San Francisco Bicycle Accident Attorneys
Our attorneys are experienced San Francisco bicyclists who are proud members of the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition. Callaway & Wolf attorney Boone Callaway took the Urban Street Skills training course at the S.F. Bike Coalition, and when the instructor, Bert Hill, needed a lawyer for his bike accident case, he chose Boone.
In our experience, a surprising number of bike accident cases in San Francisco involve police reports blaming the bicyclist for the accident. We’ve handled many successful cases where the police found our client completely at fault, and many of these have been bike accidents. Our attorneys have won settlements in a number of recent bike accident cases, including:
- $4.7 million settlement with the city of San Francisco for a bicyclist injured by a street sweeper. The bicyclist was legally intoxicated, and was riding at midnight without a helmet, no lights and inadequate reflectors on his bike.
- $322,000 settlement for bicyclist injured in a “right hook” accident on Market Street, after the police issued a report blaming the accident entirely on the bicyclist.
California Law Requires Drivers to Take Responsibility for Causing Bike Accidents
We stand up for our bicycle injury clients, insuring that they receive fair treatment and compensation. San Francisco has more bicycle riders per capita than any other American city. But drivers often do not bother to look for bikes — or don’t want to give them the fair use of the road they are entitled by California law, which permits bike riders full use of a lane whenever there isn’t enough room to ride safely next to a car. To learn more, read the California DMV safety tips for bike riders and car drivers.
Many bike accidents occur when drivers simply don’t see a bike, and change lanes or make a right turn when a bicyclist is to their right. Bicycle riders in California are also often injured by “dooring” — when a person opens their car door without looking to see if a bike is coming. California law requires drivers to look carefully before opening their doors. Drivers are responsible for injuries to bike riders when they break this law.
What is California ‘s Statute of Limitations for Bike Accidents?
California has a two-year statute of limitations for bicycle injuries. This is the time in which your case must be settled, or filed in court. This time limit shrinks to six months if the state or a city is responsible. Even though you may have plenty of time before your time limit is up, our experienced San Francisco bike accident lawyers can help guide you through the process from day one, helping to insure that the proper groundwork is laid for your claim.
Contact a Bike Accident Attorney in San Francisco
If you or someone you know has been injured in a bike accident in the San Francisco Bay Area, from San Jose to Oakland and Marin, contact us for a free consultation using our online contact form. Or call 415-541-0300 to speak to a bike accident lawyer experienced in handling bicycle injury claims and winning settlements.