Bicycling is becoming more and more common, both as a recreational activity and an eco-conscious mode of transportation. It can be a great way to get to and from work, an enjoyable form of exercise, and a fantastic excuse for getting out into the fresh air for a while. Sadly, when the number of bikes on the roads increase, so, too, can the number of accidents involving bicycles and cars.
Though bicyclists have every right to share the roads with motor vehicles, motorists often "forget" to watch for bicycles, claim they "didn't see" them, underestimate their speed, try to pass them too closely, or inadvertently open car doors into their paths—any or all of which can lead to a devastating crash. Due to disparities between the sizes, weights, and protections of cars and bicycles, more often than not, it's the bicyclist who bears the brunt of the very serious injuries and damages.
Were you hurt in a California bicycle accident caused by another person or company' s negligence and facing severe injuries, a temporary (or potentially permanent) inability to work, and an unimaginable amount of growing medical expenses and other losses as a result? You may be entitled to compensation and our skilled team of injury recovery specialists can help you fight for a fair recovery.
Accidents Involving Bicycles and Vehicles Are Associated With Serious Injuries
The injuries sustained in bicycle and car wrecks aren't the typical bike crash scrapes and bruises. Of course, lacerations and contusions can—and do—occur in these accidents, but they're often serious and accompanied by major injuries like broken bones, traumatic brain injuries (TBIs), spinal cord damage (which can lead to varying degrees of temporary or permanent paralysis), internal bleeding, puncture wounds, and extensive scarring. Depending on the severity of the injuries, bicycle crash victims may require substantial or ongoing medical treatment.
Seeking Compensation for Bicycle Accident Injuries
When a motorist fails to operate their vehicle safely and their negligence causes an accident that leaves you injured and incurring damages, California law gives you the right to file a lawsuit seeking compensation. The state follows comparative negligence rules, which means you may even be entitled to collect a settlement or financial award if you were partially responsible for the crash and your injuries. (However, your compensation may be reduced to reflect your degree of fault.)
Additionally, you may also be eligible to recover damage even if the vehicle in question didn't actually hit you. If you were injured while evading an imminent collision, you can still file an insurance claim or lawsuit—and we can help. Our team can assist you in pursuing a financial recovery for:
- Medical expenses (including the cost of future accident-related care)
- Bicycle repair or replacement costs
- Lost wages
- Loss of earning capacity (if you're permanently unable to work)
- Physical pain and suffering
- Mental and emotional anguish
- Scarring or disfigurement
- Reduced quality of life
- Lack of enjoyment of life
- And other losses
Bicycle Accident Wrongful Death Claims
Our firm also handles wrongful death cases, which means that if your loved one died in a bicycle accident, we may be able to help your family fight for—and recover—damages. These lawsuits can never make up for the loss of a family member, but can help ensure that accident-related financial consequences don't add to your grief.
Our Injury Recovery Professionals Can Help You Fight for Fair Compensation
If you were seriously injured in a bicycle accident, your focus may be on your physical recovery. Let the skilled legal professionals with the Inland Empire Law Group lead the charge protecting your right to financial recovery. We can investigate your accident, help you understand your legal rights and options, and gather the essential evidence necessary to build a strong case. To discuss your case with a member of our team, contact us today at (888) 694-3529 or (909) 481-0100 to schedule an appointment for a free initial consultation.