In the past decade, there have been more than 30,000 collisions between bicycles and cars in the Bay Area, according to studies tracked by the California Highway Patrol. Most of these injured cyclists were fortunate enough to escape with only cuts, bruises, bent wheels, and damaged bike frames, but nearly 2,000 of those bike accidents resulted in death or serious injury. If you or your child or family member was injured on a bicycle because of a driver’s negligence, contact the law firm of Galine, Frye, Fitting & Frangos in San Mateo, California by calling (650) 345-8484 or contact us online to discuss your case with an experienced San Mateo bicycle accident attorney for a free case evaluation. We have experience in investigating these accidents and recovering damages for the devastating aftermath of a bicyclist colliding with a comparatively much bigger and dangerous automobile. We accept cases throughout the San Francisco Bay Area and Northern California.Bicycle Accident Injuries
Our lawyers have recovered substantial settlements for wrongful death and catastrophic injury such as paralysis, loss of limb, or brain damage. But no bike accident injury is minor. Broken bones may not heal correctly. A deep cut or road rash may lead to nerve damage or life-threatening infection. There may be ligament damage or chronic pain months after even seemingly minor bicycle versus automobile accidents.
Let us determine if you have a case. More and more individuals are choosing to travel our Bay Area roadways by bicycle, whether as commuters or as recreational enthusiasts, and accidents unfortunately continue to occur. Our San Mateo bicycle accident lawyers will help you get your injuries properly diagnosed and aggressively pursue all compensation for the medical expenses, lost wages, lost abilities and pain and suffering resulting from a bicycle collision. Call (650) 345-8484 or email us today for immediate assistance.Proving Fault in Bike Accidents
Designated bicycle paths and lanes give you, the bicyclist, a right to share the road with vehicles, but these appointed lanes do not guarantee that drivers will see you. The attorneys at Galine, Frye, Fitting & Frangos have recovered damages for cyclists who were rear-ended, sideswiped, struck at intersections or run over while riding on Bay Area roadways by inattentive, preoccupied or aggressive drivers. Unfortunately, there is an underlying community bias against bicyclists sharing our highways, city streets, and rural lanes and, as a result, police reports and/or witnesses often blame or identify the wrong person (the bicyclist) as being at fault.
The bicycle accident lawyers at our San Mateo firm challenge the defense arguments that the cyclist was at fault. Our experts analyze skid marks (or lack thereof), impact dents, and the nature of injuries to illustrate the driver’s speed and actions. We also use human factors experts to show that the driver failed to yield the right of way, took no evasive action, or that the bike rider simply had no reasonable reaction time to avoid a collision.
An insurance company (or jury) may determine that you are partly at fault for your bike accident injuries — failing to stop at an intersection, riding with headphones, or not wearing a helmet. These factors can reduce your compensation, but they do not determine that you have no case. Our experienced attorneys will work hard on your behalf to obtain the best possible result for you after you have been injured as a bicyclist, even if you were partly responsible for the collision.Contact a Bicycle Accident Attorney in San Mateo Today!
Call us at (650) 345-8484 or contact us online for a free initial consultation. We take no attorney fees unless we recover compensation from the other driver or from your own auto insurance carrier. We have also sued municipal bodies for dangerous road conditions or traffic signs, and bike manufacturers for mechanical or design defects contributing to injuries.