Is CA driver negligent if bicyclist was hit in bike lane?

By |2022-01-05T19:38:19+00:00March 10th, 2017|

Bicyclists are all over California roads, and for good reason. Bicycling has great health benefits, is good for the environment and is over-all a great way to commute to work or to get around in your daily life. When you choose to be a bicyclist, you will inevitably come into contact with motor-vehicles on your daily routes. Some bicyclists end up coming much closer than they bargained for when they are involved in a bicycle accident.

Many California roads offer bike lanes or bike buffer zones that are in place to prevent bicycle accidents from happening. You can recognize a bicycle buffer zone by the buffered space around the bike lane that increases the space between bikes and cars or parked cars. These buffer zones are usually marked with painted strips and sometimes with images of bicycles on the pavement to denote the adjacent bike lane.

Injuries sustained in a bicycle accident can be life altering Beyond the life-changing injury, personal finances can be negatively affected.. Medical expenses can mount after suffering bicycle accident injury. This, compiled with lost wages due to an inability to work can really leave the injured and their family in a bad situation.

The aftermath of a bicycle accident can be confusing and uncharted territory for most. Injured bicyclists may be looking for a responsible party. Oftentimes, if a bicyclist was in the bike lane, the driver of the motor-vehicle could be found negligent for their injuries in the accident. AN experienced lawyer can guide injured victims through the legal process involved in holding someone responsible for their actions.


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Doug Easton has practiced law since 1971. After 20 years of practicing with various large litigation firms, he founded the Law Offices of W. Douglas Easton in 1991 as a solo practitioner. In the years that followed, Doug’s sons Brian and Matt joined him in the practice and helped build the firm into a powerful force to help right the wrongs done to their clients. Much of their success over the years has stemmed from the dynamic created by the familial nature of the firm and how harmoniously they all work together, each of their individual strengths complementing and fortifying the group as a whole. Accordingly, the firm changed its name to Easton & Easton, LLP in 2014 to better reflect the true dynamic of the firm and Doug now serves as Managing Partner of Easton & Easton. In 2015, Doug was selected as a Top 100 Litigation Lawyer in California by The American Society of Legal Advocates. In addition, Doug is listed in Strathmore’s Who’s Who, and in 2008 was named its “Professional of the Year” in Medical Malpractice.
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