worth?

The value of a bicycle accident case varies greatly depending on the specifics of the situation, including the severity of your injuries, the extent of your medical bills, lost wages, and other damages such as pain and suffering. An attorney can help assess your case's worth by taking into account all of these factors. 

Remember, each bicycle accident case is unique, and the answers to these FAQs may vary depending on the specifics of your case. Consulting with an experienced bicycle accident attorney can provide guidance tailored to your particular situation. 

Bicycle Accident Attorneys Serving Southern California

If you or a loved one has been involved in a bicycle accident, reach out to us. We're ready to sit down with you, review your case, and discuss your options. At the Law Offices of Steven Zwick, we're proud to serve clients across Southern California.

Our main office is conveniently located in Mission Viejo, and we've also established offices in Laguna Niguel, Rancho Santa Margarita, Laguna Hills, and Aliso Viejo. We even extend our services to clients in cities like Anaheim, Newport Beach, Irvine, and many more.  

We're committed to helping bicycle accident victims like you seek justice. Contact us today to schedule your free consultation. With us by your side, you can focus on what's most important — getting your health up to speed.

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