Fort Bragg Bicycle Accident Lawyer


Fort Bragg, California, is a quaint town surrounded by many beautiful coastal trails. Ten Mile Beach Trail, known to locals as MacKerricher Haul Road Trail, is popular for bicyclists. The trail takes riders from the Pacific coastline across an environmentally and unique sand dune area near downtown Fort Bragg to the Ten Mile River.

Unfortunately, there is a serious risk of getting hit by a motor vehicle in and around the Fort Bragg area. If you or a loved one has suffered serious injuries while riding your bicycle in Fort Bragg, call one of our experienced Fort Bragg bicycle accident lawyers at (707) 564-1900 for a free consultation.

Bicycles Have the Same Rights as a Motor Vehicle

Bicyclists have the same legal rights and responsibilities as motor vehicle drivers, according to California Vehicle Code Section 21200. Unfortunately, many drivers don't realize this and act recklessly and aggressively when encountering a bicyclist on the road.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) found that the driver is at fault for most collisions involving a motor vehicle and bicycle.

Common Causes of Bicycle Accidents

Collisions between bicyclists and motorists can happen in various circumstances. However, some of the most common scenarios include:

Common Injuries in a Bicycle Accident

When a cyclist is hit by a vehicle, the consequences can be catastrophic due to the lack of protection. Even if the bicyclist survives the accident, the injuries they suffer can cause long-term complications.

Some of the most serious injuries we might see in a bicycle accident in Fort Bragg include:

The YouTube video below discusses four tips you need to know to avoid bicycle crashes and what you can do to prevent deadly accidents.

Benefits of Hiring a Fort Bragg Bicycle Accident Lawyer

After a severe accident with a motorist, you will likely need to recuperate from significant bodily injuries. Dealing with an auto insurance adjuster should be the last thing on your mind. It is essential to understand that the insurance company is not working in your best interest and don't care about your well-being. They are focused on paying the minimum on your personal injury claim. That's why it's beneficial to retain a Fort Bragg bicycle accident attorney. Your attorney will handle the negotiation with the insurance carrier while you focus on your recovery.

How a Fort Bragg Bicycle Accident Lawyer Can Help

Your bicycle accident attorney will help you get compensation for the damages you've suffered after a bicycle accident. Your lawyer will investigate the accident alongside an investigative team. They will examine the accident site, speak to witnesses, use accident reconstruction techniques and, in some cases, get surveillance video of the collision. Once all the evidence is gathered, the attorney will build a strong case against the at-fault party. Your attorney will also negotiate with the insurance company for maximum compensation.

Recoverable Damages for Your Bicycle Crash

Your injury attorney will file a claim seeking reimbursement for financial and emotional damages you've suffered in the accident, including:

Your lawyer can also assess your insurance coverage to see what could be recovered through your injury claim. For instance, if you are the victim of a hit-and-run accident and the driver is never found, your lawyer can file a claim under your auto insurance policy through the uninsured motorist coverage.

California Statute of Limitations

California has a statute of limitations when it comes to filing a personal injury claim. You only have a limited amount of time to take legal action against the motorist who hit you. The statute of limitations to file a legal claim against the at-fault party is two years from the accident date. If the accident was caused by a government agency, the time period is much shorter. For more information, contact a personal injury lawyer.

Bicycle Accident Attorneys in Fort Bragg, CA

When a crash occurs between a bike and a motor vehicle, the cyclist is most likely to suffer injuries. If you or a family member has been severely injured in a bicycle accident involving a negligent driver, please call our experienced Fort Bragg bicycle accident lawyers today at (707) 564-1900 or (800) 404-5400 for free and friendly advice. You can also reach us online at

We are proud members of the Million Dollar Advocates Forum and the National Association of Distinguished Counsel.

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