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The lawyers at Bay Area Bicycle Law are the leading bicycle-accident lawyers and bicycle-insurance lawyers in California, and the only lawyers who exclusively handle bicycle accident cases in Northern California. Unfortunately, the vast majority of attorneys in California who advertise as “specialists” in bicycle-accident cases are actually general personal-injury practitioners who do not realize that bicycle accidents present unique legal issues that make them entirely different from typical auto accidents or accidents involving other types of vehicles and situations.  Insurance coverage is different for cyclists; the laws regarding traffic collisions apply very differently when a bicycle is involved; and the injuries/medical issues commonly faced by someone injured while riding a bicycle are very different than those faced by someone who is injured while within a motor vehicle.

We pursue every reasonable avenue of recovery for you, find the best experts to support your case, and use the most innovative technology, investigation, and case-presentation techniques to maximize the amount of compensation you receive.

Because of our excellent reputation and track record and because of our diligent case-preparation and our skill, most of our cases are favorable settled out of court without our clients ever having to set foot inside a courtroom.  We regularly obtain settlements equal to or greater than ten times the medical expenses in a given case.  Many attorneys only obtain settlements in the amount of two to three times the medical expenses.

Our clients have all been extremely happy and satisfied with our case results. Endorsements from some of our clients can be found on the Testimonials page of our website.

What to Expect From Your Free, No-Obligation Consultation

When you contact our firm to receive your free, no-obligation consultation, our attorneys will  answer any questions you have and walk you through the the settlement/litigation process. We will also give you our sincere evaluation as to whether you would benefit from our services. If we think you will come out with more money in your pocket by handling your case yourself, we will tell you. Even after conducting our free consultation, you are under no obligation whatsoever to hire our firm, and if we decline to accept your case, we will help you find an attorney who can accept your case.

Bicycle Injuries/Fatalities in California

The National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration recently reported that in 2010 alone, at least 618 cyclists were killed and an additional 52,000 were injured in traffic collisions. Thus, cyclist deaths and injuries in 2010 accounted for at least 2% of all traffic-related fatalities and injuries. The only heartening news is that the number of cyclist injuries/fatalities has almost steadily decreased over the last eight years, but unfortunately, it still remains unacceptably high.

While California law provides that cyclists “have all the same rights and all the same duties” as motor vehicles upon the road, there is unfortunately a severe and inherent tension between the sharing of public roadways between cyclists and motor vehicles.

In conjunction with bicycle-advocacy and community groups such as the California Bicycle Coalition, the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition, the Silicon Valley Bicycle Coalition, the East Bay Bicycle Coalition, the Sonoma County Bicycle Coalition, the Napa County Bicycle Coalition, the Marin County Bicycle Coalition, and People Power, among others, we are working to make the roadways of the San Francisco bay area safer. However, they are still the location of an enormous number of bicycle injuries and fatalities. Although some bicycle collisions are caused by bicycle-operator error, the vast majority of injurious collisions occur as a result of motor vehicles operated by negligent drivers, reckless drivers, tortious drivers, drunk drivers, and criminally-liable drivers.

Bicycle-Accident Insurance Claims

While most drivers in the San Francisco bay area are insured, the unfortunate reality is that the insurance companies have the strongest business and financial incentive to pay an injured cyclist as little as possible, or nothing at all, IF the injured cyclist is NOT represented by an attorney. This negative incentive manifests in many ways and at various stages of the insurance claim process. In some cases an insurance company may start out by being very reasonable and by accepting liability and agreeing to pay the cyclist’s medical bills. Later, the very same insurer may state that some of the bills were unreasonable or unnecessary. The insurer will often later state that the cyclist should not receive any “pain and suffering” compensation, even though the cyclist may have had to suffer from a temporary, or even permanent, disability as a result of the collision.

The insurer may also state that it was later determined that the cyclist was in fact partially to blame for the accident, and that therefore the costs of medical treatment and lost wages should be paid for equally by the cyclist and the driver’s insurance company. The insurer will then only be willing to offer the cyclist 50% of what the cyclist is actually entitled to receive.

Fortunately, the skilled and experienced bicycle-accident attorneys at Bay Area Bicycle Law can prevent the insurance company from making these dishonest arguments.

We Can Help

If you (or a loved one) were injured by a careless, negligent, reckless, or drunk driver, we strongly recommend that you contact us immediately. Oftentimes, delay can result in the loss of important evidence or the loss of a better bargaining position in negotiations with the driver or the driver’s insurance company.

No matter how your accident occurred, you can be sure that the insurance company already has its team of handlers working to reduce or deny your claim. We will protect and enforce your right to compensation.

Thorough and Diligent Investigation

When handling your bicycle-accident case, our firm will hire the most renowned accident-reconstruction expert necessary to establish that you were not at fault, and that the negligent driver was in fact at fault for causing your injuries. We will also examine the location of your collision, to ensure that we have the proper understanding of the physical circumstances.

Our firm will also hire medical/injury experts to help establish that your injuries and losses are real and significant. These experts can also prevent the insurance company from asserting that your injuries are less severe than they actually are. We will not take a quick settlement merely to boost our bottom line, as is the practice of so many personal-injury firms, but instead will work to the best of our ability to get you every singel dollar to which you are entitled.

In addition, we will find, contact, and interview each and every witness who has any evidence or saw or heard anything that could possibly help your claim. You need a firm who will leave no stone unturned.

The Proper Legal Strategies

After considering the specific facts of your case, the specialists at Bay Area Bicycle Law will know exactly which legal claims to bring on your behalf. These may include claims for negligence, recklessness, violations of the California Vehicle Code, insurance “bad faith,” agency/vicarious liability, negligent entrustment, negligent infliction of emotional distress, and spoliation of evidence, among others.

In cases in which the driver violated multiple provisions of the California Vehicle Code, it is important to choose the most legally-compelling violation on which to base the cyclist’s claim. Unfortunately, most attorneys choose the first one that pops into their head, without considering the hidden legal ramifications or defenses that can come back later to hurt the cyclist’s case.

Maximizing Your Bicycle-Accident Compensation

While most cyclists, and even most attorneys are unaware of this, California cyclists who are injured by the negligent/wrongful acts of a driver are entitled to receive a wide array of financial compensation. In a typical case, depending on the circumstances, an injured cyclist may be legally entitled to recover compensation for the cyclist’s past physical pain, future physical pain, past/future emotional suffering, past/future wage loss, the reasonable value of assistance-services provided by friends/family, loss of future earning, loss of enjoyment of life, property damage, and other categories.

We will properly evaluate your claim and seek to recover for you each and every category of compensation to which you are entitled. We will work your doctors/medical providers to prove that your injuries are real, and will work with you to prove the fullest extent of how the injuries have diminished your life. Part of this involves the use of your “injury diary.” To learn more about this crucial part of your claim, see our tips for keeping an “injury diary.”

If you were injured by a careless, negligent, reckless, or drunk driver, we strongly recommend that you contact us immediately. Oftentimes, delay can result in the loss of important evidence or the loss of a better bargaining position in negotiations with the driver or the driver’s insurance company.

No matter how your accident occurred, you can be sure that the insurance company already has its team of handlers working to reduce or deny your claim. We will protect and enforce your right to compensation.

Depending on the specific facts of your case, we know exactly which legal claims to bring on your behalf. These may include claims for negligence, recklessness, violations of the California Vehicle Code, insurance “bad faith,” agency/vicarious liability, negligent entrustment, negligent infliction of emotional distress, and spoliation of evidence, among others.

We are very experienced in handling such claims. We invite you to contact our firm for a free courtesy consultation.

We have successfully represented clients in the following California counties:

  • Alameda
  • Contra Costa
  • Humboldt
  • Los Angeles
  • Marin
  • Napa
  • Santa Clara
  • Orange
  • Placer
  • San Francisco
  • Sonoma
  • San Mateo
  • Salano
  • Stanislaus