The weather and beauty of San Diego make it an ideal place for bicycle enthusiasts to ride. Bikes are used to commute to work, for exercise, to enjoy the coastal scenery and mountain biking on trails. But biking is not without dangers. Every year there are thousands of San Diego bicycle accidents, which cause personal injury to riders and are often due to the negligence of others.
Common Causes of Bicycle Accidents
While each San Diego bicycle accident involves unique circumstances, the following are common causes:
- Being hit by a motor vehicle, whether due to failure to yield right of way, visual obstruction or other negligent factors
- Running into illegally parked cars or cars opening doors in front of bikers
- Manufacturer defects in bike parts or faulty repairs by a bike shop
- Unsafe road conditions including potholes, uneven pavement, loose gravel and puddles
Being struck by motor vehicles is often the cause of the most serious injuries because the unprotected rider is competing against a fast moving car or truck weighing thousands of pounds. These accidents can often result in:
- Soft tissue damage
- Road rash
- Brain and spinal cord injuries
In San Diego County in 2008 there were 959 injury accidents involving a motor vehicle and a bicycle. Seven of these resulted in a fatality or wrongful death. When the negligence of a driver of one of these vehicles results in serious injury, the driver should be held responsible.
When another driver is not responsible, there may be other parties that can be held responsible for your injuries. If you were riding on a bike that was unsafe, liability can extend to the manufacturer if it was defective, a repair shop that failed to properly repair the bike, or a bike rental shop, which may have failed to properly maintain the bike. If the government was responsible for unsafe road conditions, they can be held to blame.
San Diego Bicycle Accident Lawyer
If you or a loved one has been in a San Diego bicycle accident, you should immediately contact a San Diego bicycle accident lawyer. You may be able to receive compensation for your injuries including lost wages, medical expenses and pain and suffering.
Contact Aitken * Aitken * Cohn for a consultation before you have any dealings with insurance companies. Complex liability issues require an experienced San Diego bicycle accident lawyer who can evaluate your case and determine who may be at fault.