San Francisco Bike Accident Attorneys
Callaway & Wolf are experienced San Francisco bike accident injury lawyers who are proud members of the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition. 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:
- $3.75 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 Do You Do if You’re Injured in a Bicycle Accident in San Francisco?
If you were hit by a motor vehicle and sustained a serious injury, you’re probably shocked and unsure as to what to do next. Here is what you should do immediately following a bike accident to ensure that your legal options remain in tact and you get the medical attention you need.
- Call the police and report the incident. Even if they can’t make it to your location immediately, make sure you file a report and get the police report number.
- Get the driver’s name, phone number and insurance information.
- Take lots of photos of the accident scene, surrounding area, nearby intersections and any additional vehicles that were involved.
- Make note of any potential sources of video evidence (surrounding businesses, traffic cameras, vehicles with dash cams, etc).
- Get medical attention immediately, and make sure to keep all documents regarding your accident or medical records.
- Call the San Francisco bike accident injury attorneys at Callaway & Wolf at (415) 541-0300.
Do You Need a Bicycle Accident Lawyer?
If or a family member has been in a bike accident which has caused an injury, you should consult with a bike accident lawyer in San Francisco immediately. If you’re bike was the only thing damaged in the collision, a simple property damage claim can often be often be negotiated between you and the insurance company privately. However, if an injury has been sustained a free consultation with Callaway & Wolf can help ensure that all your options are presented to you.
An insurance claims adjuster knows that the average person isn’t prepared to take a claim to court. They’re banking on the fact that you will probably want just enough to cover medical expenses and the inconvenience, but with an experienced injury attorney on your side you will have the representation you need to get the maximum compensation available.
What is California’s Statute of Limitations for Bike Accidents?
California has a two-year statute of limitations to make a claim 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 Lawyer in San Francisco
Callaway & Wolf are highly experienced personal injury lawyers 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.