Contrary to the opinion of many road users, bicyclists have the same right to use Los Angeles roadways as drivers of motor vehicles. If a driver’s emotions got behind the wheel while you were on a bicycle, and you were injured as a result of that driver’s carelessness or intentional act, contact us at your earliest possible convenience to arrange for a free consultation with a Los Angeles bicycle accident attorney from our offices. Our law firm limits itself exclusively to the representation of injured bicyclists in and around the Los Angeles area.
Cases of road rage and using a motor vehicle as a potentially deadly weapon are relatively rare, but if you commute to work every day by car, you’ll likely see frequent aggressive driving. The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration defines aggressive driving as “operation of a motor vehicle in a manner that endangers or is likely to endanger persons or property.” Here are some examples of how motorists might drive aggressively when there is a bicyclist in their immediate presence:
- Follow a bicyclist too closely.
- Drive too close to a cyclist when passing him or her.
- Deliberately swerve into the path of an oncoming bicyclist.
- Purposefully block a bike lane or bike box.
- Disregard a traffic signal or stop sign to get ahead of a bicyclist.
When an aggressive driver’s behavior causes an accident with a bicyclist, that victim has the right to file a claim and seek compensation for his or her injuries under the law of negligence. There is a duty incumbent on all drivers to use due care and caution for the safety of the person and property of anybody else on or about the roadway. If a driver is held to be negligent, he or she would be liable for the damages suffered by the bicyclist.
Road Rage and Intentional Acts
Harmful contact with a bicyclist or their bike coupled with the requisite intent is an intentional act. Although insurance companies cover negligence, they don’t cover intentional acts. That leaves the motorist uninsured for purposes of an intentional road rage crash that causes injuries to a bicyclist.
Uninsured Motorist Insurance
A bicyclist who was the victim of an intentional road rage act by a motorist might still be able to obtain compensation for injuries suffered as a result of a road rage crash if he or she has uninsured motorist insurance, even if the crash involved a hit-and-run. If you own a both a motor vehicle and a bike, given your vulerability to serious injuries on a bike, you’ll want as much uninsured motorist coverage as you can get. Regardless of the fact that you’ll be making an uninsured motorist claim with your own insurance company, don’t expect to be treated very well at all. How long you’ve been faithfully paying your premiums to that insurer doesn’t matter. It’’s in business to keep an insured person’s money and not pay it out.
Contact a Bicycle Injury Lawyer
Los Angeles Bicycle Law represents bicyclists because we are bicyclists. We know first-hand how rewarding, yet dangerous, cycling can be in the Los Angeles area. Even though the law treats bicyclists with the responsibilities and rights of a motor vehicle, the road itself offers far fewer protections. That is why we actively fight to protect bicyclists in our community. If you have been injured in a bicycle accident in Los Angeles, contact Los Angeles Bicycle Law today.
Our law firm focuses exclusively on the representation of injured bicyclists in and around Los Angeles. Never give a statement of any kind to the opposing insurance company. California law doesn’t require you to give one without an attorney being present on your behalf. If you were injured as a result of an aggressive or road raged driver, contact our offices as soon as you can to arrange for a free consultation with a knowledgeable and successful Los Angeles bicycle accident lawyer from our offices. We want to obtain the maximum compensation that you deserve for you.