Rancho Cucamonga Bike Accident Lawyer
Scot Moga | The Attorney Who Rides
Attorney Scot Moga knows what it’s like to ride on public streets, compete in cycling events, and even what it’s like to be struck by a vehicle while riding (twice). That gives us a unique and personal perspective on your case. The Rancho Cucamonga bike accident attorneys at Moga Law Firm represent bicyclists in personal injury claims arising from accidents with cars, trucks, and other motor vehicles. We also have experience handling wrongful death actions on behalf of family members who have lost a loved one in a tragic accident.
Common Causes of Bike Accidents
Bike riding for fun and as a daily mode of transportation is becoming increasingly popular in the Rancho Cucamonga area of Southern California, not withstanding our famous car culture. While cycling promotes a healthy lifestyle and a healthy environment, an unfortunate side effect of increased bike traffic is an increased number of bicycle accidents. According to the most recent National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) data, 618 bicyclists were killed in motor vehicle traffic crashes in 2010 and an additional 52,000 were injured. Bicyclist deaths accounted for nearly 2-percent of all traffic fatalities.
Bicycle riders and automobile drivers have the same rights and must follow the same rules with regard to obeying traffic laws and taking general safety precautions. Even though drivers and cyclists have similar rules, they also have some distinct differences. While both have similar rules of the road, both need to be aware of the differences so they each may safely coexist on the road.
As many bicyclists know, however, motorists often fail to see them or fail to respect their right to share the road. Common causes of bicycle accidents include:
- Drunk driving
- Dangerous road conditions, such as potholes and worn paint on bike lanes
- Defective equipment, including helmets and bike parts
- Negligent or defective bike repair
- Auto drivers making unsafe left or right turns
- Drivers opening car doors as a bicyclist passes
- Drivers misjudging the space needed to pass a bicycle
- Distracted driving, including cell phone use and texting
When bicyclists are involved in an accident, injuries tend to be severe, as bike riders have very little to protect them when they are hit by a car or other larger vehicle. Even when accidents are not fatal, victims may suffer from injuries to the head or spinal column, fractured or dislocated bones, or even lost use of a limb. Our bicycle accident attorneys in Ontario have experience handling cases involving catastrophic injuries.
Bicycle Accident Lawyers in Rancho Cucamonga for Over 20 Years
If you or someone you love has been injured in a bicycle accident, contact the Rancho Cucamonga bicycle accident lawyers at Moga Law Firm by email or call 909-931-2444 for a free initial consultation. We will discuss your accident and any claims for compensation you may have. All legal fees are deferred until we recover money damages on your behalf. Se habla español.