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Left Turn Accident

Left Turn in Front of Bike

One of the most frequently occurring bicycle accidents is known as the "left turner." In this scenario, the cyclist and the motor vehicle operator are approaching an intersection from opposite directions. The driver of the car suddenly makes a left-hand turn in front of the cyclist.

Advice to Cyclists

Despite the fact that the cyclist had the right of way and was riding with care, the cyclist, unfortunately, was at risk the moment the auto turned. The driver never would have turned if he saw the cyclist. In fact, this is the number one excuse we hear from motorists:  "I never saw the cyclist." Therefore, a rider should take two precautionary steps.

First, the rider should double check for left turning vehicles when entering an intersection. Second, a cyclist should always wear bright colored jerseys.

Some motorists do not realize that cyclists have the same right to share the road. Despite the fact that the bicyclist was cycling legally and cautiously, there still may be no way to avoid an illegal left turn incident.

This type of accident can result in death or leave the cyclist with serious injuries, including:

  • Fractured arms
  • Broken legs
  • Brain injury
  • Spine injury
  • Coma
  • Severe skin abrasions
  • Broken elbows

If you or a relative was struck by an automobile or other moving vehicle while riding your bicycle, you may be entitled to compensation for:

  • Injuries
  • Medical expenses
  • Pain and suffering
  • Lost income
  • Property damage
  • Other losses

It is important to be represented by an attorney who is experienced in cycling law.

Gary Brustin, California Bicycle Accident Attorney

California Attorney Gary Brustin is an avid cyclist who devotes his entire law practice to cycling cases. Over the past 20 years, he has personally handled more than 1,000 bicycle accident cases. With offices in Santa Monica and San Jose, Mr. Brustin personally represents each client's case with individualized care and meticulous attention to detail. California-based and licensed attorney Gary Brustin is so knowledgeable, highly regarded and experienced in the field of cycling law, he frequently serves as associate counsel in cycling cases in other states. He has represented clients in:

  • Hawaii, Washington, Oregon
  • Nevada, Arizona, New Mexico
  • Texas, Illinois, New York
  • New Jersey, Florida, Tennessee, Arkansas

Complimentary Bike Lawyer Consultation

If you were involved in a cycling accident, you may call Mr. Brustin at 800. 841.2453 for a complimentary phone consultation to discuss your case. If Mr. Brustin is in court or momentarily unavailable, he will personally return your call, usually within 24 hours. There is no cost or obligation for the complimentary phone call. The consultation gives you the opportunity to ask questions of Mr. Brustin and to better understand your case and the options that are available to you.

Frequently asked questions include whether it is in your best interest to settle the case out of court or to take the case to court for a jury verdict. Other questions may include the amount of compensation to which you may be entitled and whether the case is viable based on the evidence and circumstances at hand. Mr. Brustin has been involved in cycling accidents himself and he is particularly sensitive to your situation and rights as an injured bicyclist.

The Law Offices of Gary C. Brustin, APC

Give Mr. Brustin a call today at 800.841.2453.

He can also be reached by email at info@bicyclelawyer.com

Mr. Brustin's main offices are located at:

2033 Gateway Place
Suite 600
San Jose, CA 95110

100 Wilshire Boulevard
Suite 950
Santa Monica, CA 90401

He represents cyclists throughout the state. He routinely handles cases in Palo Alto, San Jose, Sunnyvale, Mountain View, San Mateo, Menlo Park, Sacramento, San Francisco, Santa Barbara, Ventura, Los Angeles, Orange County and San Diego. He also works with a network of qualified cycling attorneys throughout the country for clients who are seeking representation outside of California.

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San Jose, CA 95110
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Law Offices of Gary C. Brustin, APC 401 Wilshire Blvd, 12th Floor
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We handle cases throughout California, including the cities of:  

Silicon Valley, San Jose, Los Angeles, Santa Monica, San Francisco, Palo Alto, Sunnyvale, Mountain View, San Mateo, Menlo Park, Sacramento, Santa Barbara, Ventura, Orange County and San Diego. We also have a network of qualified cycling attorneys throughout the country for clients who are seeking representation outside of California.