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When bicycle accidents come to mind, most people do not consider the threat of injury or liability when a bicyclist is in a safe space, such as a bikeway, bike path, or a bike park. Fortunately, bike on bike accidents aren’t as common as bike and car accidents. The injuries are often less severe, as well.
However, bike on bike accidents do happen and when they occur you may be wondering about your legal rights. West Coast Trial Lawyers has a comprehensive grasp on Los Angeles bicycle law and a proven track record of successful personal injury cases. We are always available to answer any questions you may have regarding liability and available damages after a bike on bike accident.
Orange Grove Blvd. tends to be a dangerous place for bicyclists, as several victims have been injured by hit and run accidents.
Orange County reported over 1,400 bicycle related injuries in 2011 making it a record high in the Los Angeles area.
As more and more Los Angeles residents are going green and trying healthier ways of travel, bicyclists are filling the streets by the thousands. Whether you’re traveling across the country or are a permanent resident, you must adhere to the laws in your current city.
However, let’s face the reality. There are some bicyclists who either don’t know the rules or simply refuse to follow them. Listed below are the vital steps you need to take if you have been in a bike on bike accident.
Standalone Bike Insurance Policies May Cover:
Unlike automobiles, California does not require the rider to be insured when owning or operating a bicycle. In case of an accident, other insurance policies may cover bicycle collisions contingent on the clauses in the agreement. Homeowners insurance usually covers bike on bike accidents, but auto insurance policies typically do not. If a bike is struck by a car, the insurance company usually files the dispute as an “under or uninsured” vehicle accident.
Home Insurance. Your home insurance may also impact how you can pay for your damages. If your particular contract offers “personal activity coverage” then your bike accident will be considered under the following. If it is a “location only” policy then your bicycle accident coverage is probably little to none.
Bike Insurance. Though these policies exist, they are not regulated across the industry and can range greatly in price. Different insurance companies may charge you differently based on how often the bike is used and the condition of the bike.
No Insurance. Large companies such as Geico do not have bike-only coverage plans. There are smaller companies that provide this option, but are scarce in most states. Although some home insurance plans cover some bike accidents, professional riders may be out of luck.
West Coast Trial Lawyers Is Here to Help
If you have sustained injuries as a result of a bicycle accident, you have the right to hold the guilty party responsible. A bicycle accident attorney at our firm can help you recover financial compensation for the losses you have suffered, including medical bills, property damage, lost wages, and pain and suffering from your injury.