Most San Francisco bicyclists are extremely careful when they take to our city’s roadways. Indeed, they have to be. When a cyclist gets into an accident with an automobile, they are at a devastating disadvantage. Due to the size and weight of the typical motor vehicle, the injuries suffered by a bicyclist in such a crash can be disabling and fatal. Meanwhile, car drivers usually do not even suffer a scratch.
At the Dolan Law firm, we have extensive experiences and a wide array of special resources that can help bicyclists who have suffered a serious injury in a car crash that happened due to no fault of their own. We can also help the family members of bicyclists who were killed in such accidents.
California law states that motorists who cause a fatal or injurious accident out of negligence or unlawful behavior can be held liable for the financial costs incurred by the injured accident victims. This means that at-fault drivers (and/or their motor vehicle insurance companies) will be on the hook for a wide variety of financial damages relating to the cost of medical care, pain and suffering, lost income, compensation for permanent or temporary disabilities and other categories of damages.
In many California cases, the process of seeking compensatory damages in a bicycle crash is quite simple — especially if police reports, eyewitness accounts and other evidence clearly indicates the fault of another party. That said, other accident cases can prove more challenging — if it is difficult to obtain exacting evidence as to the cause of the crash. This is where attention to detail, an intimate understanding of the law, aggressive legal representation and a passion for justice will play an essential role in achieving the appropriate result in litigation.