Riding your bike, especially in a big city like Los Angeles, can help you save time and money, since you don’t have to rely on public transportation or buy gas for your car every week. However, with such a large number of vehicles on the roads and freeways, it’s important to be aware when riding your bike through traffic. At Halpern & Associates, we’ve handled many personal injury cases that involve bicycle accidents, and it’s important to know who caused the accident and what the circumstances were surrounding the incident.
Insurance companies will often cite the California Vehicle Code to determine if the cyclist was riding on the correct side of the road, and if they were obeying all traffic laws. If a driver hits a cyclist, can it be determined that the cyclist was visible and riding with the flow of traffic, or were they maneuvering in and out of traffic, riding on both the sidewalk and the street? In order to recover damages for your bicycle accident, we have to know who caused the incident and who is ultimately responsible.
If you’ve been hurt while riding your bike in traffic, make sure that first and foremost, your injuries are attended to immediately. If possible, take video or photos of the scene, and take down the driver’s license and insurance information. When you contact us to be your personal injury attorney in Los Angeles, the more we have from you, the better we can craft your case to be a successful one.