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
- 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:
- Medical expenses
- Pain and suffering
- Lost income
- Property damage
- Other losses
Gary Brustin, California Bicycle Accident Attorney
California Attorney Gary Brustin is an avid cyclist who has devoted his entire law practice to cycling cases over the past 20 years. He has personally handled more than 1,000 bicycle accident cases.
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. 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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Mr. Brustin’s main offices are located in:
- San Jose
- Santa Monica
- Palm Springs