Riding a bicycle is wonderful. Safe, fun, it’s a great form of transportation as well as exercise. You can take your bike to work, to the store, or just because it’s something that you want to do. Spending more time on your bike can put you in better shape, helping you to be healthier and feel better about yourself.
All of that said, when you’re on your bicycle, you’re vulnerable. It’s not a car or truck. You don’t have the kind of safety features and size that those do. If someone hits you with their car while you’re on your bike, for example, it could lead to any number of injuries. You’re practically defenseless.
All over Southern California and elsewhere, the powers that be have tried to defend bicyclists. They’ve made bike lanes, cleared away areas where bikes have the right of way, etc. Unfortunately, often that’s not enough. Vehicles continue to strike bicyclists at all times of the year. When that happens, you need to be represented by someone who knows how these cases work and can help you. That’s exactly what happens with the Big Ben Lawyers.
How Bicycle Accidents Happen
Throughout Southern California, people ride bicycles. From the beach to the bay, the valley to the store, parks, roads, and everywhere else, people are on bicycles. So, it stands to reason that so many bicycle accidents are caused by different factors. This can be very important to making sure that you get all that you deserve from your injury claim.
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Here at the Big Ben Lawyers, we have the resources to ensure that you get a thorough investigation of your injury. That means that our trained, professional investigators will go through every aspect of your case. Witnesses, the physical evidence, where it happened, and more - they’ll thoroughly go through all of it. That way, they can find the real truth about what happened. That, in turn, can help us, as we can then put together the more effective case for your specific needs.
For example, say that you’re injured while on your bicycle at night. The accident wasn’t your fault - you were riding your bicycle where you were supposed to. Entirely in the “bike lane,” the other person, in their car, hit and injured you. Obviously, this person is at fault. They weren’t where they were supposed to be, and unfortunately, you suffered the consequences.
That said, there’s more to it than. Again, the accident happened at night. So, our investigators can look at if there were any other factors involved with the case. For example, maybe the lights weren’t operating as they should -- the streetlights that were to illuminate the street didn’t come on when they were supposed to. Or, perhaps there was some road condition that was to be dealt with and yet, was not. Maybe one of those (or both) contributed to the person hitting you and your bicycle with their car.
If that's the case, then that could change things quite a bit. Then, we have more parties responsible (at least partially) for your accident. So, we can pursue your case just as aggressively, just this time, we can make sure to get you all of the compensation you deserve from all of the responsible parties.
The above is just hypothetical, there is any number of other reasons that someone could hit a bicyclist. It could be that there was heavy traffic, defective bicycling equipment, poorly marked bike lanes, the driver of the vehicle could be drunk or otherwise impaired, or so many other factors. Here at the Benjamin Law Firm, we’ll find out what happened and then use it for your advantage.
A Law Firm that Can Help Today
We understand that, when you’ve been in a bicycling accident, the last thing you need is for someone to talk to you right now about “all of the things that they’re going to do.” Instead, you need answers and help right this moment. So, from the moment you talk to us, we can take your case. We “hit the ground running,” so to speak, by getting out investigators right out and on the investigation. We’ll also file all of the appropriate forms when they’re to be filed.
On top of that, we can also help with your medical care. If you’re injured in a bicycle accident, the first thing to do is to get checked out. Yes, that's even if you’re fine. Even if you seem perfectly OK, and like nothing bad happened, you need to get checked out by medical professionals.
The main reason for this is that your injuries might take time to worsen. They could be something that doesn’t appear to be a problem at first. So, you might jump headfirst back into your life, going to your job, going around just as you were, etc. Then, when the injuries do manifest, it could seem like it comes out of nowhere.
More Ways The Benjamin Law Firm Can Help
What makes this especially pernicious is it’s exactly the kind of thing that the insurance company may try to use against you. They could try to say something like: “hey, this person is either lying about the extent of their injuries now or they were then. Which is it?” of course, the truth is that you were lying neither time. Instead, you were just doing what felt like the right thing to do in the moment. Yet, that can make it much more difficult to get you the money you deserve (to say nothing of your health). Always, always, always go to get medical care.
We know that you might not be in a position where you can pay for it. After all, even the people who save their money, have the best health insurance and so forth might not be in a position where they’re able to cover everything that could come from a bicycle accident.
So, we can help to put you in touch with medical professionals that we’ve worked with before. Moreover, these medical professionals, like us, will work on contingency. We don’t get paid until you get your settlement or what you deserve, of course. The thing is, these medical pros won’t, either. This means you won’t have to pay them out of pocket or anything like that. Instead, you’ll be able to pay them out of your eventual settlement. It’s one more way that we can help our clients to put them on the right path.
Damage We Can Claim
To say the very least, being in a bicycle accident is painful. So, we can do everything in our power to ensure that you get the maximum compensation for your injuries. That goes for just about any injury - hopefully, you suffer only minor ones. However, if you suffer major injuries, the kind of thing that you can’t walk away from, the Benjamin Law Firm aggressively pursues your case, helping you to get the maximum amount of compensation possible.
After being hit in a bicycle accident, it’s entirely possible that you aren’t sure how you’ll be able to return to work. Or, alternatively, if you’ll be able to go back to work at all (or even in the same capacity). We can file for lost wages, the money that you would have earned had you not been in a bicycle accident. Moreover, we can make sure that, if you are unable to return to work in the manner you had been working, that you can get compensation for the money that you would have earned, too. You take pride in your work, you do a good job, and you deserve to get the money that you would have earned in that case.
At all times, the Benjamin Law Firm will keep you as informed about your case as you want to be. Many of our clients want to be in on every single decision, offer, and so forth. We're always glad to keep the lines of communication open. We’ve found that, often, the more informed that clients are, the better decisions they can make about their own financial future. By that same token, we understand that many of our clients want to focus entirely on their recovery. They have hired us to make sure that we can handle their case the entire way. So, we can be hands-off if you’d like, too. No matter what, we always do everything in our power to get our clients their due compensation.
There’s nothing easy about having been in a bicycle accident. We understand that, after such a traumatic event, usually the last thing you want to do is to reach out to a lawyer. That's why we’re always glad to schedule a free consultation. There, we can sit down with you (even virtually or over the phone) to hear what really happened from you. Then, we can figure out the best way that we might be in a position to help you. To schedule a consultation, call 818-423-4878.