San Diego Fatal Bike Accident Attorney
Legal Representation After a Bicycle Accident Wrongful Death
Over the last few years, cycling has graduated from a trend to a lifestyle in San Diego. More people are taking to the streets with bikes as their preferred method of travel, pedaling to work and for exercise. While the positives of bicycling are well-known, more bikes on the road leads to more accidents, injuries and fatalities. If a loved one is fatally injured in a bicycle accident, do not hesitate to contact the experienced San Diego fatal accident lawyers of the Jurewitz Law Group at (888) 233-5020 to discuss your situation.
In California, bicyclists have gained enough road presence for Gov. Jerry Brown to sign a "3 Foot Rule" legally requiring motorists to stay at least 36 inches away from a bike while passing. Despite this, the state annually leads the nation in cycling deaths, showing that even with the new law many drivers still act negligent and carelessly around bicyclists. With the average car weighing two tons and the bicycle providing little protection, chances of sustaining a fatal bike injury exists every time you put a helmet on.
What Are The Most Common Bicycle-Car Collisions?
The most common fatal bike accident scenario is a vehicle traveling the same direction as a bicyclist hitting the bike from behind. Here are more common bicycle-car collision situations:
- Left Hand Turn Collision - California vehicular law states that all drivers attempting a left hand turn must first check for and yield to vehicles coming from the opposite direction, including bicycles. Unfortunately, there are moments when the driver does not see a bicyclist coming and crashes into them while turning left.
- Sideswipe Collision - Motorists are expected to give bicyclists three feet of space while passing. However, some impatient motorists attempt risky passes, which can lead to a sideswipe collision, or the bicyclist getting run off the road.
- Dooring On - many streets, the bicycle lane is adjacent to the parking lane without a lot of space between them. In this type of accident, a motorist forgets to check for bicyclists before exiting their parked vehicle, which leads to the unlucky bicyclist colliding into the door or getting run out of the lane.
- Intersection Collisions - A motorist may fail to stop at an intersection, or fail to yield to a crossing bicyclist, causing an injurious or even fatal collision.
What To Do If Your Loved One Is Involved in a Fatal Bike Accident in San Diego
Dealing with the aftermath of a loved one's death is never easy. You may be at a loss for what steps to take or who to contact. The best way to get informed on what you should do is to reach out to an experienced San Diego bike accident attorney who can assist with tough to discuss questions about the accident and compensation.
In cases where driver negligence is involved, families of fatal bike accident victims can file a wrongful death claim seeking compensation for damages that include medical expenses, funeral costs, lost future income and loss of love and companionship. You don't have to go through such a difficult time alone. Make sure you understand the value of your claim before making decisions that could impact your family's future financial security. Jurewitz Law Group can handle your case with care and compassion while aggressively pursuing any negligent party. Contact our San Diego personal injury lawyers at (888) 233-5020 or (619) 233-5020 immediately.
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Call the Jurewitz Law Group at (619) 233-5020 and begin your path to recovery with a no-cost consultation today.