Riding bikes on the streets of San Francisco can be very dangerous, even for the most experienced cyclist. Often, the inattentiveness of other vehicles on the road can be the sole or primary cause of bicycle collisions.
Even if the police report is against you, you may still be able to be compensated for your loss. California is a comparative fault state, meaning even if you are partially at fault and another person is partially at fault, you still have a right to recover for your loss.
Call the bicycle lawyers at the Law Offices of Arnold Laub for a free consultation to learn more about your rights.
The Law Offices of Arnold Laub supports and is a member of the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition.
1. What should I do if I get into a bike accident?
2. I was riding my bike down the street, when a door flew open causing me to fall and be injured, who is at fault?
3. I was in a bike accident and I wasn't wearing a helmet. Does that affect my case?
4. Is there any type of insurance, other than medical insurance, that would cover the medical bills from my bicycle accident?
Q: What should I do if I get into a bike accident?
A: It's always a good idea to first call the police when you are injured in a bike accident. This will keep a record of the accident and can also help with providing insurance and witness information. If there are witness on the scene it's always important to get their information to verify how the accident occurred. Taking photos is another important thing to do if you are involved in an accident. It's helpful to document exactly where the accident occurred, as well as the property damage and personally injuries involved.
Q: I was riding my bike down the street, when a door flew open causing me to fall and be injured, who is at fault?
A: California Vehicle Code Section 22517 states that a car door may be opened on the traffic side of a vehicle only when it is reasonably safe to do. A common type of bicycle accident in the city is being "doored." Bicyclists have a right to be sharing the road with other vehicles and it is the duty of the person opening the vehicle door to ensure that it is safe to open the door.
Q: I was in a bike accident and I wasn't wearing a helmet. Does that affect my case?
A: It will likely affect the severity of the injuries you suffered, and that's why we encourage all cyclists to wear helmets, however it should have no affect on the liability portion of your case. Cyclists over the age of 18 are not required to wear a helmet in California.
Q: Is there any type of insurance, other than medical insurance, that would cover the medical bills from my bicycle accident?
A: Yes. If you or someone you live with owns a car that has a medical pay provision on it, there may be coverage for this bicycle accident. Medpay is a no fault provision on a driving insurance policy that will pay for medical bills related to an accident. You do not always need to be in that car for the coverage to kick in. Often there is also coverage when you are a pedestrian or on a bike.
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