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 a consultation from an experienced and knowledgeable bicycle accident attorney. Mr. Brustin has personally handled over 1,000 bike accident cases.

Mr. Brustin is prepared to help you obtain the best results possible. 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

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