Attorney Michael Rehm – (510) 418-0820

Berkeley encourages its residents to walk or bike instead of traveling by car. The city has created walking and biking paths, and the city's website proudly proclaims that the city is safe for pedestrians and bicycle riders.

The statistics tell a different story. The Office of Traffic Safety reports that Berkeley has the highest rate of pedestrian and bicyclist injuries and deaths among 58 California cities of comparable size.

According to OTS, Berkeley is the most dangerous California city of its size for bicycle riders and pedestrians. The Berkeley Police Department reports that the most dangerous intersections for bicyclists and pedestrians include:

  • Shattuck and University
  • San Pablo and Ashby
  • University and Sixth Street
  • Ashby and Shattuck
  • Ashby and Telegraph
  • Ashby and Seventh Street
  • Ashby and Martin Luther King Jr. Way.

While dedicated pedestrian and bicycle paths are useful, bicycle lanes do not protect riders from cars that enter the lane to make a turn. Crosswalks do not protect pedestrians from drivers who are looking at their smartphones when they should be watching the road.

Helping Victims of Bicycle and Pedestrian Accidents

Pedestrian and Bicycle Accident Lawyer Michael Rehm can help injury victims recover the compensation they deserve. Michael Rehm help's accident victims recover lost wages, medical expenses, and the cost of coping with disabling injuries. Accident victims are also entitled to compensation for pain, suffering, and emotional distress.

Bicyclists and pedestrians have less protection from collisions than drivers who are surrounded by a steel cage. Motorcyclists wear helmets and other crash protection gear, but a bicycle helmet offers only modest protection from head injuries, while pedestrians have no protection at all.

Injuries that are common in pedestrian and bicycle accidents include:

  • Concussions and traumatic brain injuries
  • Road rash and infections
  • Broken bones
  • Spinal damage
  • Crush injuries and organ damage
  • Scarring and disfigurement
  • Joint damage
  • Torn muscles
  • Nerve damage

Pedestrian and Bicycle Accident Lawyer Michael Rehm can evaluate bicycle and pedestrian injuries and can advise injury victims of the settlement they should be expecting to receive from the negligent driver's insurance company, or the negligent driver themselves. Of course, that is assuming it is case that will not go to trial, which Attorney Rehm is more than willing to do. For more information on the value of your case, and how he can help, call Michael Rehm at (510) 418-0820.