California’s sunny cities are the perfect place to take a bicycle ride. Unfortunately, many cyclists get injured daily in the streets of Los Angeles, San Diego, or Pasadena, to mention a few. Victims of bicycle accidents end up with severe and costly injuries that the responsible parties should take care of.
A California personal injury lawyer from Triumph Law can help those cyclists injured by someone else’s negligence to recover damages for all their losses, including medical bills, rehabilitation therapy, or lost wages. If you get hit by a car, motorcycle, or even another bicycle while riding your bicycle, you may be entitled to pursue damages.
Pursuing Damages After a Bicycle Accident in California
A bicycle accident can leave consequences in a victim’s life. Besides painful injuries, and long recovery treatments, a bicycle accident can alter how a person goes through life. For instance, a traumatic brain or spinal cord injury can leave temporary or permanent paralysis and even change someone’s personality.
Here are some things worth considering before filing a bicycle accident claim in California:
Who Is Liable for a Bicycle Accident in California?
This is one of the questions our attorneys get more often. But the answer is not always easy to find. Your bicycle accident attorney can help you determine if a car driver, a pedestrian, or even the California Department of Transportation.
Your lawyer will help you find who is liable using all evidence available, and then he will help you file an insurance claim with the right insurance. Some of the most common liable parties after a bicycle accident are:
- Car divers. The most common cause of bicycle accidents is car drivers. Intersections are particularly dangerous since a split-second decision can turn into a tragedy.
- Eighteen-wheelers. Most bicycle accidents involving a truck or an eighteen-wheeler result in severe injuries or wrongful death. An attorney will help you get damages from the truck or cargo-loading companies.
- Pedestrians. Bicycles and pedestrians tend to share spaces. Therefore, when a distracted pedestrian crosses the street on a red light or invades the bicycle lane, they can cause accidents and be liable for damages.
How Much Is My Bicycle Accident Claim Worth?
Damages after a bicycle accident can tremendously impact a victim’s life. Even less severe bicycle accidents can leave the person without transport. At the same time, big accidents can represent total transformations in someone’s life.
A bicycle accident attorney will note every single expense you had as a consequence and build a solid case they can present to the liable parties or their insurance. Some of the damages our California bicycle lawyers recover consistently are:
- Ambulance rides
- Damages to their bicycles or other property
- Any wages lost due to the accident
- Rehabilitation therapy
- Psychological therapy
An experienced attorney will also add the cost of any future treatment you may need to recover your mobility, property, or mental health.
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Common Injuries in Bicycle Accidents in California
People riding a bike tend to have little to no protection at all. That is the reason why some injuries are so severe. A bicycle accident lawyer can help you get damages to take care of your injuries, no matter how small or big.
These injuries are among the most common in bicycle accidents:
- Broken bones
- Internal damage
- Spinal cord injuries
- Traumatic brain injuries.
While some of these injuries may have a cure, the cost of surgeries and treatments can make them impossible. Your compensation should be enough to take care of all those medical costs.
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Cities With the Most Bicycle Accidents in California
The data from the California Highway Patrol’s Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System (SWITRS) shows the cities with the most bicycle accidents in California are: }
However, bicycle accidents happen all across California State. If you were involved in one of those accidents and must deal with medical and rehabilitation costs, you may need to speak to your attorney as soon as possible.
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Time Frame to File a Bicycle Accident Claim
California statute of limitations for a bicycle accident is two years. The countdown starts on the day of the accident. That is a very strict time frame, and losing the date may also mean losing your right to claim damages.
Besides that, some circumstances can affect this period. The best way to ensure you have enough time to present a claim is to talk to your lawyer. They can find your exact date and help you gather everything you need to present your claim on time.
Do I Need a California Bicycle Accident Lawyer?
People who get hurt in a bicycle accident face big emotional and mobility challenges. And it is worth mentioning filing a lawsuit is a complex and time-consuming process. An attorney is often the best way for those injured victims to file an insurance claim since they don’t need to be present during the legal process.
But hiring a big legal firm may have even better benefits. Our experienced bicycle attorneys, for instance, can investigate your case and gather hard-to-get evidence, such as traffic camera footage.
Finding a California Bicycle Accident Lawyer
Your bicycle accident attorney is an important part of your financial recovery. Therefore, looking for a legal representative who can truly listen to you and show you your legal options is smart. The attorneys at Triumph Law can offer a free consultation so that you can better understand your legal situation.
If someone else was responsible for your injuries while riding a bicycle, they should pay for your recovery. You and your loved ones deserve damages for every loss the accident brought. Contact one of our attorneys today, and let’s start your claim immediately.
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