Bicyclists get no respect — at least from most motorists. Every cyclist knows this and experienced bicyclists follow have their own riding guidelines that are defensive in the extreme, even though San Diego is blessed with lots of bike trails and bike lanes on the roadways. But even for the most experienced riders, those defensive instincts aren't always enough. And too often, bicyclists assume that they are secondary citizens on the road. That is not the case, even though too many drivers would like to think so. Here are some examples of bicycle collisions that riders often assume they're responsible for:
Bicycle accidents such as these do NOT involve responsibility on the part of the rider. You're not invisible and not without rights. If a driver doesn't see you or doesn't understand that bicyclists have right-of-way protection, that does not excuse hazardous operation of the vehicle. Bicycle riders are required to observe the traffic laws governing vehicular use; but drivers are also required to allow bicyclists the same rights motor driven vehicles enjoy.
These are the scenarios that make it important to retain an experienced bicycle accident attorney who will represent your rights for insurance coverage, for driver negligence and for fair compensation. Your bicycle accident lawyer should look on your case as a traffic collision matter regardless of the types of vehicles involved — in other words, you have the same standing as the driver who struck you. Many insurance companies are not willing to compensate bicyclists who are injured in traffic accidents at the same level as automobile occupants. You need legal representation that can brush that attitude aside, in court if necessary.
There are other issues that may require a highly qualified bicycle accident attorney.
If you're a bicyclist in need of aggressive, thorough legal representation call the Law Offices of Anna R. Yum. Retain an advocate who understands that just like road rights, the legal rights of a bicyclist are equal to those of a motorist.