A pedestrian or bicyclist hit by a car or other motor vehicle is likely to suffer serious injuries, including brain and spinal cord injuries or broken bones. Unfortunately, these kinds of accidents are all too common and can happen for many reasons:
- The driver didn’t see the bicyclist or a pedestrian
- The bicyclist or pedestrian made a sudden move into traffic
- Driver negligence/distracted driving
Because the injuries sustained in such an accident can be so severe and the costs of required medical treatment or surgery so high, it is essential to get powerful representation from an experienced lawyer who has handled bicycle and pedestrian accident cases in California. Our legal team at Randolph and Associates is dedicated to procuring maximum compensation for pedestrians and bicyclists who have been injured by the negligent actions of another driver. Contact us toll-free at 310-957-7900.
Dealing With Comparative Negligence
Because injuries sustained by a pedestrian or a bicyclist will be so much more significant in an accident than those suffered by the driver of a car, it is easy to assume that a bicycle or pedestrian accident is always the driver’s fault. This is not always true. In some cases, an accident can be deemed the fault of either or both parties in some ratio. For example, a driver could be held responsible for an accident if they are proven to have been:
- Drifting into the bike lane
- Making an illegal turn
Pedestrians and bicyclists also bear some responsibility for accidents, however, and may be held partially or totally responsible in certain circumstances:
- A pedestrian ignores or disobeys a walk signal.
- A bicyclist ignores a stop sign.
- A bicyclist rides the wrong way down a one-way street.
- A pedestrian darts into traffic or otherwise interrupts the flow of traffic.
An experienced bicycle and pedestrian accident attorney at our firm can review the details of your case and make an informed recommendation about the best way to proceed.
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We offer free initial consultations for Los Angeles/Riverside (including Coachella Valley)/San Bernardino County clients injured in a bicycle or pedestrian accident. Email Us to set up an appointment, or call us toll-free at 310-957-7900.