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

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.