One of the most important components of preparing for a bicycle accident personal injury claim is identifying those parties that could potentially be held liable. Bicycle accidents in California can be caused by numerous different actors and conditions.
These can include careless pedestrians, dangerous road conditions, and reckless drivers. Anyone who has been injured in a bicycle accident in California could pursue a lawsuit against the parties who caused the accident, and those family members who have lost a loved one due to a devastating bicycle accident could even initiate a wrongful death lawsuit to compensate their family for the loss.
Figuring out the city is to blame or could be partially to blame for your accident is important because you have a shorter window of time to file a personal injury lawsuit. Unfortunately, conditions in California are an all too frequent cause of bicycle accidents.
Common road conditions that can contribute to bike accidents include lifted asphalt, loose gravel, cracked cement, pot holes, uneven sidewalks, and damaged road signs. Private property, city property or commercial property could even contribute to dangerous conditions. Some cities in California have been targeted for numerous bicycle accident lawsuit, such as Los Angeles. More than 17 claims, for example, were paid out due to dangerous road conditions in 2017, totaling more than $19 million.
If you suspect that the city of San Francisco could be responsible for the injuries you sustained in the bicycle accident, speaking with a personal injury lawyer is essential.