Bicycle riders enjoy a minimum of protection while traveling. Bike helmets help, but more often than not a rider hit by a negligent automobile experience significant injuries. Head and brain injuries, amputation (loss of limbs), broken bones, neck and back injuries are not uncommon.
Drivers who are speeding, fail to yield, run stop lights or stop signs, or fail to leave adequate room when passing a bicyclist can cause bicycle fatalities or serious injuries. These are standard elements of negligence.
Road conditions are equally problematic for bicyclists: Cracks and bumps or other defective roadway designs may leave the city, county or state liable for failing to properly maintain the road you were injured on. Poor road design may also lead to liability on the part of the designer.
Did you know that in 2010, 618 people lost their lives to bicycle accidents in the United States? Over 52,000 bicyclists were injured that year. These are just the reported numbers – it is believed the actual number of injured and killed was significantly higher. According to the U.S Department of Transportation, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 2 percent of all traffic accidents resulting in death involve bicyclists (pedalcyclists). 70% of these fatalities occurred in urban areas and most took place away from a traffic intersection. Nearly 75% were killed during daytime hours. In California alone, there were nearly 100 cyclist accidents that resulted in death.
I understand the physical and emotional trauma that clients experience after a bicycle accident. As an attorney with more than 30 years experience, you can be assured that I will aggressively pursue full compensation for your lost wages, medical bills, pain and suffering, and other damages associated with your accident. In addition, there may be unknown coverage available to you through your insurance company. You can rest-assured that I will fully research the issues and resources on your behalf, searching for the best way to obtain the compensation you deserve.