If you have been injured in a bicycle accident on a sidewalk, contact us today for a free and confidential consultation.
Bay Area Bicycle Law is the only personal injury law firm in Northern California to specialize exclusively in representing injured bicyclists. Years of advocacy for injured cyclists have seasoned our attorneys with the necessary skills to handle bicycle accidents cases with the highest level of professional expertise.
Accidents with Cars on Bay Area Sidewalks
Some of the cities in the Bay Area include San Francisco, Oakland, San Jose, Berkeley, Palo Alto and Santa Rosa. Of course, there are several more. In most cities in the Bay Area, cyclists are not supposed to ride on sidewalks. But, as a cyclist, you may ride on the sidewalk for your own safety when a road is unsafe for bicycle traffic.
A common legal issue we encounter at Bay Area Bicycle Law is liability arguments when cars hit a bike on the sidewalk. Who is at fault?
If you’ve been hit by a car by someone pulling out from a side street or out of a driveway, contact us right away. Most insurers are going to try to blame you for your injuries, even if a motorist wasn’t paying attention to where they were going.
Beware of the Statute of Limitations
On any case that you have against a property owner or motorist, you have two years from the date of injury to file your lawsuit. If you’re going to include a governmental entity, you have only six months to file your lawsuit against that governmental entity. Failure to file a personal injury lawsuit against a governmental entity within that six month deadline will likely be cause to have your case dismissed. That happens in California courts every day, and there are very few exceptions to the rule.
Given the liability complexities with any sidewalk bicycle accident in California, you really don’t want to tackle those issues yourself. Then you have to grapple with the comparative negligence and damages issues on the case. You’ll need a knowledgeable, experienced and aggressive California bicycle accident law firm with you from your first step out of the starting gate.
Contact Bay Area Bicycle Law After any Bicycle Accident on a Sidewalk
Contact us right away after any California sidewalk bicycle accident for a free consultation and case review. We’ll get the attention of any person or entity who might be responsible for your accident and injuries.