If You have been Injured on your Bicycle,
We can Help

  • Our firm represents people and the families who have been injured or killed from the wrongful acts of another
  • Our firm offers a complimentary consultation to any cyclist involved in an accident
  • Our firm is knowledgeable of personal injury laws and aggressively pursue your rights
  • We work closely with Our clients to take the stress out of your case
  • We believe that bicyclists have the same rights and responsibilities as everyone else on the road
  • We know how to deal with insurance companies to negotiate fair compensation
  • If your case has to go to trial, we have the experience, knowledge and ability to try your case to a jury

Cycling is becoming more popular as recreation and exercise. More people are choosing cycling not only for their health but also as a way to get to work. As local cyclists know, Bakersfield riders have a degree of vulnerability on the road.

Bicycle Lane

When we speak with you, we can help you understand:

  • Who is at fault and whether there is any comparative fault
  • How long it might take to settle your case
  • The documents that are needed to prove your case
  • What you can recover for: Lost Earnings, Medical Expenses, Property Damage and Pain and Suffering
  • What a contingency fee means to you: No Win, No Fee

Common Sense Bicycle Safety Tips

Lack of Visibility

It is unfortunately too common to hear someone in a car or truck say that "I just didn't see the bike!" after having an accident with a bike. It is best to be defensive and assume motorists can’t see you. The goal is to try to be as visible as possible. Consider wearing bright neon or fluorescent clothing. There are reflective materials you can add to jackets, wristbands and patches for your back, legs and arms, and helmet. Head and taillights are required for riding at night in many California. Be sure you have reflectors on both the front and back of your bike.

The California Vehicle Code section 21201 sets out the Equipment requirements for bicycles. CA Vehicle Code Section 21201

Avoid Heavy Traffic

While we believe that bicyclists have the same rights and responsibilities as any other vehicle on the road, it does not always mean it is safe for the bicyclist especially in high traffic conditions. Even though there have been efforts by Bakersfield to increase bike lanes, there are still some bottle necks such as Oak Street at Truxtun Avenue that are very dangerous at certain time of the day. If it is possible take time to look for safe routes with designated bike lanes, trails or other lightly used roadways. If you must share the road with motor vehicles, it may be safer to “take” the lane by riding in the middle rather than “sharing” the lane with a vehicle. Riding close to the curb does not give you any room to maneuver, and drivers aren’t used to looking there.

Prepare for Your Bike Ride

Safe riding always starts before you hit the road. Here are some preparation rules that can help:

  • Follow the Law
    You have the same rights and responsibilities as any other vehicle on the road. You must obey traffic signals and stop signs.
  • Wear a Helmet
    It is very important to wear a helmet while riding as it can prevent a very serious brain injury.
  • Bicycle Readiness
    Make sure that you bicycle and brakes are adjusted properly.
  • Be Predictable
    Make sure that your intentions are clear to other bikes and motorists. Use hand signals and check behind you before changing lane or turning
  • Be Conspicuous
    Make sure you have highly visible clothing and the required lights. Make eye contact with drivers so that you know that they see you. It is best to avoid biking at night if you can.
  • Bike Defensively
    Bike defensively by anticipating what drivers, pedestrians and other bicyclists might do next. Keep a look out for potholes and other hazards in the road surface.
  • Maintenance of Your Bike
    Keep your bike maintained and check your equipment before you ride.
  • More Resources

    We feel that it is very important to reduce injuries and accidents for bike riders in Bakersfield. Here are some resources that you can learn from and share:

    Areas of Practice