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 practice 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.

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

Complimentary Telephone Consultation with Mr. Brustin to Discuss Your Case

Mr. Brustin offers a complimentary consultation to cyclists who have been involved in a biking accident. The toll free number is 800. 841.2453.

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. We look forward to receiving your call.

The Law Offices of Gary C. Brustin, APC

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Mr. Brustin’s main offices are located in:

  • San Jose
  • Santa Monica
  • Irvine
  • Palm Springs

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