Bicycle Accidents Attorneys




Ellis + Riccobono TeamPersonal injury attorneys Tobin Ellis & Santo Riccobono specialize in bicycle accident cases. We provide expert legal advice, help gather evidence, and build a strong case for you. We’ve successfully handled complex cases, including a record-breaking $29.5 million settlement for the wrongful death of a cyclist.


Bike Accidents – Too Many To Count


Tragically, too many bicyclists die each year in traffic collisions. Preventable deaths from bicycle transportation incidents increased 16% in 2020, according to the National Safety Council. They increased 44% in the last 10 years, from 873 to 1,260 from 2011 to 2020. 806 individuals in that group died in motor vehicle collisions, while 454 died in non-traffic incidents.

The number of preventable nonfatal injuries declined by 39%, from 536,412 to 325,173, during that same period from 2011 to 2020. Efforts are made at all levels of government to try to reduce the number of accidents, including promoting safety measures, improving infrastructure and design of roads, and raising awareness of reasonable precautions.

There are numerous ways in which bicycle riders can end up dead or left with serious accident injuries.

  • Bike lane intrusion
  • Failure on the part of a motor vehicle to yield the right-of-way
  • Distracted drivers or drivers who are under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs
  • Dangerous roadway design
  • Roadways with potholes or debris
  • Poor lighting
  • Car door opening

Because bicyclists are so vulnerable to injury when something goes wrong, like a careless driver making a right turn, the consequences are often catastrophic. Until the American motorist learns the rules of the road, and how to share the road and keep a lookout for cyclists, those riding bikes will be harmed by the negligence of others.

We know the challenges in pursing cases for cyclists, and we have had incredible success in doing so.


Get Help After A Bicycle Accident


When you contact Ellis+Riccobono, we will assess the strength of your claim, and guide you through the legal process, beginning with helping to gather important evidence. We have the resources and expertise to thoroughly investigate an accident. This can include:

  • Processing and reviewing accident reports and witness statements
  • Strava/Garmin data
  • GPS data,
  • Photographs,
  • And medical records

Establishing Liability

Establishing liability is one of the first and most important steps in a bicycle accident case. We will analyze the circumstances surrounding the accident, review applicable laws, and identify potentially liable parties, such as negligent drivers, municipalities, or product manufacturers.

For example, there were numerous accidents related to wheels falling off of forks for the lack of a safety retention device. Fork drop-outs were re-engineered with tabs so that if someone forgot to close a quick release or tighten the axle nuts, the wheel would not immediately fall off. The useful protrusion was nicknamed lawyers lips and prevents thousands of accidents each year.

Handling Insurance Companies

Dealing with insurance companies can be complex and challenging. Ellis and Riccobono can handle all communication and negotiations with the insurance company on your behalf. We will work to maximize your compensation and protect your interests.

Calculating the full extent of your damages is essential for seeking appropriate compensation. A skilled attorney can help assess:

  • Medical Expenses
  • Lost Wages
  • Pain and Suffering
  • Property Damage
  • And any other damages you may be entitled to.

If a fair settlement cannot be reached through negotiations, an attorney can represent you in court. We will advocate for your rights, present your case to a judge and jury, cross-examine witnesses, and present compelling arguments to support your claim.

A History of Success


Ellis Riccobono, LLP is particularly adept in these types of cases.  For instance, the firm recently obtained a $29,500,000.00 result in a case involving claims for the wrongful death of a cyclist.  This is believed to be the largest award for the wrongful death of a cyclist in the history of the State of California.

Other verdicts and settlements:

  • $3,300,000 Auto v. Bicycle
  • $610,000 Bicycle v. Dangerous Condition of Roadway
  • $1,100,000 Car v. Bicycle
  • $750,000 Limo v. Bicycle
  • $1,250,000 (Policy Limits) – Stievenhart v. Chen – Auto v. Cyclist

The experienced attorneys at Ellis Riccobono LLP invite you to meet with them if you have any questions about the information you have read above. The experts at our firm have represented many individuals who have been injured in bicycle and traffic-related incidents. We are dedicated to ensuring that your legal rights will be fully protected. We live and work in Southern California communities and want to be of service to you in a time of need.

Contact Our Firm to Learn More

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