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Bicycle Accident Attorneys in Chula Vista

The breathtaking Californian scenery and glorious weather combine to make cycling around Chula Vista a very tempting prospect. What could be better than spending your commute, or your daily errands, enjoying the warmth of the sunshine on your back, while knowing that you have chosen a transportation option which is both healthy and environmentally-friendly? Aside from, perhaps, not having to commute or run those errands at all, there is not much.

Unfortunately, due to the volumes of traffic on Chula Vista roads, and the highways in the surrounding areas, choosing to travel by bicycle also puts you at significant risk of being injured in a traffic accident. According to the most recent statistics published by the California Office of Traffic Safety – relating to 2015 – around 64 cyclists per year are injured or killed in Chula Vista bicycle accidents, with almost 1,000 affected by bicycle accidents across San Diego County.

Would you know what to do if you were involved in a collision while cycling? When you hire a Chula Vista personal injury attorney from Eugene Bruno & Associates, you do not need to be familiar with the legal processes associated with recovering compensation after an incident. Through entrusting your lawsuit to our expert lawyers, you are free to rest and recover from the injuries you have sustained through no fault of your own.

The Bikeway Master Plan and Cycling in Chula Vista

The City of Chula Vista recognizes the needs of cyclists and, as a result, introduced the Bikeway Master Plan in 1996, outlining the facilities which were required across the city, and proposing integration with the bike network across San Diego County. Thanks to regular updating, cyclists in Chula Vista can enjoy excellent amenities. With regards to the laws when cycling on the roads, those on bicycles, and in motor vehicles such as cars and trucks, are expected to follow the same rules of the roads. In short, this means acting in a safe and responsible manner, with a view to ensuring the safety of yourself and others around you. However, as those 64 cyclists per year can attest, this does not always happen in reality.

Bicycle accidents in Chula Vista, and beyond, are most commonly caused by the following factors:

  • Drivers pulling out of a junction without checking for cyclists, either striking the bicycle, or making it unavoidable for the cyclist to hit the side of the vehicle
  • Drivers making a right turn without checking for cyclists
  • Overtaking a cyclist without allowing sufficient space
  • Changing lanes without carrying out proper observations
  • Rear-ending
  • Passengers or drivers in parked cars opening their doors without checking for nearby bicycles
  • Drivers turning left, cutting off oncoming cyclists

What to Do after a Chula Vista Bicycle Accident

If you are involved in a Chula Vista bicycle accident, our attorneys recommend following these steps to protect your legal rights:

  • Notify emergency services, and ensure you receive a copy of the police report
  • Take photos of your injuries, damage to your property, and the scene of the accident
  • Make notes of all details you can remember, as you may be surprised by how quickly you start to forget
  • Do not give a statement to anyone other than the police, and do not say anything which may be misconstrued as an admission of guilt

Finally, you should ensure you secure outstanding legal representation.

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