PERSONAL INJURY BLOG

Who is at Fault for Cycling Accidents at Intersections?

Tuesday, September 05, 2017
woman cycling to work in the city approaching at an intersection
As the world is still learning to share the road with cyclists, riding your bike to work or for fun, especially on busy city streets, can be a dangerous experience, more so than getting in a car to drive each day. However, one of the most common areas for cycling accidents is at intersections. Cars aren’t sure how to treat cyclists, cyclists are unsure how cars are going to react, and as everyone tries to figure out who has the right of way, accidents happen. However, discovering who is at fault is all about knowing who had the right of way.

The key to figuring out who has the right of way at an intersection is to assess the environment. When there are no traffic lights at an intersection and you are merely dealing with stops signs, the vehicle that arrives first will always have the right of way, and yes, this includes bicycles. Unfortunately, it can be a huge contributing factor for accidents since cars don’t see bicycles as vehicles of equal measure on the road.

Unfortunately, crossing an intersection on a bicycle can be even trickier at an intersection with traffic lights. Occasionally, bicycles are not heavy enough to trigger sensor-controlled lights. This can leave them waiting for quite a long time until a car comes up behind them. In these cases, some states are passing laws that state a bicycle can cross on red if it is safe, but in California, it will still be the cyclist’s fault if they cross on red and are hit.

If you have been in a bicycle accident, then it is more likely that you weren’t able to limp away without damage to either your person or your bicycle. However, if you had the right of way at an intersection and the car is at fault for your accident, then you have the right to compensation. If you have been in a bicycle accident and need representation, contact us today.

Car Accident--What to do and Who to Call

Tuesday, September 05, 2017

scene of a car accident two people on their phones calling for help

Whether you have been seriously hurt in a car accident personally or a loved one has had this misfortune, please do not hesitate to seek care and help immediately.

There are some steps that the DMV has posted that one should take after getting into a wreck:

1.Make sure you are safe and return to an area that does not put you or someone else into danger

2.Call for help--911 for police and other rescue 

3. Call your insurance company after help has arrived 

4. Exchange information at the scene with the other driver--get insurance information and their accounts of the event and be courteous, however, remember DO NOT ASSUME FAULT

5. Take photos of the scene, the cars, and any other evidence that might be of any help to the police or attorneys--don't forget to take photos of any street signs or other objects of this natureUnfortunately, only seeking medical care after getting injured in a car accident doesn't give you the full protection that you might assume. It is important to get in contact with a trusted law firm, and 

Lederer & Nojima LLP is just that. Getting into a car accident can leave you confused, scared, and concerned. However, the attorneys at Lederer & Nojima have years of experience with personal injury cases. You can rest easy knowing that your case is not only in experienced hands, but it's also in honest hands. At Lederer & Nojima, if your case does not win, the attorneys do not collect any fees--this policy ensures that you and your family are valued as a client and as a victim of a horrific accident. The track record for Lederer & Nojima speaks for itself, after recovering millions of dollars for personal injury clients, this law firm is truly specialized in bringing justice and security to a dreadful event. 
Please, do not hesitate to contact us if you or someone you love has been seriously injured in a car accident. Our offices are open to the surrounding Los Angeles area and we would be delighted to assist you throughout this troubling time. We offer an initial and free case evaluation so that you leave our offices with answers.

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