Some Common Bicycle Accident Scenarios
Regardless of where a fatal bicycle accident occurs, they’re often the result of the carelessness and negligence of drivers of motor vehicles. The general rule in California is that bicyclists have the same rights on the roadway as motorists, but given the narrow profile that bicycles present on the road, many motorists either fail to see them, don’t see them until it’s too late or simply forget about them after seeing them. Some common scenarios in fatal bicycle accidents involve motorists who:
- Turn left across traffic and crash into a bicyclist
- Turn right and into the path of a bicyclist
- Overtake bicyclists and rear-end or sideswipe them
- Open car doors into an oncoming bicyclist
The Statute of Limitations
You must act quickly to protect any rights that you might have in a wrongful death lawsuit. Evidence can disappear or be tampered with and witnesses can vanish. The general rule in California is that you have two years from the date of the accident or death to file a wrongful death action. If a public entity is involved, a claim must be filed within six months. These are strict rules, and there are very few exceptions.
Contact Bay Area Bicycle Law
Years of advocacy for injured cyclists have seasoned our attorneys with the necessary skills to handle bicycle accidents cases with the level of professional expertise.
We’re compassionate, and we understand what you’re experiencing with your loss. Work through the grief long enough to contact us to arrange for a free consultation and case evaluation. The California legislature has set short time limits on bringing claims and wrongful death lawsuits, especially if a governmental entity was involved. If we’re retained, no legal fees are even due unless we obtain a settlement or verdict for you. Bicyclists have the same rights on the road as drivers of motor vehicles. We are the only firm in Northern California to specialize exclusively in representing bicyclists, and we’re here to help your family in your time of need. Our goal is to maximize the compensation that you deserve for the wrongful death of your loved one. Contact us as soon as you can, and we can discuss your options on how to proceed.