Did you suffer injuries in a Bicycle Accident in Glendale CA? Big Ben Lawyers Is Here to Help
Bicycle accidents often come with serious injuries depending on what kind of vehicle impacted the injured bicyclist. A bike accident can be caused by an impact from another bicycle, a car, a truck, a motorbike, a bus, or any other motor vehicle. Given the difference in size, weight, and speed of another motor vehicle that rammed against the bicycle and caused the bike accident, the injured cyclists stand to suffer a variety of injuries despite having worn all the protective gear.
Also, considering the fact that the body of a cyclist is exposed unlike that of a car driver, the cyclist is more exposed to outside impact. There is therefore a greater chance of hitting the ground or being hit directly by the metal surface of a motor vehicle in case of an accident involving a bicycle and a motor vehicle. The injured bicyclists are prone to sustaining serious bicycle accident injuries which in turn attract medical expenses for treatment of the injuries.
The injured bicyclists, therefore, needs the help of a seasoned bicycle accident attorney in order to claim and recover compensation for medical expenses, loss of income, pain, and suffering, and others from the at-fault party.
Our bike crash accident attorneys at Big Ben Law Firm have decades of experience and expertise representing and handling any bicycle accident lawsuit. Our success rate in handling and winning compensation for our injured bike accident clients is self-evident.
Our bicycle crash attorney at Big Ben Lawyers stands up for the victims and their loved ones who have undergone the tragedy of being involved in a bicycle accident and the injuries, costs, and pain that follow.
We charge our fees on a contingency basis which means that you need not pay us a single penny unless we win your case for you. You can call or email us for a free consultation if you or your loved one has been involved in a bicycle accident.
Types of Bicycle Accidents
There are various types of bike accidents depending on how and where they occur. They include:
a. Left-Cross bicycle Accidents
These types of bike accidents happen at intersections. As the name suggests, left-cross bike accidents happen when the bicycle rider and the driver enter the intersection both at once.
As the driver makes a left turn, the car and the bike will either crash head-on or the car will cross the road in front of the bike.
b. Right-Hook bicycle Accidents
These kinds of bike accidents are similar to left-cross accidents except that in this case, the car driver makes a right turn.
Chances are that the driver might not notice the bike in front heading in the same direction and can crash into the bike.
c. When the car door is suddenly flung open
This is the most self-explaining bike accident. It happens when a bike is being driven towards a parked car but then the door of the parked car is suddenly flung open. The cyclist may not have enough time to engage the brakes and can end up hitting the open car door and plummeting head first over the car door.
d. Sideswipe Accidents
These types of bicycle accidents happen when a car hits the bike in the sides as it swipes along. This can happen when the driver suddenly gets closer to the bike riding along with the car. Perhaps the car driver could be attempting to avoid an obstruction on the other side hence moves towards the side of the bicycle and ends up sideswiping the bike.
Negligence or recklessness is the major cause of most bicycle accidents. The car driver could be careless, distracted, or clueless about traffic laws when the bicycle accident happened and the cyclist ends up paying the price for such negligence or ignorance by the car driver.
What to do after a Bicycle Accident?
Right after the bicycle accident happens is a hectic, confusing, and terrifying moment. You might not be able to think straight. However, here are some of the things you need to remember if you ever get into a bike bicycle accident.
- Remain within the bicycle accident scene until the police come
- Make sure that you get a medical checkup and treatment. Even if you think that you are not injured, for your own safety just ensure that it is the doctor who says that you are fine. This is because you could have sustained some internal injuries which you might not be able to feel pain immediately after the bike accident.
- Never admit blame/liability or negotiate with the car driver or their insurance companies after the bicycle accident. It is better to let your lawyers do all the talking on your behalf. This is because you may end up admitting liability which will be used against you later in court.
- Record details and contact info from the car driver as well as potential witnesses who were present and saw the bike accident happen
- Take pictures of the bike accident scene, the damage to your bicycle, your injuries as well as damage to other cars involved in the bicycle accident
- Record and maintain a journal where you include all your treatment visits and costs that you incur as a result of the bicycle accident
- Reach out to a seasoned bike crash attorney and obtain the legal advice on the way forward
Who will be responsible for settling your medical expenses?
Bicycle accidents often result in injuries. Some injuries are more severe than others, especially considering that riding a bicycle leaves most of your body exposed to being hit by a car or hard ground surface. You would need to undergo emergency medical treatment which leaves you with huge medical bills. The question now would be, who should bear the costs of all those medical expenses?
For a car accident involving two cars, the insurance companies are often involved as cars are usually insured. The insurance company would therefore end up paying your medical expenses. However, if the accident was between a car and a bicycle, then the answer is not as obvious as it seems.
Unlike other states, California is not one of the no-fault states for car accidents. What this means is that the insurance does not pay your medical bills without asking who is to blame for the bicycle accident.
You can call us and speak to our bicycle accident lawyers or free consultation if you got injured in a bike crash.
FAQs about bicycle Accidents that often get asked and answers
Q: Can a Cyclist be blamed for the bicycle accident?
A: Drivers often get blamed for accidents. However, the law also applies the same to bike riders. This means that if a cyclist gets injured because of violating traffic laws e.g. crossing a red stop sign, then the cyclist is at fault for his/her own negligence and the resultant injuries. (After all, bikes are designated their own bike lane for a reason). This presents a complicated situation that you may not be able to handle on your own. You will need to consult an experienced bicycle accident attorney who can then advise you on your legal options. There is something called comparative negligence. It allows a victim who is partially at fault for his/her own injuries to still sue the other party who is at fault. The liability can then be shared between the two depending on their percentage of contribution towards the bicycle accident.
For instance, where there the injured cyclist is awarded $100,000 in compensation and a liability ratio of 50:50, this means that the victim is 50% to blame for the bicycle accident. The victim, though awarded $100,000 compensation can only recover 50% of the full amount which is $50,000.
Q: What are the types of damages that a cyclist is entitled to due to a bicycle-related accident?
A: There are certain types of damages that are recoverable in any personal injury lawsuit. These damages include:
- Medical costs
- Lost wages (past, present, and future wages)
- Damages for damage to property
- Damages for pain and suffering
- Property damage
- Compensation for long-term care
- Pain and suffering
However, where the bicycle accident results in the death of a loved one, then the damages recoverable under fatal accidents lawsuits include those for funeral costs, loss of parental care, support, guidance for the children, and loss of companionship and consortium for the surviving spouse.
The moment you decide to engage the services of our Big Ben Law Firm bicycle accident lawyers, we can then start the process of digging into your bicycle accident cases, negotiating with the insurers, filing a bicycle accident lawsuit, and ensuring that in the end, the compensation that you deserve is what you get.
Get in touch with our Big Ben Bicycle Accident Attorneys now
If you or your loved ones have undergone the tragedy of a bicycle accident due to a crush on a motor vehicle, we can provide you with the legal assistance that you require.
The moment you reach out to us, we can and are ready to go big for you and ensure that you get the compensation that you need. Our investigation should be able to tell us who is responsible for your bicycle accident. We can then decide how to recover your compensation. We can engage in negotiations with the at-fault party’s insurance companies and reach a settlement that is sufficient for you. If you decide that the offer for settlement is below what you deserve, we can proceed and file your personal injury lawsuit in court, represent you during the trial, and get you your compensation in your bicycle accident case.
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