Bicycle Accident Injury Attorneys in San Diego
If you or a loved one was riding a bicycle, scooter or motorcycle and has been injured in an accident, speak with an attorney as soon as possible.
California is unique in that it has been very proactive at passing recent legislation and laws establishing new responsibilities and rights of riders of bicycles and motorcycles, as well as riders of electric bicycles and scooters. Some of the new laws have come out as recently as 2019.
Laws that Govern California Bicyclists, Electric Scooter and Bicycle riders and Motorcyclists
It is the California Vehicle Code, Division 11, that contains our state’s laws that determine where and how bikes must be operated throughout California, and which provide cyclists rights.
Per CVC 21200, cyclists have all the same rights and responsibilities on the road that vehicle drivers have. Additionally, if you are riding slower than traffic, bicyclists have the right to ‘take the lane’ if it is not wide enough for both the vehicle and bike to ‘share’ the lane. CVC 21202 states that bicycle riders must generally ride their bikes as close to the right side of the road as practicable, except under certain conditions which may include: passing, preparing for a left turn, avoiding hazards, if the lane is too narrow for both to safely share, or if approaching an authorized right-turn.
Mopeds, Electric scooters, High-speed and Low-speed bikes are unique
Type 3 high-speed gas-powered or electric powered mopeds, bikes and scooters (with top assisted speeds of 28 mph) generally must be operated on the street and may not be used on trails or bike paths or lanes unless they have been provided for by the local authorities. They may not be operated by people under age 16 and under CVC §27803 require a helmet.
In 2019 California’s Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) issued an on-line handbook attempting to address the growing issue regarding electric scooters and put into place many laws and vehicle codes governing the rights and responsibilities of scooter riders. California’s State Legislature also gave local governments the authority to govern this area.
Low-speed electric bikes or scooters
Type 1 and 2 electric bicycles or scooters (with a top assisted speed of 20 mph) may be operated by people of any age and are usually allowed wherever regular bicycles are allowed unless specific signage presents notice they are prohibited, and no-one may stop on or otherwise obstruct a bicycle path.
Bicyclists can suffer injuries that range from mere pain, to visible or internal minor or major injuries, to wrongful death.
If you or a loved one has been injured while riding a bicycle, it is best to speak with an attorney as soon as possible.
Consultations are FREE
With our decades of experience, we can inform you of your legal rights and options as soon as possible. You can either come meet with us in our offices, or we can come see you. Whichever is best for you.
Call the Law Offices of Gregory A. Montegna at (619) 691-1500
Questions You Likely Have?
Who will pay my medical bills? Should I have an unbiased specialist or expert review my situation and/or medical records? Can I be reimbursed or compensated for missing work? Do I have to ‘sue’ in order to get reimbursed or compensated? If so, who can I sue? Can I be compensated for my pain & suffering? If I sue, will my case go to trial? How much is my case worth? What are the steps/stages and how long does it usually take to get a settlement?
With decades of experience, at the Law Offices of Greg Montegna, we can answer your questions, and consultations are Free. And unless we win your case for you, there are NO attorney’s fees.
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Call the Law Offices of Gregory A. Montegna at your earliest convenience. We can answer your questions and give you an idea of the value of your case. We can talk with you over the phone, or you are welcome to come into our office, or we can meet you and your family at a location that works for you.