Cyclists Representing Cyclists

Cyclist Rights in California

Speak to an Experienced Orange County Bike Accident Lawyer Today

Most avid cyclists know the rules of the road; as a cyclist, you have the right to use normal traffic lanes if you are moving with the speed of traffic or if you are moving slower than traffic but there is no bike lane or if the road is not wide enough to safely ride side-by-side with passing vehicles. Cyclists must also move the same direction as traffic, use proper hand signals, and stay in bike lanes except when making left turns, avoiding hazards, or when traveling at the same speed as traffic.

However, while most cyclists are aware of the general rules of the road, many are not aware of the full scope of their rights. Additionally, more casual cyclists may not realize all of the rights they have while riding.

It’s important that you know your rights, not only in the event that you are injured in an accident but also in order to elevate the level of bicycle safety on Orange County roads.

You Have the Right to Share the Road

Cyclists who are following all applicable state laws have the right to share the road with motor vehicles. In the event of an accident, an at-fault driver cannot try to blame you for the incident by saying that you were in the roadway, as long as you were following all traffic laws. This includes stopping at stop signs and red lights, following the direction of traffic, and using bike lanes where possible/appropriate.

You Have the Right to Hold Negligent Drivers Accountable

If you were hit by a motor vehicle while cycling and you believe the driver of the vehicle was at fault, you have the right to take legal action by pursuing a personal injury claim. Negligent and reckless drivers can be held liable for your damages, including medical expenses, lost wages/income, damage to your bike, pain and suffering, emotional distress, and more. In order to recover compensation for these and other damages, you will need to prove that the motorist in question acted negligently or wrongfully and that this led to your injuries/damages.

You Have the Right to a Fair Recovery

If you were injured as a result of someone else’s careless, reckless, or wrongful actions, you do not have to suffer the physical, emotional, and financial consequences on your own. California state law allows injured individuals, including cyclists, to recover compensation from liable parties/insurance providers. You are entitled to receive this compensation if someone else was at-fault for your injuries.

You Have the Right to Work with an Attorney

While it is not required that you work with an attorney to resolve your personal injury claim, you do have this right. Furthermore, it is strongly advised that you speak to a legal professional who can help you fully understand your rights and the legal options available to you. Without an attorney on your side, you risk leaving rightful compensation on the table.

At Bike Legal, our Orange County bicycle accident attorneys put over 35 years of experience solely representing injured cyclists to work for you. As avid cyclists ourselves, we understand the challenges you are facing, as well as the unique questions and concerns you may have. We serve clients throughout California and are here to guide you through the legal process and ensure your cyclist rights are protected every step of the way.

Contact us today for a free consultation; call (800) 449-4850 to get started.

Over $300 Million Recovered for Injured Cyclists

In our 35+ years of handling cycling accidents, we have achieved significant and noteworthy results for our clients, amounting to over $300 million total. Our bicycle accident lawyers have handled hundreds of cycling accident and injury cases, including numerous cases that proceeded to trial—with successful results.
  • Cyclists vs. Auto $4 Million
  • Cyclist Rear-Ended $3 Million
  • Negligent Event Promoter $1.4 Million
  • Cyclist Rear-Ended $500 Thousand
  • Cat 3 Female Cyclist Struck By Car $500 Thousand
  • Cyclist Rear-Ended $500 Thousand

Hear From Our Clients

  • They are part of the cycling community and fully understand the perspective of the cyclist.

    “They consistently fight for their clients to get superior settlements and have excellent client services.”

    - Vince D.
  • I would strongly encourage anyone seeking an excellent law firm to use Bike Legal.

    “The regular updates helped to reassure us that they were diligently working on our behalf. They always took my calls or returned messages promptly.”

    - JR- Triathlete
  • Thank you Bike Legal for all of your hard work on my case.

    “You were able to recover far more than I ever expected and was able to get back racing quickly!”

    - Sasha R.
  • The Bike Legal team is a generous sponsor for my son's racing team and frequent speaker at our team meetings.

    “When my wife, Alison, was hit by a pickup truck while riding her bike, the Bike Legal team responded to our questions quickly with a precise and understandable manner.”

    - RL- Team Velosport Cyclist
  • They are a must for any case you might have.

    “I greatly appreciate the quick efforts to get me back on my feet and cycling again. Very friendly staff that all worked together to make the process very easy.”

    - RF CAT 1 Cyclist

Why Work With Us?

We Understand Bike Accidents!
  • Deep Rooted in the Community

    We have a real cycling culture at our law firm.  We are actively involved in the cyclist community and sponsor local teams and events.

  • Superior Results

    Our firm has recovered over $300 million on behalf of cyclists.

  • Experienced Legal Team

    We have been representing cyclists for over 35 years and have handled hundreds of cases.

  • 24/7 Personalized Access

    Speak with our Client Coordinator 24/7 and schedule same-day appointments.

  • Unparalleled Resources

    Our team has the resources and relationships with experts to help you through your medical treatment and build your case quickly to maximize results.

  • Trial-Tested

    We are not afraid to take your case to court to get the best possible outcome.

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