It can possibly be both.  Your bicycle injury case may involve a crime if, for example, the driver was acting recklessly, on purpose or under the influence of drugs or alcohol.  Per the California Penal Codes which may apply include (but are not limited to):

  • assault
  • assault with a deadly weapon
  • battery
  • drunk or drug-influenced driving
  • hit and run
  • reckless driving

Even if you were not injured, you may still be entitled to recourse under the criminal law if you are the victim of a crime.  

More Legal Questions About Pedestrian & Bicycle Accidents?

Do you have more legal questions about car & motorcycle accident cases?  Return to the Pedestrian & Bicycle Accidents in California Frequently Asked Legal Questions page.