Merge Left / Rear-End Collision

Merge Left / Rear-End Collision

One of the most dangerous accident situations occurs when a cyclist moves into the roadway to make his or her left-hand turn. Simultaneously, a motorist comes up quickly from behind and “rear-ends” the cyclist. Unfortunately, this can result in severe injuries or even death.

Advice to Cyclists – Minimize the Opportunity for a Merge Left / Rear-End Collision to Occur

Stay to the right as long as you can and make sure the left lane is clear. Carefully observe the placement and speed of all on-coming vehicles. Look in all four directions. Most importantly, take your time. If the situation is not right, do not take a risk. Wait until you are certain the road is as clear as it can be. It is very difficult to estimate an approaching vehicle’s speed when glancing behind you.

Despite the best pro-active safety measures as stated above, a rider never really knows if or when a dangerous driver will “rear-end” him. The point is this: a car may weigh 3,000 or 4,000 lbs. Cyclists are at the mercy of these two-ton missiles. The impact can produce fractured limbs, spinal damage, coma or death.

If more motorists were simply aware that cyclists have the right to share the road, there would be far fewer accidents. More lives would be saved. Less injuries would occur.

Attorney Gary Brustin, California Cyclist Rights Attorney

Mr. Brustin’s entire case load consists of cyclists who have been injured in bike accidents. He has personally handled more than 1,000 cycling accident personal injury cases and has consulted on another 5,000. In addition to his case load in California, where he is member of the California Bar, he also handles out-of-state cases by associating with local counsel. Mr. Brustin has litigated cases in:

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

Mr. Brustin also volunteers his time as a Board Member of several cycling organizations:

  • League of American Bicyclists, Board of Directors, 2004-2012
  • Silicon Valley Bicycle Coalition, Board of Directors, 2008 to present.
  • California Bike Coalition, Board of Directors, 2000-2010

When Mr. Brustin takes on a case, he will analyze it from all possible perspectives. In many instances Mr. Brustin will ride the path of the accident on his bike and drive his car over the defendant’s route. This is a balanced form of investigation which allows Mr. Brustin to “feel” and “see” what actually might have occurred at the accident. Based on his experience and observations, Mr. Brustin is in a better position to recommend a well-reasoned course of action to his clients. Although each case varies, you can expect a similar amount of attention to detail in your own case.

The keys to Mr. Brustin’s success:

  1. Meticulous attention to detail.
  2. Leave no stone unturned.
  3. Handle the case personally.
  4. Give honest advice to each client.
  5. Focus on service.
  6. Each client deserves and receives respect and compassion.
  7. Answer every question.

Complimentary Telephone Consultation with Mr. Brustin to Discuss Your Case

Mr. Brustin offers a complimentary telephone consultation to cyclists who have been involved in a biking accident. The toll free number is 800. 841.2453. If Mr. Brustin is temporarily unavailable, please leave your phone number and information with the secretary or the answering service. Mr. Brustin will personally return your call within 24 hours.

What can you expect to discuss at your complimentary phone consultation?

  • Details of your case
  • Bicycle laws
  • Explanation of case procedures
  • Case viability
  • You will be able to ask the questions that are on your mind regarding your case

Also, you may be able to obtain an estimate of what the case might be worth if it is settled or if it goes to trial. Mr. Brustin settles about 95% of his cases out of court, which speeds the process up considerably, compared to taking the case to trial. We look forward to receiving your call.

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

401 Wilshire Blvd,
12th Floor
Santa Monica, CA 90401

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

Distracted Driving

Distracted driving is extremely dangerous for motorists and for cyclists. In order to reduce and eliminate all unnecessary accidents, and it is estimated that some 80% of all cycling accidents are avoidable, it is essential for cyclists and automobile drivers to drive with full awareness and concentration. In fact, some studies indicate that texting while driving is more dangerous than driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol.

Advice to Cyclists

Cyclists are advised to drive with as much awareness as possible, keeping both eyes on the road and paying attention to the environment at all times. Always drive defensively.

Unfortunately, even when a cyclist is fully attuned to roadway conditions, motorists may drive recklessly. A bicycle is no match for a car, truck or SUV. Many motorists do not understand that cyclists have the right to share the road. Knowingly or unknowingly, motorists bully cyclists.

Gary Brustin, California Cycling Attorney

California Cycling Attorney Gary Brustin devotes his entire law practice to helping cyclists who have been injured in cycling accidents. Mr. Brustin has been cycling for more than 40 years and he knows from personal experience what it is like to be in cycling accidents. He uses his personal experience and knowledge to help others.

  • He has personally handled more than 1,000 bicycle accident cases.
  • He has consulted on approximately 5,000 additional potential cycling cases.
  • He has represented clients in more than a dozen states other than California.
  • Note: In comparison to Mr. Brustin’s expertise, a typical defense attorney or insurance adjuster may have handled only a few bike injury cases in his career.

When Mr. Brustin is not in court or handling cases, he spends his time giving back to the community by sitting as a Director on these Boards:

  • The League of American Bicyclists in Washington, D.C.
  • Silicon Valley Bicycle Coalition in San Jose, CA

Mr. Brustin also sponsors many bike groups and causes, including:

  • League of American Bicyclists
  • Bicycle Club of Irvine, helmet donation program
  • Silicon Valley Bicycle Coalition
  • Los Angeles County Bicycle Coalition
  • Contra Costa County, helmet donation program
  • Frequent speaker to groups on bike laws and bike safety
  • Frequently publishes articles on bike laws and safety, for example: New York Times, Los Angeles Times, San Francisco Weekly, Velo News, City Sports, Travel and Leisure

Mr. Brustin frequently handles out-of-state cycling accident cases by associating with local counsel. In addition to California, he has litigated cases in approximately a dozen states including:

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

Complimentary Telephone Consultation with Mr. Brustin to Discuss Your Case

Were you involved in a cycling accident? If so, Mr. Brustin offers a complimentary phone consultation. During this phone consultation with Mr. Brustin, you can expect to discuss:

  • Details of your case
  • Bike laws
  • Legal procedures involved in the case
  • Whether to settle out-of-court or try the case before a jury
  • Case value estimates & whether you have a viable case

As noted above, you may wonder whether you have a viable, winning case and if so, how much the case might be worth. While an exact answer is generally not possible, Mr. Brustin will usually be able to give you an approximate estimate of the value of the case. As the case progresses, the numbers often change. You may also wonder how long it will take to resolve your case. Generally, about 95% of the cases that Mr. Brustin handles are resolved within nine months of the accident. In comparison, cases that are decided in court often take about three years or more. Call the Law Office of Gary C. Brustin at 800.841.2453 to schedule your complimentary phone consultation. If Mr. Brustin is unavailable, please leave your phone number with the secretary or the answering service. You may call 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Mr. Brustin will personally return your call, usually the same day. There is no obligation whatsoever for the complimentary consultation. We are a “hands-on” law firm. If you retain his office, Mr. Brustin personally takes full control of your matter. He does not out-source his cases.

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

401 Wilshire Blvd,
12th Floor
Santa Monica, CA 90401

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

Car Door Accident

Door Open (Doored) – Cyclist Slamming into Car’s Suddenly Opened Door

This occurs in one of two ways. The first typically occurs when a door is flung open on the driver’s side of a parked car. The second occasionally happens when a passenger suddenly opens a door on the right side of a car which is stopped in traffic. The cyclist usually hits the car door or window. Upon impact it is possible for the cyclist to fly over the top of the car door. The level of injury can vary depending on how the door was angled when the rider impacted the door. A door just opening presents a sharp corner that can do serious physical damage to a rider. The cyclist could experience injuries ranging from broken limbs to simple road rash.

Advice to Cyclists – Preventative, Defensive Cycling

While it may be possible in some cases for a cyclist to avoid running into a suddenly-opened vehicle door, the driver and passengers should be aware of cyclists and pedestrians before opening a car door. Cyclists should scan continually while riding. Be aware of cars that have just parked, people in parked vehicles and other clues which may signal that someone is about to exit their vehicle.

Gary Brustin, California Bicycle Accident Attorney

California-based cycling accident Attorney Gary Brustin frequently lectures to cycling groups on bicycle safety. He also publishes bike-safety awareness articles in highly respected publications such as the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times and the San Francisco Weekly. Mr. Brustin is a life-long active cyclist and he devotes his entire law practice to bike injury cases. He has personally handled more than 1,000 bicycle accident cases and has consulted on more than 5,000 others. Most importantly, he personally represents every client himself. In addition to his California cases, Mr. Brustin frequently handles cases in other states by associating with local counsel in those jurisdictions.

About 95% of Mr. Brustin’s cases are resolved – in the client’s favor – within 9 months of the cycling accident. In comparison, cases that go to trial often take three years or more.

Complimentary Consultation with Mr. Gary Brustin, California Bicycle Accident Attorney

Mr. Brustin offers a free telephone consultation to those who have been injured in a cycling accident. The consultation will help you understand more about the legal system as it relates to your case. You may discuss issues such as:

  • The case details
  • Bike laws
  • Case and legal procedure
  • Whether to settle out-of-court or go to trial
  • How the accident has affected your present and future earning potential
  • Whether your bike is insured

A common question is: “What will it cost to hire Mr. Brustin if he takes the case?” The answer is that Mr. Brustin receives a contingency fee, or a percentage of the amount of money recovered “if and when the case is resolved in your favor.” That contingency fee ranges from 33.33% to 40%. There might also be some costs and expenses that are usually advanced by the attorney and deducted from the final settlement. Mr. Brustin will always have a full and candid discussion with you regarding fees and costs. You may schedule the free phone consultation with Mr. Brustin by calling the toll free office number: 800.841.2453.

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

401 Wilshire Blvd, 12th Floor
Santa Monica, CA 90401

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

Driver Road Rage

Driver Road Rage

What is road rage upon a cyclist? There are countless reports and numerous You Tube videos of motorist road rage assaults upon cyclists. At the most basic level, road rage upon a cyclist is any type of verbal or physical behavior that interferes with the cyclist’s ability to ride safely and/or interferes with his or her freedom of movement. A specific example is when a motorist or passenger in a car throws a bottle of water or a can of soda at a cyclist, attempting to harm the cyclist. Any type of road rage is unacceptable, illegal and extremely dangerous.

These types of injuries are especially dangerous for two reasons:

  • The “road-rager” may directly harm the cyclist
  • The harm may result in a more serious and complex injury from other cars

Advice to Cyclists – What to do in a Road Rage Attack

Copy the license plate of the vehicle if you can do so without getting injured. Cycle out of harm’s way and call the police immediately. If you were hurt, call an ambulance. Road rage is a criminal offense. Convicted offenders may face fines and incarceration.

Although the following information pertains more to vehicles than cyclists, this information is useful and relevant: According to the California Department of Motor Vehicles, “Aggressive driving and road rage happens when crowded roads and impatience cause one driver to react angrily to another driver.” To avoid aggressive driving and road rage situations:

  • Do not cut off other drivers
  • Ride on the right side of roadway when traveling slower than the flow of traffic
  • Do not tailgate
  • Do not make gestures to other drivers
  • Do not argue with aggressive drivers
  • If you feel threatened, call 911 immediately

Prevent a potentially violent incident by:

  • Avoiding eye contact with an angry driver
  • Giving an angry driver plenty of space

Gary Brustin, California Cyclist Rights Attorney:

If you were injured in a road rage incident or any other cycling accident, it is essential for you to obtain aggressive and experienced legal representation from a California attorney who has in-depth knowledge of the relevant statutes and procedures that govern your case. Depending on the facts of the case you may be able to recover monetary damages for your injuries and other losses.

Gary Brustin has personally litigated or settled over 1,000 personal injury cycle cases. He has consulted on an additional 5,000 cases. Mr. Brustin’s entire law practice is devoted to protecting the rights of injured cyclists. Although he handles cases throughout the state of California, he also frequently litigates cases in other states by associating with local counsel. Other states include:

  • Texas
  • Washington
  • Oregon
  • Hawaii
  • Nevada
  • New York
  • Illinois
  • New Jersey
  • Florida

In addition to Mr. Brustin’s law practice, he has been giving back to the community for decades by sponsoring various bicycle teams. Due to limited space only a few are mentioned:

  • League of American Bicyclists
  • Nicole Freedman, Women’s U.S. Olympic Cycling Team
  • Race Across America, 1991 to 1998
  • Fremont Freewheelers, 2000-2004
  • VeloGirls, 2005 to present

Complimentary Consultation with Cycling Attorney Gary Brustin

If you were involved in a cycling accident, you are invited to call our office to schedule a complimentary personal phone consultation with Mr. Brustin. Please call our toll free number:  800.841.2453. If Mr. Brustin is unavailable, he will personally return your call, usually within 24 hours. During your phone consultation you will discuss:

  • The overview of your case
  • The details of your case
  • Whether your case is viable
  • Estimates on how much compensation you may expect to receive
  • Bicycle laws

Of course, each case is different and each case stands on its own. During your free consultation, you will have the opportunity to ask Mr. Brustin questions about your case. If your case is accepted, Mr. Brustin will work on a contingency fee basis.

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

401 Wilshire Blvd, 12th Floor
Santa Monica, CA 90401

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

Dog Versus Bike Accident

Dog versus Bike

Some dogs are attracted to moving bikes, shiny spokes, spinning wheels, tires and chains. The question is this: If a dog runs after you while you are riding your bike, what is the best way to handle it?

Advice to Cyclists

Don’t try to out run the dog. The best thing to do is to come to a stop. Diving into rock solid asphalt at high speed is extremely dangerous. It’s always better to get off your bike and avoid the fall. Of course you don’t want to harm the dog with defensive objects like pepper spray, but you also want to protect yourself. In a perfect world, the dog’s owner will show up and take the dog away. If the owner does not show up and you feel that you are in danger, you may want to place your bike between you and the dog. If the dog calms down and retreats, walk your bike slowly away. Carefully ride away once the dog is out of sight.

A dog owner is responsible for his dog’s conduct. There is no way to know how a dog will react to this situation. If you were attacked by a dog while riding on a public street, or if you were injured as a result of the dog’s behavior, the owner is responsible for the dog’s actions. Always report the incident to the police or the animal control department.

California Cycling Attorney Gary Brustin

If you were injured by a dog in a bicycle accident, hire an attorney who has an extremely successful track record in this area of personal injury law. Gary Brustin, who is licensed to practice law in the state of California, has personally handled more than 1,000 cycling accident cases. In addition to his own practice, attorneys in other states frequently call upon him to co-counsel and participate in their cases. He has participated in cases in the following states:

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

Mr. Brustin has combined his two great passions, cycling and law, by devoting his entire practice to cycling cases. In addition to representing injured cyclists, Mr. Brustin regularly contributes his own time and resources by lecturing on bicycle safety and cycling law. Mr. Brustin is also a well-published author and his articles have appeared in prestigious publications, including:

  • New York Times
  • Los Angeles Times
  • Bicycling Magazine
  • Sacramento Bee
  • Travel and Leisure
  • Many others

Complimentary Consultation with California Bicycle Accident Attorney Gary Brustin

Despite the fact that an estimated 80% of all bike accidents can be avoided, approximately 100 bicycle deaths are reported annually in California. When a bicycle accident occurs, make sure your rights are protected and you receive adequate compensation for your injuries including medical costs, loss of earnings, loss of earning potential and other damages including your bike. It is in your best interest to be represented by an attorney who has a successful record of winning cycling cases for his clients. It is also important to be represented by a lawyer who is thoroughly familiar with the laws that govern your case which include bicycle law, tort law, civil procedure and evidence.

Gary Brustin offers a complimentary phone consultation to any cyclist who was involved in a bike accident. You can expect to gain clarity and information during this phone consultation that will help you proceed in your case. Topics may cover:

  • Details of the case from the attorney’s viewpoint
  • The bike laws that apply to your case
  • Court and out-of-court procedure
  • Possible compensation amounts of your case
  • Your rights in the case
  • Whether to take the case to trial or settle out-of-court

Call The Law Office of Gary Brustin, Cycling Attorney, at 800. 841.2413. If Mr. Brustin is not available immediately, he will personally return your call within 24 hours – often much sooner. There is no obligation for the phone consultation.

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

401 Wilshire Blvd, 12th Floor
Santa Monica, CA 90401

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

Side-Swipe Accident

Side-Swipe

A side-swipe is another extremely dangerous cycling situation. It is a clear violation of California’s 3 foot passing law. In a common side-swipe scenario, a vehicle is pulling an over-sized trailer or has unusually large rear-view mirrors mounted on the doors. In either case, the width of the vehicle is dangerously extended. This increases the chances of hitting a bicyclist who is lawfully riding along the right side of the road. This situation usually results in severe injuries or death.

Advice to Cyclist – Avoiding a Side-Swipe

Be aware that the mirrors of these vehicles typically extend considerably outward and that the loads or trailers may be significantly wider than the vehicle itself. It is essential to give yourself as much extra room as possible when these vehicles are passing. Make constant use of your rear-view mirror and be aware of how much space you have. As usual, cycle defensively and try to avoid expressways where vehicles can hit you at excessive speeds.  Despite all precautions, when a side-swipe occurs, there is often little or no time at all to react.

Gary Brustin, California Bicycle Attorney

If you were injured by a side-swiping vehicle or other bicycle accident, you are advised to obtain legal representation from a highly experienced and qualified California bicycle accident attorney as soon as possible. Gary Brustin is a life-long cyclist and bicycle safety advocate as well as a dedicated personal injury attorney. His passion for cycling and law result in a legal practice dedicated solely to bicycle accident victims.

Having personally handled more than 1,000 bicycle accident cases and having consulted on an additional 5,000 bike cases, Attorney Gary Brustin is known for his ability to get to the truth of the case at hand. In many cases Mr. Brustin personally rides the accident route on his own bicycle. Additionally, he drives the route in his car in an effort to experience the case from a comprehensive perspective. His dedication to his work has resulted in the great majority of his cases, about 95%, being settled within nine months of the client’s original phone consultation.

Complimentary Consultation with San Jose Attorney Gary Brustin

Mr. Brustin offers a complimentary phone consultation to anyone who has been injured in a bicycle accident. This confidential consultation gives the injured bicycle accident victim the opportunity to ask questions and to obtain a better grasp of the legal procedures that are involved in a bicycle accident personal injury case. Clients often ask questions of this nature:

  • How much will it cost to pursue the case?
  • What are my responsibilities?
  • Will my medical expenses be paid by the driver of the vehicle that struck me?
  • How much will I be able to recover for my injuries?
  • Will my bike be replaced?
  • What if long term physical therapy is needed?
  • How long will it take to receive compensation?

In your complimentary consultation, you will be treated with compassion and respect. Mr. Brustin has been involved in three cycling accidents of his own and he knows what it is like to experience injuries. In fact, Mr. Brustin frequently speaks to bike clubs, groups and organizations on safety issues and other biking matters. He is a concerned cyclist and safety advocate.

Please feel free to call our office at any time of the day or night. If Mr. Brustin is in court or otherwise unavailable, he will personally return your call within 24 hours. Mr. Brustin personally represents bicycle injury clients throughout California. Additionally, he has co-counseled in more than a dozen states.

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

401 Wilshire Blvd, 12th Floor
Santa Monica, CA 90401

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

Right Turn Accident

Right Turn in Front of Bicyclist

A “right hook” occurs when a motor vehicle travels parallel to the cyclist, accelerates, passes, and then suddenly makes an unexpected right turn without signaling. The rider is helplessly cut off. This situation is extremely dangerous and can result in serious injuries or death.

Cyclist Advice – Avoiding a Right Hook

If you are passed on your left side by a car at an intersection or cross road, the first thing to be aware of is the possibility that the car may indeed cut you off by making a right hand turn in front of you. In this right hand turn scenario, make it a habit to observe the direction of the car’s front right wheel to see if it is turning toward the right. If the car’s wheel does indeed turn to the right, your advanced anticipation and active awareness may give you more time to react quickly and get out of harm’s way. Little can be done, unfortunately, if an accelerating motor vehicle is moving too quickly in your direction.

  • Always wear your helmet.
  • Wear highly visible cycling gear
  • Use your head and tail lights at night

Gary Brustin, California Bicycle Accident Attorney

Unfortunately, bike accidents occur all too frequently in California. If you or a relative were injured in a bike accident, you want to make sure that you are represented by an experienced and knowledgeable California bicycle accident attorney.

Gary Brustin is a California bicycle accident lawyer and an avid bicycle rider. In fact, Mr. Brustin devotes his entire law practice to cyclists who were injured in bike accidents. Mr. Brustin is intimately familiar with California’s bicycle and traffic laws and he has personally handled more than 1,000 bicycle accident cases. He has also consulted on more than 5,000 additional bicycle cases.

In many cases Mr. Brustin will ride the accident route on his bike as well as drive it in his car. As a lawyer with a cyclist’s mentality, he will make sure he is keenly aware of the circumstances under which the accident occurred.

Complimentary Consultation with Santa Monica Bicycle Accident Attorney

If you were hurt in a bicycle accident, you will undoubtedly have many questions about your case. Mr. Brustin offers a complimentary phone consultation with any bicyclist who was involved in a bike accident. During this personal, confidential conversation with Mr. Brustin, you will be able to ask questions which may include:

  • Your rights as a cyclist
  • Whether you may be entitled to compensation for your injuries
  • Possible ways the case may proceed
  • Possible time frame of the case
  • Whether to settle out of court or take the case to trial
  • What to expect during the process

Of course, each case is different and the consultation offers the opportunity to get an overview of where you stand and how to proceed. If Mr. Brustin is in court or unavailable at the time of your call, please leave your number with his secretary and he will personally call you back. The toll free number is answered 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Mr. Brustin has offices in Santa Monica and San Jose, listed below. Additionally, Attorney Gary Brustin frequently co-counsels bicycle cases in states outside of California.

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

401 Wilshire Blvd, 12th Floor
Santa Monica, CA 90401

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

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

401 Wilshire Blvd, 12th Floor
Santa Monica, CA 90401

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

Gap Turn Accident

Gap Left Turn

A gap left turn incident occurs when the driver of an on-coming vehicle suddenly makes a turn through an opening in backed-up stopped traffic. At the same time, the cyclist is traveling in the opposite direction next to the curb and passing the backed-up line of cars. The turning vehicle has the duty to yield to the cyclist but usually doesn’t. The car may strike the cyclist or cause the cyclist to crash while trying to avoid the impact. The cyclist has only a slight chance of escaping the collision.

This is an extremely dangerous situation for the cyclist. A collision could result in:

  • Fractured ribs
  • Fractured extremities
  • Internal damage
  • Spinal damage
  • Brain damage
  • Other injuries

Safety Advice to Cyclists

There is little the cyclist can do to avoid a carelessly driven vehicle in motion. The road is shared by cyclists and motorists. The fact that the vehicle is thousands of pounds heavier and motorized puts the cyclist at an immediate disadvantage. Unfortunately, there is no way to defend against a car that drives too fast, recklessly and without regard to the cyclist or the rules of the road. The best a cyclist can do in this situation is to reduce speed when approaching a gap in traffic and be ready to stop at a moment’s notice.

Gary Brustin, California Bicycle Accident Attorney

Mr. Brustin is devoted to helping bike accident victims recover the compensation they deserve under the law. Automobile insurance policies generally cover accidents of this nature, providing monetary compensation for medical bills, pain and suffering, present and future loss of earnings and other losses. Mr. Brustin is an avid cyclist and bike safety advocate. He is intimately familiar with the California laws and procedures that govern bike accidents.

Depending on the specifics of the case, damages may possibly be recovered from several parties, including, but not limited to:

  • Vehicle owners
  • Drivers of cars, buses, motorcycles, trucks or other vehicles
  • City, County or State that oversees the maintenance of the street or roadway
  • Property owners may be liable for damages if their private property was improperly maintained

Complimentary Consultation with California Bicycle Attorney Gary Brustin

If you were injured in a cycling accident, it is essential to obtain legal representation from an experienced and knowledgeable bicycle accident attorney. Mr. Brustin has personally handled over 1,000 bike accident cases and is frequently called upon to represent bike accident victims in out-of-state cases.

Mr. Brustin is prepared to help you obtain the best results possible whether the case is settled out of court or goes to trial. You may call our office at 800.841.2453 to schedule your complimentary and confidential legal consultation. You will speak directly with Mr. Brustin. You will not passed along to a paralegal or secretary. You will have the opportunity to discuss your case and ask questions to help you better understand:

  • Your position in the case
  • How much you may be entitled to recover
  • Case and court procedures
  • Possible suggestions whether to pursue the case in court or settle out of court

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

401 Wilshire Blvd, 12th Floor
Santa Monica, CA 90401

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