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It really doesn’t matter why or how you use your bicycle – biking is just fun. Whether you use it regularly or just on occasion, when you go out, you expect to be safe. Riding on a bike can give you a sense of freedom and control that you just don’t have in a regular vehicle.

No matter how hard you strive to be careful when you are on your bike, sometimes accidents happen. Often, they happen because someone else wasn’t paying attention.

If you’ve been in an accident while on your bike, you may need a San Mateo bicycle accident attorney. At Allegiance Law, we are ready to help you.

Around Town

San Mateo has a large and well developed downtown area and it can be a wonderful place to bike around. With so many shops and restaurants to browse, not to mention the many historic sights to see, you can’t go wrong.

Biking can be a great way to exercise. It’s low impact and relaxing. Some people bike to get to and from work, preferring to save money on fuel. After all, it is more environmentally friendly. Some people even use their bikes for their job, from delivery drivers to mail couriers.

It’s common to see many people biking around San Mateo. Unfortunately, sometimes accidents happen.

Take Precautions

We know your bike carefully and are aware of your surroundings. Despite the precautions you may take, drivers may not be so careful. A careless driver can create a nightmare for bicyclists.

Sometimes a driver takes a turn at an intersection even though they do not have a green light. If you are riding your bike through the intersection when that happens, you often have no warning of an oncoming vehicle. Often, a driver is going too fast and fails to see a bike until it is too late.

More than ever, drivers are distracted while behind the wheel. Smartphones are a part of our lives, but they can cause drivers to take their eyes off the road. If you are on your bicycle, you have no way of knowing that a driver is not paying attention.

A bicyclist has almost no protection against a vehicle that weighs thousands of pounds. Even with a helmet, the potential for injuries is high. Getting injured in a bicycle accident can lead to hospital stays and cause you to miss work.

What To Do

If you or a loved one have been in a bicycle accident, notify the police to they can determine who was at fault. Seek medical attention for any injuries, no matter how minor they may seem.

After that you may need a bicycle accident attorney in San Mateo to help you through the process. You may feel pressured to speak to insurance companies and hand over medical records, but please don’t do that until you speak with a legal professional. At Allegiance Law, we can help you sift through medical records, accident reports, insurance documents, and, if need be, footage of the accident. You can contact us by clicking here or calling 415-404-6395.