Do you know your rights on the road?
Bicyclists have almost the same rights as motorists when riding in the street, with few variations. Cyclists obviously cannot accelerate as quickly as motor vehicles, nor can they travel as fast in most cases. As a result, bicyclists are restricted to the rightmost side of the road unless making a legal left or right turn, or when travelling in a bike lane. Motorists sharing the road must give cyclists adequate space when passing and must yield the right of way when turning or changing lanes, just like they do with other motorists. Failure to do so could result in a serious accident for which the cyclist is not liable.
Who is liable for my bicycle accident?
Few bicycle accidents are the cyclist's fault, especially in bicycle and car accidents. Most of these collisions are the fault of the motorist who failed to pay attention or yield the right-of-way. Other bicycle accidents are caused by defective bicycle equipment. As long as you were following the rules of the road and were properly equipped to ride (including reflectors, brakes, helmet, etc.),then you have every right to file a personal injury claim against the motorist who hit you.
Speak with an Oceanside Bicycle Accident Lawyer
Retain an attorney from the Law Firm of Richard L. Duquette today if you've been involved in a bike accident. As an avid cyclist myself, I know the laws and bicyclist rights in Oceanside and can give an edge to your representation. I investigate each case in depth, file motions if necessary, and even conduct mock trials when it is in the client's best interest. With 33 years of both legal and athletic experience, I have what it takes to maximize your compensation. Fill out my free case evaluation and speak with an Oceanside personal injury attorney about your case. Contact my firm right away to get started!