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Bicycle Accident Lawyers in San Luis Obispo, CA

Serious Bicycle Accidents Require the Help of Savvy Lawyers

Bike Accident Attorneys Serving San Luis Obispo, California

At James McKiernan Lawyers, we understand the pleasure and practicality of riding a bicycle. However, we also understand the risks bicyclists run when taking even a short ride down the block. Children are particularly in danger because of their smaller size and underdeveloped safety instincts. When you or someone you love is injured in a bicycle accident, speak with an attorney at James McKiernan Lawyers for legal guidance.

Every year, more than 100 people are killed in bicycle collisions in California. Thousands more are injured. Many accidents are caused by a lack of motorist attention — cyclists are at a serious disadvantage in a collision with a car, truck or motorcycle.

A study conducted by the University of North Carolina and the U.S. Department of Transportation analyzed 750 motor vehicle and bicycle collisions. 

They found the main causes of bicycle and auto accidents were:

  • Motorists failing to yield the right of way
  • Motorists overtaking bicyclists
  • Motorists unexpectedly turning
  • Bicyclists unexpectedly turning
  • Bicyclists failing to yield the right-of-way at a mid-block location

California pedestrian accident attorneys understand that a motorist maybe 100% at fault for an accident, or the cyclist may share some of the blame. Even if you were partially at fault for the collision, you can still recover compensation under California’s comparative fault laws. If you do share the blame with a motorist, your final award may be reduced according to your percentage of fault.

Safety Tips for Bicyclists

Santa Maria is known for its beautiful weather — it is part of the reason the area attracts so many bicyclists. To stay safe on the road, cyclists should stay alert and attentive. 

Injury attorneys in California offer the following safety advice:

  • Always wear a helmet
  • Wear brightly-colored clothing
  • Wear reflective clothing at night
  • Never ride a bike under the influence of drugs or alcohol
  • Obey state and local laws regarding bicycle and motorist safety
  • Cross at crosswalks; walk your bicycle across crosswalks
  • Do not listen to music, talk on the phone, or text messages while bike riding
  • Use hand signals for turning
  • Do not run stop signs or stop lights

Even the most cautious riders can be struck by an inattentive driver. If you’ve been injured, retain a personal injury attorney at James McKiernan Lawyers for effective, comprehensive legal representation. We focus a large portion of our practice to personal injury law — our team has litigated and negotiated countless accident claims for clients in and around California’s Central Coast.

For Serious Legal Help, Contact an Experienced San Luis Obispo Bicycle Accident Attorney

No doubt, the people of California love riding bikes. However, when a pleasant ride turns into a life-threatening ordeal, you need counsel from the sharp attorneys at James McKiernan Lawyers. Contact us today for a free initial consultation. We operate on a contingency basis — meaning there are no fees collected unless you win compensation.

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Over $300,000,000 WON for Clients!

Recent Case Victories
  • $1.35 Million Dirt Bike Accident

    Riding a dirt bike at a friend’s home on acreage, suffered life-threatening injuries when low hanging cable hit the rider in the neck. James McKiernan Law subbed in as new attorneys, found coverage, and settled for policy limits in 4 weeks.

  • $1.3 Million Car Accident

    James McKiernan Lawyers settled our case for the policy limits of $1,000,000 against the driver and got another $300,000 from the passenger’s insurance company for a total settlement of $1,300,000.

  • $1.3 Million Off Road Vehicle Accident

    Riding in the back seat of an off-road vehicle when the driver drove off a forest service road into a canyon resulting in severe injuries. Structured annuity resulting in tax-free payments to the client.

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