Bicycle Accident Lawyers
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Riding a bicycle is a common way to get around California. Unfortunately, drivers do not always consider the space around bicyclists. About 467,000 cyclists were injured in bicycle accidents in the United States in a single year, killing more than 1,000 cyclists.
At Fair Cases Law Group Bicycle Accident Lawyers, our Los Angeles bicycle accident lawyers have helped many clients after life-changing bicycle accidents and injuries. Our lawyers regularly take on challenging and complex bicycle accident cases. Over the years, our lawyers have built a reputation for success because of our ability to represent and protect severely injured clients' rights. Our law firm has received Avvo Clients' Choice Award for excellent client care and Avvo 10.0 Top Personal Injury Attorney in California.
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Bicycle Accident Statistics
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration announces data on bicycle crashes every year. For 2014, the latest year for which information is available, the NHTSA announced the following:
- Motorists killed over 700 Americans in bicycle accidents in 2014.
- The average age of bicyclists killed in collisions was 45.
- California had the second-highest number of deaths during the year at 128.
- Seventy-one percent of those killed were in urban areas, and 88 percent were males.
- Nineteen percent of those killed had blood alcohol levels of 0.08 or greater, and 35 percent of the fatal bicycle accidents included a motorist or a cyclist with BACs at 0.08 or higher.
- Twenty percent of the fatal bicycle accidents occurred between 6 p.m. and 9 p.m.
- Bicycle collisions with automobiles are estimated at one-third of all recorded bicycle accident injuries.
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Common Auto vs. Bicycle Accident Scenarios
Left-Hand Turn Collisions
In both bicycle and motorcycle accidents, a driver who is turning left must yield to oncoming cyclists. California Vehicle Code ("CVC") section 21801(a) requires that drivers who are turning left must yield the right of way to all motor vehicles that are approaching, which covers bicyclists and motorcyclists. Oftentimes, left-turning drivers neglect to acknowledge the bicyclists pulling out, causing the accidents.
Under CVC 22517, Drivers are not supposed to open the car door that is on the side of moving traffic except when it is reasonably safe to open it. Many individuals still open their vehicle doors without watching for cyclists. This frequently causes cyclists to crash into the door and be injured.
Motorists sometimes suddenly reverse their vehicles out of driveways or side streets onto the road without looking for cyclists. This could be considered a violation of laws prohibiting entering onto a roadway without properly exercising caution. Reach out to experienced bicycle accident lawyers now for assistance.
Merging and Lane Changes
Vehicles trying to switch lanes or travel directions may fail to see cyclists with their rear or side-view mirrors.
Drivers that Pass Bicyclists Without Providing Enough Space
Bicyclists are allowed to ride their bikes on some highways and most major streets in California. Cyclists should ride along the right-hand edge, moving with the flow of traffic. The problem is that trucks, SUVs, and cars sometimes get impatient and try to pass without giving enough room for the cyclists' passing. This can result in collisions or bicyclists pushed off of the road. Current California law regulates motor vehicles to accommodate a minimum of three feet between their automobile and the bike when overtaking (CVC 21760)
Many bicycle accidents happen near or in intersections when the bicyclists attempt to move through the crossway. These accidents happen because drivers are not looking out for bicycles or engaging in other dangerous driving practices like running red lights, not slowing down for a yellow warning signal, or making a sudden right-hand turn without coming to a full stop at a red light and looking before they turn.
Unsafe Roadway Conditions
Conditions of the roadway, including rubble, projecting objects, and potholes, can cause bicyclists' injury accidents. If these circumstances are present on private property, the homeowner may be responsible if they know or should know that there is a hazard to persons reasonably using the property. If the circumstances exist on public roadways, they can be considered "dangerous conditions of public property." The governmental institution that controls the area may be civilly responsible for money damages. Consulting with a lawyer quickly is necessary in these cases as time deadlines for filing claims can be as little as 6 months from the time of the incident.
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How to Handle a Bicycle Accident
When a bicycle accident happens, it is common to feel uneasy and unclear about what to do. By following the steps outlined below, you can better manage your accident and any resulting legal claim.
Cooperate With the Police
Immediately following an accident, police officers may want to take a statement from you either at the accident scene or at the hospital. Please make certain to cooperate with them as they work to examine your case. Ask for records of all investigations that are documented by the police officers. You can get copies by going to the police station that investigated the bicycle accident.
Get the Contact Information of all Witnesses
Before you go to the hospital, you should try to get the names and contact information of all witnesses who saw the accident. Write the contact information down, or ask someone else to get it for you if you can't. This will make it significantly easier to find the witnesses and get their recorded statements later on during your case's investigation.
Get Checked Out by a Medical Professional
Even if you do not originally think you were injured, you should try to complete a medical examination after a bicycle accident. Some serious injuries may not present symptoms for hours or even days. Getting prompt medical attention may allow you to discover unknown injuries such as internal bleeding, traumatic brain injuries, and others you might not be conscious of. This can help your diagnosis while also building a clear link between the accident and your injury. Request copies of your medical reports so that you can document your injuries. It is also essential for you to go to all follow-up care that is recommended by your doctor.
Do Not Sign Medical Authorizations or Any "Release" of Claims
It is normal for insurance companies to call bicycle accident victims and request medical authorizations. These are all-inclusive authorizations that insurance companies use to dig into your entire medical history. They do this to blame your injuries on any previous accidents you might have been involved in the past to limit your claim's compensation. Similarly, it is important not to agree to provide a recorded statement to an insurance adjuster without your lawyer. Another tactic is to attempt to produce a fast and low-ball offer and get you to release your case by signing a settlement agreement. At this point, you should tell the adjuster that you need to consult with your attorney and not talk to them or sign any papers until you do.
Why it is Best to Hire a Knowledgable Bicycle Accident Attorney and Bike Accident Lawyer
Trying to negotiate with a large insurance company on your own is usually not a good idea, especially when you have been injured. When you have an experienced bicycle accident lawyer, it is much more convincing that you will recover more compensation than what you might be able to get on your own. Insurance companies are driven to dispute the liability of the individuals that they insure. This is because large insurance companies are motivated to cut expenses associated with settling claims. The companies will frequently try to either deny claims completely or reduce their expenses to minimize their losses. A lawyer may be better placed to investigate your case, prove liability, and negotiate with the insurance company for you.
Recent Success Stories Representing Bike Accident Victims
For many years, our attorneys have had large success helping individuals who have been severely injured in bicycle accidents. Over the years, our lawyers have built a reputation for success because of our ability to represent and protect severely injured clients' rights. From our successes, our law firm received Avvo Clients' Choice Award for excellent client care and Avvo 10.0 Top Personal Injury Attorney in California.
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