FAQ's: Bicycle Accidents

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This page is designed to assist victims with common questions that may arise after a bicycle accident.

Question: Can I file a lawsuit for my bicycle accident?

Answer: If you were injured due to the negligence of another party, while riding your bicycle, you can file a lawsuit against the negligent party to recover damages for your property and your injuries - both physical and emotional.

Question: Who are the negligent parties that I can sue?

Answer: Negligence can be caused by several different parties:

  • Negligent drivers
  • Negligent manufacturers, retailers, or distributors of bicycles, bicycle parts, and bicycle accessories
  • Negligent City, County, or State entities who are responsible for maintaining safe roadways
  • Negligent repair shops
  • Negligent property owners

Question: Why do I need a lawyer?

Answer: An experienced San Jose bicycle accident lawyer can conduct an investigation of your case and determine which parties are responsible for your injuries. Our skilled bicycle accident attorneys at Caputo & Van Der Walde LLP are recognized leaders in the field of personal injury litigation because we are committed to aggressively protecting the rights of our clients. We achieve results by obtaining the maximum compensation package possible for our clients so that they can have the best possible outcome.

Question: What are some of the causes of bicycle accidents?

Answer: Bicycle accidents can be caused by negligent motorists, environmental factors, such as unsafe road conditions, or even dog attacks.

Question: What are some precautions that bicyclists can take?

Answer: Bicyclists need to take some precautions to ensure their safety while riding a bike:

  • Always wear a helmet. This is absolutely necessary and will save your life is you are involved in an accident.
  • Wear a reflective or brightly colored shirt or jacket to ensure that motorists will see you.
  • Abide by all traffic laws, using bike lanes whenever possible.
  • If you are involved in an accident, make sure that you get all contact information from the motorist as well as any witnesses. Take pictures of the scene of the accident, and contact our San Jose personal injury law firm as soon as possible. Do not speak with any insurance company or accept any settlement. You may not know the extent of your injuries immediately after your accident.

If you or a loved one has been injured in a bicycle accident in San Jose, please call our knowledgeable San Jose bicycle accident injury lawyers at Caputo & Van Der Walde LLP for a free case evaluation today. Contact our firm at (800) 900-0863.

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