California law gives the rider of a bicycle the same right of way as a motor vehicle with a general negligence rules covering most injuries. However, when a bicycle lane is present, you should use care to stay within the bicycle lane and as far right as possible (or as far left as possible on a one-way street.

One of the most common types of motor vehicle vs. bicycle accidents occur when a motorist negligently opens their car door without checking to see if it is reasonably safe to do so (such as checking the mirror to determine if a bicycle is approaching.

Another major cause of car v. bicycle accidents happens when a vehicle makes an unsafe right turn into the path of a bicycle. Again, the driver of the vehicle needs to make sure that no other vehicles or bicyclists are currently occupying that lane with a right of way.

A bicyclist can also use the entire lane (not merely a bike lane or as far right as reasonably possible) as long as they are keeping up with the flow of traffic.

If you have been injured by the negligence of others while operating anything on wheels, please give us a call at (858) 926-5797 for a free consultation or visit