The team of Sonoma County bicycle accident lawyers at Cutter Law P.C. are always standing by to represent you and your interests in a court of law. Each of our attorneys has the education, experience, and caring attitude to handle your case. We always come highly recommended. We’ve won millions for our clients, including a recent bicycle accident case in Sonoma County. Our client received a $1.9 million payout (case represented by Celine Cutter of Cutter Law P.C.). Our firm has also won several awards for our legal prowess, and we’re always standing by to take your case. So, if you’ve suffered an injury while riding your bicycle in the Sonoma County area, then you’ve come to the right place! Contact us for a no-obligation consultation today!
Do You Need A Bicycle Accident Lawyer In Sonoma County?
If you faced an injury while riding your bicycle due to another’s fault, especially if your accident involved a motor vehicle, then don’t hesitate to contact a bicycle accident lawyer in Sonoma County. Even if you’re not sure whether your accident constitutes a case, contact us for a no-obligation consultation nonetheless. You may have a case and not realize it yet.
However, while we recommend you contact an attorney regardless of your accident circumstances, there are a few circumstances and factors that impact your cases’ viability in a court of law. Those factors include:
- Vehicle Driver Negligence: If the vehicle’s driver exhibited any form of negligence, you likely have a case. Some examples of negligence on the part of the driver include aggressive driving, careless driving, and driving under drugs or alcohol.
- Bicyclist Negligence: Some examples of bicyclist negligence include failing to obey traffic laws, aggressive riding, and riding a bicycle while under the influence of drugs or alcohol (yes, bicycles are vehicles, and riding drunk is a crime).
How Our Attorneys Prove Negligent Actions Caused Your Bicycle Accident Injury In Sonoma County
As in other areas of personal injury law, negligent actions are the cornerstone of bicycle accident cases. In other words, to succeed in court, our attorneys must prove negligent actions caused the bicycle accident injury in Sonoma County. To prove negligent actions, our attorneys have to prove four separate occurrences, including:
- 1: The driver or party that caused the accident owed what’s referred to in the courtroom as a “duty of care.” For example, if you hit a pothole while out riding your bicycle, then the organization responsible for maintaining the roads owed you a duty of care to repair the broken section of rode.
- 2: The driver breached their duty of care.
- 3: The breach of care caused the accident or injury in question.
- 4: The accident caused damages or harm to either party.
Some Statistics Regarding Bicycle Accidents In Sonoma County
Unfortunately, bicycle accidents in Sonoma County often cause serious injury and sometimes even death. Even more, unfortunate is that when bicycle accidents involve a collision with a motor vehicle, the bicyclist often suffers the most egregious injuries. For example, here are a few handpicked statistics regarding bicycle accidents across California:
- 2013 to 2017, Sacramento County reported 2,851 bicycle collisions and 56 deaths (California Office of Traffic Safety).
- An average of 12.6 bicyclists dies in collisions with motor vehicles in California every year (Berkeley).
- The bicycle accident average in California is 1,060 accidents per year (California Office of Traffic Safety).
- 41% of bicycle accidents involving cars take place at intersections (FHWA).
Protecting Yourself While Riding Your Bicycle
With the statistics listed above, it should be relatively clear that taking safety precautions while riding your bicycle is imperative. Some easy ways to help protect yourself while out riding your bike include:
- Be highly visible. Dress in bright and reflective clothing, and don’t be afraid to use head and tail lights on your bike.
- Prepare to brake quickly when nearing an intersection.
- Always watch all other drivers on the road.
- Having the right of way doesn’t mean that an accident is any less likely to cause an injury or death.
- Stay out of car blind spots.
- Always ride in a single file line when sharing the road with other cyclists.
- Have an escape route in the back of your mind at all times.
- Never pass a car on the right in an intersection or near driveways.
- Always ride in the direction of traffic.
- Stop at stop signs and red lights.
- Use hand signals when turning or stopping.
- Always assume that cars can’t see you.
- Never dart out into traffic, even if you have the right of way. Remember, you can be dead right.
What To Do If You’re Involved In A Bicycle Accident
If you’ve just had a bicycle accident, here’s what you should do:
- Stay Calm – Always stay calm. Panicking only makes things worse.
- Collect Information – Collecting information from all parties involved in the accident is imperative. Ensure you get all names, addresses, phone numbers, and insurance provider information from everyone involved.
- Contact The Police – Contact the police and, if possible, wait for them to arrive on the scene. This is important, even if no one was injured in the accident.
- Speak To An Officer – Before you leave the scene, make sure you speak with an officer. Sometimes officers ignore the cyclist involved in an accident. Don’t let yourself go unheard.
- Document Everything – Write everything down. This includes vehicle information, insurance information, names, phone numbers, addresses, and any pictures and descriptions of the accident you can acquire.
- Go To The Doctor – Even if you don’t think you’ve been hurt in the accident, go to the doctor. You may have suffered unseen injuries. Please don’t risk it. Go to the doctor following any bicycle or vehicle accident.
- Contact Our Sonoma County Bicycle Accident Lawyers – Once you’ve finished up at the doctors’, contact one of our attorneys for a no-obligation consultation.
Contact Our Team Of Sonoma County Bicycle Accident Lawyers
Here at Cutter Law P.C., we pride ourselves on being the go-to Sonoma County bicycle accident law firm. Each of our attorneys is experienced and standing by to represent you and your interests in a court of law. So, if you’ve recently suffered a bicycle accident-related injury, especially if the accident that caused the injury involved a motor vehicle, then don’t hesitate to contact us for a no-obligation consultation. Our caring and experienced team of attorneys is always standing by to represent you in court. Contact us today.