Fresno Bicycle Accident Lawyer
Fresno police see about 130 bicycle collisions reported each year, leading to two to three fatalities, according to Valley Public Radio. The battle-tested bicycle accident attorneys at Nadrich & Cohen Accident Injury Lawyers are here to help obtain compensation for your medical bills, lost wages and more if you’ve been injured in a bicycle accident in Fresno.
If you’ve been struck by a car while cycling, the auto insurance company representing the at-fault driver won’t respect you unless you have experienced lawyers with a proven track record at your side. Insurance companies won’t present a fair offer to those they don’t respect.
The insurance companies won’t just respect you with us at your side, they’ll fear you because our experience and track record speak for themselves. We’ve been consistently obtaining policy limits settlements for bicycle accident victims since 1990.
We can get you to the best doctors who can give you only the most exceptional care for your injuries on a lien, meaning you won’t have to pay them until your case is over.
Best of all, our services will never cost you even a penny out of your own pocket due to our no fee promise! We will never charge you a fee for our services unless we obtain a recovery for you.
Call us now at (559) 241-0411 for a free consultation if you or a loved one was injured or killed in a bicycle accident in Fresno. You might be eligible for financial compensation. You can also complete the “Do I Have A Claim” form on the right, email us at email@example.com or have a talk with one of our Fresno personal injury lawyers.
Negligence: The Key To A Bicycle Accident Recovery
We can obtain you a recovery for your injuries by proving that your bicycle accident was the result of somebody else’s negligence.
California Civil Code Section 1714 (a) states that people are responsible for injuries resulting from a lack of ordinary care.
CACI No. 401 establishes jury instructions regarding the basic standard of care in negligence cases. It states negligence is failing to use reasonable care to prevent harm. It states that failing to act and acting can both be negligent. It states one shouldn’t do what reasonably careful people wouldn’t and one should do what reasonably careful people would.
CACI No. 400 establishes jury instructions regarding what must be proven in order to establish a negligence claim in California. It states the following must be proven:
- The defendant was negligent
- The plaintiff was hurt
- The defendant’s negligence was a substantial factor in hurting the plaintiff
We know all of the best bicycle accident investigation and reconstruction experts in the Central Valley, and with their help we can prove your injuries were caused by the negligence of another person.
Fresno Bicycle Laws
Bicycle law in Fresno is established by Chapter 14, Article 17 of the city’s Code of Ordinances.
SEC. 14-1701 states cyclists must obey the instructions of official traffic control devices unless told otherwise by a police officer or other authorized person.
SEC. 14-1702 states cyclists can’t tow people on rollerskates, skateboards or similar devices.
SEC. 14-1703 states cyclists can’t ride on the sidewalk in the central business district or any streets designated as mall streets.
SEC. 14-1704 states cyclists can’t ride at a speed “greater than is reasonable and prudent under the conditions then existing” or in excess of the vehicle speed limit present.
SEC. 14-1705 states that cyclists about to emerge from an alley or driveway should yield to pedestrians, and should yield to vehicles upon entering a roadway.
SEC. 14-1706 states cyclists can’t ride in crosswalks.
SEC. 14-1707 states cyclists shouldn’t park their bicycle in public streets, sidewalks, bicycle lanes or bicycle paths, with the following exceptions:
- You can park it at the very edge of a road, against the curb if a curb exists, if no designated bicycle parking facility or rack is readily accessible
- You can park it on a sidewalk in a way that doesn’t obstruct pedestrians if no designated bicycle parking facility or rack is readily accessible
SEC. 14-1708 states parents and guardians can’t authorize or knowingly permit children to violate the above provisions.
You Can Still Obtain A Recovery Even If You Violated One Of The Above Ordinances
You can still obtain a recovery for your injuries even if you violated one of the above bicycle ordinances. California allows for comparative fault in civil cases.
CACI No. 405 establishes jury instructions regarding comparative fault of plaintiff in California. It states that a jury is to determine the percentage of fault for an accident attributable to the plaintiff, then reduce the plaintiff’s damages awarded by that percentage.
To illustrate this with an example, if you were injured when a car struck your bicycle while you were riding on the sidewalk in Fresno’s central business district, a jury might determine you were 30 percent at fault for violating SEC. 14-1703, and that the driver of the car was 70 percent at fault for inattentiveness. The jury would reduce your damages by 30 percent, awarding you 70 percent of your damages. You would still receive a sizable recovery despite having violated one of the above ordinances, so you should still call an experienced bicycle accident lawyer if you were injured in a bicycle accident even if you think you violated an ordinance.
Fresno Bicycle Accident Lawsuits
We are the bicycle accident experts in Fresno, having been representing bicycle accident victims for decades. Our lawyers are avid cyclists who understand the ins and outs of bicycle accident cases. Our lawyers, paralegals and staff will always promptly return your emails and phone calls. We only charge you a percentage of your recovery as our fee, and only if we obtain a recovery for you.
Call us now at (559) 241-0411 for a free consultation if you or a loved one was injured or killed in a bicycle accident in Fresno. You may be entitled to a financial recovery.