As fellow residents of San Diego County with some of the most beautiful weather in the state, Gomez Trial Attorneys understands your desire to hit the road, paths, and many other scenic routes on your bicycle. However, it is not always blue skies and clear roads ahead. While the dangers of sharing the road with other vehicles should not stop you from doing what you love, it is important to be aware of, and plan for, the possibility of an accident and resulting injury.
Enter Gomez Trial Attorneys. Our knowledgeable team of bicycle accident attorneys have years of experience helping those suffering from catastrophic injuries sustained in bicycle accidents.
The California Vehicle Code provides clear guidelines for bicyclists’ conduct when taking to the roads. Bicyclists, along with motorists, are expected to strictly adhere to these laws. Familiarize yourself with the applicable provisions BEFORE heading out. The California Bicycle Coalition is a reader-friendly option for perusing California bicycle laws and other pertinent information to make your outdoor adventure a safe one. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is a great resource for understanding your responsibilities as a cyclist on the road. Watch their informative ‘Rules of the Road’ video here.
While you cannot control other cyclists and motorists on the road, you can control how well you personally prepare for your ride and take steps to decrease the risk of a crash. Simple measures such as ensuring that your bike is the right size for you, your bike is functioning properly, and wearing reflective, protective gear. The NHTSA offers a helpful tutorial on how to fit your helmet. Finally, never stop learning. Visit local classes to brush up on how to navigate traffic and communicate with others on the road.
At this point, the worst has happened. You have been in a crash or collision and are severely injured. But you can rest easy because Gomez Trial Attorneys’ focus is on you, your accident, and getting you the maximum possible recovery to compensate you for your suffering. Meanwhile, your focus is solely on you and your recovery. We feel it should stay that way.
Gomez Trial Attorneys will take over all communications with the other side’s insurance company. In fact, we advise our clients and potential clients not to speak with a third party insurer prior to retaining an attorney. Once engaged, Gomez Trial Attorneys will conduct thorough investigation and obtain all documents necessary to pursue your claim such as Traffic Collision Reports and medical records. We walk with our clients every step of the way, explaining and providing sound legal advice at each turn. Our goal is to provide you with the highest possible recovery to compensate you for your injuries. Our firm’s track record speaks for itself.
A study by the National Highway Traffic Safety Commission revealed that bicyclists accounted for 2% of all traffic deaths and 2% of all crash-related injuries in 2014. Results revealed that cyclist deaths occurred primarily between 6 p.m. and 9 p.m., with the occurrence increasing to 71% in urban areas. Another study reported the number of cyclist deaths increased to 18% in 2016. This is consistent with the Governors Highway Safety Association’s reports of increasing cyclist fatality incidents in 2015-2016.
• Kick off Bicycle Safety Month (May) with “Smart Cycling” sessions put on by the San Diego County Bike Coalition.
• “A Right to the Road: Understanding & Addressing Bicyclist Safety” published by Governors Highway Safety Association and State Farm.
• Take the City of San Diego Bicycle Safety Quiz.
• National Safety Council: Bike Safety.
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