Cycling enthusiasts spend most of July watching the Tour de France. However, though no California driver is likely to encounter such a massive fleet of bicycles, safety is critical no matter what type of vehicle you’re operating. If you’re involved in a collision involving a bicycle and a car, experienced Encinitas auto accident lawyer Zev Rubinstein can help.
Bicycle accidents can be devastating because riders aren’t protected by safety features like seatbelts and airbags. However, under California law bicycles are still considered vehicles, and they are expected to follow many of the same rules of the road as cars.
Auto accidents involving a bicycle and passenger vehicle commonly occur in situations such as:
- Stop signs and traffic lights
- Night driving
- Failure to share the road
- Corners (improper left and right turns can cause collisions)
- Straying from the correct lane, or moving against traffic
- Driveways, sidewalks, bike paths, and other areas where bikes and traffic meet
Some bicycle accidents also occur when drivers open their car doors as a bike passes. Even though it only involves one moving vehicle, collisions like this can cause serious injury to the bicyclist.
If you were hurt in an auto accident between a car and a bicycle, Mr. Rubinstein can pursue the compensation you deserve. Please contact The Rubinstein Law Group or call (855) 365-9955 today for your free consultation with our dedicated Encinitas lawyer.