Bike Accident Attorney Serving Riverside & San Bernardino
Every year in Riverside and San Bernardino, dozens of unsuspecting bicyclists become the victims of fatal accidents. In 2015, 93 bicyclists died (five under the age of 15) in Riverside and 54 bicyclists (three under the age of 15) died in San Bernardino. Negligent, distracted, and reckless drivers caused most of these accidents, striking bicyclists when they break roadway rules such as yielding the right-of-way. It is our job at DeWitt Algorri + Algorri, PC to assist bicycle accident victims during the processes of physical and financial recovery. Let us come to your aid as an injured bicyclist in Southern California.
Bicyclist Rights in California
It is a common (and dangerous) misconception in California that bicycles do not have the same rights on the roads as motor vehicles. According to California statutes, the law classifies bicycles as vehicles for the most part, with the same rights and responsibilities. Bicycles have the right to ride in the roadways with other vehicles. In fact, statutes in most cities mandate they do so instead of riding on sidewalks. Drivers who ignore or do not know bicycle laws in Southern California are those most likely to cause accidents. Bikers in the region have the following rights and responsibilities:
- Bicycles can ride anywhere as long as they move with the flow of traffic.
- Two bicycles can ride abreast of one another, but a bicycle and a motor vehicle cannot.
- Bicyclists must stick as far to the right side of the right lane as possible, except when making left turns or avoiding debris, curbs, or ditches.
- On roads with bicycle lanes, bikes must use these lanes instead of the road accept to pass or make a left turn.
- Bicycles and motorized bicycles cannot ride on California’s freeways or expressways.
- Bicycles must possess brakes, handlebars, a white headlight, and a rear red reflector.
- Bicyclists under the age of 18 must wear helmets in the State of California.
- Bicyclists cannot ride while under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
In many cases, drivers grow impatient when driving behind or around bicyclists. This leads to aggressive or reckless driving, and dangerous practices such as following and passing too closely. Drivers may also fail to watch for bicycles when pulling out into the road, causing a collision, or opening vehicle doors into bicycles. If you have reason to believe a vehicle driver caused your bicycle accident, talk to one of our attorneys as soon as possible. You may have the right to significant compensation for your injuries and property damage.
Experienced Bicycle Accident Lawyers in Southern California
Louis DeWitt, Mark Algorri, and Ernest Algorri have decades of combined experience in California bicycle accident law. They and their team of esteemed attorneys and paralegals have a firm understanding of the laws and factors involved in personal injury and property damage claims.
With help from our lawyers, you can explore your rights as an injured bicyclist in Riverside or San Bernardino; assign fault with a driver, product manufacturer, roadway maintenance crew, or other party; file a claim with the proper entity; and fight for just compensation through an insurance settlement or personal injury trial. Contact us for more information.