San Francisco Bicycle Accident Lawyers
Injured in a Bay Area Bicycle Accident? We Can Help.
Rouda Feder Tietjen & McGuinn understands the importance of feeling safe and protected when riding your bike around the city. Some of our attorneys commute by bicycle ourselves, and we are proud supporters of the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition. We have even been included on their list of "bicycle-friendly lawyers."
If you have suffered serious injuries or your loved one was killed in a bicycle accident, you may be able to recover financial compensation for your injuries, pain and suffering, lost wages, property damages, and more. Our San Francisco bicycle accident attorneys can work to identify the liable party and help you achieve the results you deserve. To date, our firm has recovered more than $500 million for our clients.
Call Rouda Feder Tietjen & McGuinn at (415) 940-7176 to discuss your bike accident in a FREE consultation.
Common Causes of Bicycle Accidents
A negligent motorist who does not see the small frame of a bicycle approaching, or a driver who does not yield to a bicyclist when making a turn, can be the source of a serious, if not fatal, bicycle collision.
Five of the most common bicycle accidents include:
- Right-side obstruction
- Sudden right turn
- Unsafe left turn
- Opening doors
- Rear-end collisions
Seeking Compensation from Negligent Drivers
Drivers of cars, trucks, and other vehicles often do not enjoy sharing the road with bicyclists, but the law is clear: Bike riders have a legal right to use public roadways, and motorists must respect this right. When motorists fail to use reasonable caution around bicyclists, and a bicyclist is injured or killed as a result, the negligent motorist who caused the accident can be held financially responsible for the damages.
Bicycle accidents often result in serious injuries, including:
Whatever compensation you need for medical costs, missed income, pain and suffering, and more, we are ready to pursue this full and fair compensation on a no recovery, no fee basis. Our bicycle accident lawyers in San Francisco will charge you nothing upfront and nothing out-of-pocket. We only get paid if you do.
What to Do After a Serious Bike Accident
A bicycle accident is startling by nature. You had a destination and plans—and an accident was not one of them. You need to recognize the changed circumstances. A lot of people want to bounce up, say “I’m fine,” and return to the plan. The shock that comes from the incident can numb you to the severity of the incident.
We, therefore, recommend you take the following steps if you’ve been involved in a bike accident. If you end up okay, you may not need all the data you’ve gathered, but if you aren’t, you will have it available.
- Tell the other involved parties to wait: Have them wait and give a statement to the police. If they refuse or try to flee, get their plate number, vehicle make and model, and a description of the driver.
- Call 911: The police need to come take a statement, and you might need an ambulance or paramedic. If you are injured badly enough that you can’t do this yourself, ask someone to do it for you.
- Get contact information: You should get the driver’s contact information, insurance information, driver’s license number, and date of birth. You should also get the incident number from the police officer and ask witnesses for their contact information, including an email address or business card. Usually, a friendly witness will be willing to assist you in gathering this information if you cannot do it yourself.
- Doored? Remind the officer to cite the driver: Surprisingly, many officers are unfamiliar with California Vehicle Code Section 22517, which states that a driver cannot open a door on the side of moving traffic unless it is safe to do so. If the driver is cited for their actions, this will help you with the insurance adjuster later. Adjusters frequently try to put some of the blame for dooring incidents on the cyclist.
- Document the incident: Get pictures of your injuries and the damage to your bike. Ask the witnesses to write down what they saw and give you a copy of it. And request a copy of the incident report.
- Contact a lawyer before speaking to the insurance company: Speaking to a lawyer at our firm won't cost you anything. You may find that you don’t need a lawyer to resolve your case, but there’s a peace of mind that comes with discussing your case. A knowledgeable attorney can help address your concerns and prevent you from the potential pitfalls that come with dealing with an insurance company.
At Rouda Feder Tietjen & McGuinn, we represent bicyclists and their families in serious injury and wrongful death cases. We ride ourselves, and take pride in helping the Bay Area bicycling community.
Are you ready to get started on your case? Contact our bicycle accident attorneys in San Francisco to schedule your free case evaluation. Call (415) 940-7176.