Biking is an eco-friendly, health-conscious, and efficient way to get around town. However, the safety of cyclists often hinges on the availability and accessibility of dedicated bike lanes. When these essential lanes are blocked, accidents and catastrophic injuries occur. If you were injured due to a blocked bike lane, it is vital to understand who may be liable, including drivers, other cyclists, construction workers, and other utilities blocking bike lanes. Understanding who may be responsible for your accident can help you pursue justice for the damages you have suffered.
At Jassim Law, our San Diego bicycle accident attorneys are dedicated to protecting the rights and interests of bicycle accident victims. We have extensive experience achieving favorable outcomes for our clients. Our attorneys understand how challenging the aftermath of an accident can be and will fight on your behalf as you focus 100% of your energy on your healing process.
Who Can Be Held Liable for an Accident Caused by a Blocked Bike Lane?
In California, liability typically falls to the party responsible for blocking the lane, with certain exceptions. Depending on the circumstances surrounding your case, several different parties may bear liability, including the following:
- Drivers: Cars parked in a bike lane can cause several hazards. When a bike lane is blocked, cyclists may be forced to swerve into traffic and are also more at risk of being injured in dooring accidents.
- Other cyclists: If other cyclists abandon their bikes in the street, they may create hazards that are difficult to see, causing accidents.
- Construction and landscape companies: Construction, landscape, and other trades’ vehicles and debris can obstruct bicycle lanes, causing hazards, resulting in severe injuries. If your accident was caused by a blocked designated bike lane, you may be able to hold the company responsible for your accident.
- Government entities: Bike lanes can sometimes become blocked due to government vehicles or poor road maintenance. While pursuing a claim against a government entity can be complex, an experienced attorney can help.
While most personal injury claims have a statute of limitations of two years, claims against government entities have much shorter time limits. Before pursuing a lawsuit, you must file an administrative claim, usually within 6 months. A skilled attorney can help ensure you can pursue a claim within this critical deadline, regardless of the liable party.
California’s Bicycle Lane Laws
While bicycle lanes are designated areas for bicyclists, certain situations under California law require cars to enter the bike lane. One of the most common scenarios is when a driver is making a right turn. The solid white line indicating the bike lane will become dotted near an intersection to indicate that cars can enter to make their turn.
If a driver blocks a bike lane legally, the liability surrounding your accident may be more complex. A skilled attorney can investigate to determine who can be held accountable for your injuries and other damages. We understand the ins and outs of California’s bicycle accident laws and will advise you on how they apply to your unique case.
Partner With a Top-Notch Bicycle Accident Attorney at Jassim Law
Following a bicycle accident caused by a blocked bike lane, you deserve to have a dedicated legal advocate on your side. Attorney Pajman Jassim has over 20 years of experience protecting the rights of bicycle accident victims and achieving the best possible outcomes for their claims. He has been repeatedly recognized by outlets like Super Lawyers for his outstanding legal services and is ready to apply his experience and skills to your case. To schedule a free consultation with a knowledgeable personal injury attorney in San Diego, call us today at (619) 554-0624 or complete our contact form.