california bicycle accident lawyer

Many California cyclists know how serious a bicycle accident can be, drivers have to put up with the possibility of suffering a severe or possibly fatal injury. If you have been hurt in a bicycle accident you should not be financially responsible for a negligent driver’s mistake.

 Bicycle Accident Statistics in California

  • The most bicycle accidents occur between 4:00 pm and 8:00 pm during rush hour traffic on weekdays
  • Men have a tendency to be involved in more severe bicycle accidents then women. Whereas male riders undergo just about 90% of fatal bicycle injuries.
  • 70% of all bicycle accidents occur in urban areas with a high population density with a great deal of vehicle and foot traffic.

 What to do if a bicycle accident occurs

  •  If you or a loved one has been hurt in a bicycle accident the first step you should take would be to pursue medical treatment.
  • The next thing you should do is to call the police so that they can write up a report on the incident.
  • Take as many photos as possible for evidentiary purposes and ask the police for a copy of the incident report.
  • Collect the names and contact information of everyone involved in the accident, this includes witnesses to the accident.
  • You should then meet with a California bicycle accident attorney at the Edelman Law Center in order for you to receive the compensation you are entitled to.

 Common causes of bicycle accidents

Motor vehicles pose as the biggest threat to cyclists. It does not matter if the rider is in a protected bike lane, walkway, or simply just sharing the road, they are in jeopardy of being hurt in an accident. The NHTSA and the California Highway Patrol say some of the most common reasons a bicycle accident may occur is due to:

  • Distracted drivers who fail to notice cyclists
  • Driving while under the influence of alcohol
  • Drivers neglecting to yield for a cyclist
  • Cyclists neglecting to wear the proper reflective gear
  • Cyclists not using the appropriate hand signals, and making unsafe turns
  • Drivers making risky turns

 Tips for Bicycle Safety

Here is just a few safety tips from the California Department of Motor Vehicles for cyclists:

  • As a cyclist you always want to ride with the traffic, you are considered a driver, not a pedestrian.
  • Make sure your bike is a good fit for your body type
  • You always want to make yourself visible to other drivers, you can achieve this by wearing reflective or light colored clothing.
  • Take precautionary measures by using reflectors and lights on your bicycle
  • Wear a helmet and protective gear
  • Do not ride your bike if your driving is impaired by alcohol
  • Be conscious of your surroundings, and be sure to use hand signals in order to communicate clearly with other vehicles and pedestrians before turning or changing lanes.

 Compensation for Bicycle Accidents

Depending of the severity of you or your family member’s injuries due to a bicycle accident your lawyer may point out promising claims for:

  • Wages lost
  • Workers compensation
  • Medical expenses
  • Future loss of earnings
  • Punitive damages
  • Life care expenditures
  • Pain and suffering
  • Wrongful death
  • Rehabilitation
  • Loss of consortium (claim for damages suffered by a close family member or spouse)

Our reputable bicycle accident lawyers can help you get the compensation that you rightfully deserve. If someone else’s negligence caused you or somebody close to you be involved in an accident, we can help determine what type of recompenses that the responsible party owes. It is in your best interest to contact one of our experienced attorneys here at the Edelman Law Center. The amount of compensation that you may be entitled to varies depending on the specific aspects of your case. Some of these factors are:

  • The extent of the victims injuries
  • The amount of medical expenses that occurred in the past, present, and future caused by the accident
  • Marital Status of the victim
  • The degree of mental or physical impairment that can affect your current income or your future loss of earnings.

If you or a loved one has been involved in a bicycle accident, please contact one of our personal injury lawyers at the Edelman Law Center. Call us now for a free consultation at 877-897-7228

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