Call 24/7 for a Free Case Review

(888) 233-5020

Bicycle Accident FAQs

Frequently Asked Questions

If I am injured while riding my bicycle, what parties can I recover damages from?

Can I still bring a lawsuit against the driver if I was hurt while not properly riding my bicycle? (Not wearing a helmet, no reflectors, on wrong side of street, etc.)

I was seriously injured by a sidewalk defect (pothole). Do I have a case?

How soon do I need to bring a case after a bicycle accident?

A motor vehicle driver didn't actually hit me, but their actions caused my accident and injuries. Can they still be held liable?

Does California law require me to wear a helmet when bicycling?

The police report for my accident states that the driver was at fault, why do I need the representation of an attorney?

Should I talk to the insurance adjuster before consulting an attorney?

Can I use my family lawyer to negotiate a settlement for my bicycle accident?


Q: If I am injured while riding my bicycle, what parties can I recover damages from?

A: Depending on the circumstances surrounding your bike accident, you can possibly recover from the negligent vehicle driver, the vehicle owner, manufacturer or retailer of the bicycle or vehicle, the bicycle repair shop, and/or the City of San Diego or whichever entity controls and maintains the road where the accident happened.

Back to the top


Q: Can I still bring a lawsuit against the driver if I was hurt while not properly riding my bicycle? (Not wearing a helmet, no reflectors, on wrong side of street, etc.)

A: Yes, but your settlement may be limited by the percentage of fault you are found to have in causing the accident (ex: If you are 30% at fault for the accident, you may only recover 70% from your claim).

Back to the top


Q: I was seriously injured by a sidewalk defect (pothole). Do I have a case?

A: It depends on the location of the pothole and whether it was created as a result of someone's negligence or created naturally. Generally, though the longer the pothole has existed and the larger the pothole is, the greater the chance that you have a case.

Back to the top


Q: How soon do I need to bring a case after a bicycle accident?

A: Since bicycle accidents are considered personal injury cases, the injured cyclist or surviving family have two years from the accident date to bring a claim in California. However, if the at-fault party is a city bus or other government owned entity, you only have six months after the accident to file a claim.

Back to the top


Q: A motor vehicle driver didn't actually hit me, but their actions caused my accident and injuries. Can they still be held liable?

A: Yes. If a driver runs you off the road or forces you to take evasive maneuvers to avoid being hit by them, you may certainly pursue a case against them if you can prove them liable.

Back to the top


Q: Does California law require me to wear a helmet when bicycling?

A: While we at the Jurewitz Law Group strongly recommend that all bicycle riders wear helmets, California law only requires children under the age of 18 to wear an approved helmet.

Back to the top


Q: The police report for my accident states that the driver was at fault, why do I need the representation of an attorney?

A: If you don't have an attorney, the amount of your settlement will be left up to an insurance adjustor. Insurance adjusters work for the driver's insurance company and it is their job to minimize the amount their company pays to accident victims. An attorney will work directly for you to get you the best settlement possible.

Back to the top


Q: Should I talk to the insurance adjuster before consulting an attorney?

A: By all means, NO! Never speak to an insurance adjuster, accept any recommendations of an insurance adjuster, or offer an insurance adjuster any information about your accident. Never speak with an adjuster before consulting an attorney.

Back to the top


Q: Can I use my family lawyer to negotiate a settlement for my bicycle accident?

A: Legally, yes, but we don't recommend it. Like physicians, lawyers usually limit their practices to a certain arena of law, such as patent law, real estate law, medical malpractice law, etc. To get the best results in your case, we recommend seeking the representation of an experienced San Diego bicycle accident attorney. Jurewitz Law Group can be reached at (619) 233-5020 or (888) 233-5020.

Back to the top


Call the Jurewitz Law Group at (619) 233-5020 and begin your path to recovery with a no-cost consultation today.

All Awards & Memberships

Not Sure Where to Start?

At Jurewitz Law Group, we understand that your situation can be overwhelming and we want to help you however we can. Choose from the options below to help you get started or call us today for a free consultation at (888) 233-5020.


Downtown San Diego Location

DOWNTOWN SAN DIEGO
Jurewitz Law Group
600 B Street, Suite 1550
San Diego, CA 92101
Phone: (619) 233-5020
Fax: (888) 233-3180
Toll Free: (888) 233-5020
Click to see Map

North County San Diego Location

Copyright © 2017 Jurewitz Law Group, All Rights Reserved, Reproduced with Permission.

North County San Diego Bike Accident Attorney Disclaimer: The legal information presented at this site should not be construed to be formal legal advice, nor the formation of a lawyer or attorney client relationship. Any results set forth herein are based upon the facts of that particular case and do not represent a promise or guarantee. Please contact a lawyer for a consultation on your particular legal matter. This web site is not intended to solicit clients for matters outside of the state of California.

Website Design, SEO and Legal Internet Marketing by: SLS Consulting