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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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.