About 1,000 Americans die each year in bicycle accidents, most of them in crashes involving motor vehicles. Year after year, California and Florida swap rankings, coming in at numbers one and two for bike-related fatalities. Nationally, hundreds of thousands of additional cyclists are injured in bike accidents, with injuries ranging from bumps and bruises to serious head injuries.
The most common cause of cyclist injuries and fatalities is being hit by a car, truck, or other motor vehicle. Though these accidents occur in many ways, some of the most dangerous scenarios for Los Angeles bikers include:
- Striking or being struck by a car pulling out of an alley, driveway, or small street
- Collisions at intersections, with or without traffic controls such as stop signs
- Having a car door opened into the cyclist’s path (known as “dooring” accidents)
- A car making a turn into the bicyclist, or the biker’s path (known as a “right hook” or “left cross”)
- Being rear-ended by a motor vehicle
If you’ve suffered a serious injury or lost a loved one in a bicycle accident, a personal injury attorney experienced in bicycle accident cases can be your best resource.
Compensation for Los Angeles Bike Accident Injuries
When a bicyclist’s injuries occur or a bicyclist is killed through the negligence of a driver or another person or entity, the injured party is generally entitled to damages. These damages may include:
- Reimbursement for medical expenses
- Payment of future medical bills
- Compensation for lost income and projected future losses
- Pain and suffering
Depending on the specifics of your case, you may be entitled to additional damages. Compensation for your injuries or for the loss of a loved one can give you the breathing room you need to heal, providing medical care, equipment, and an opportunity to heal without stressing over mortgage payments and grocery bills.
Determining Liability in Bike Accident Cases
Drivers cause injury to bicyclists in many ways, including:
- Failing to see the cyclist due to distracted driving
- Speeding or driving too fast for conditions
- Braking suddenly, not allowing the cyclist time to adjust his route
- Driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol
- Straying into the bicycle lane
In some cases, the bicyclist also contributes to the accident. If you’re a cyclist who has been injured or the surviving spouse of a bicyclist killed in a traffic accident, you should know that you may still be able to recover damages, even if the bike rider was partially responsible for the crash.
Under California law, an injury victim may recover in proportion to the other party’s fault, even if he or she bears most of the responsibility. So, if a judge or jury were to determine that the bicyclist was 30% responsible, the injured bike rider could still recover 70% of the damages sustained. If the biker is found to have been 55% responsible, he or she could recover 45% of the total damages.
Our Experienced Bicycle Accident Attorneys Can Help
When you’ve been seriously injured or lost a family member, the last thing you need is to deal with insurance companies, struggle with medical bills, and divert your attention to legal issues. Our bicycle accident attorneys manage your personal injury claim so that you can focus on recovering and rebuilding.
Just call 818-459-4999 right now to schedule a free consultation and learn more about how we can help.