Benicia Bicycle Accident Lawyer

benicia bicycle accident lawyerBenicia is a charming city sitting right on the San Francisco Bay's edge, offering residents incredible views of the Carquinez Strait and San Pablo estuary. 

Because of its natural beauty and relatively flat topography, Benicia is an excellent city for riding a bicycle. In Benicia and in cities all over the state, cycling has been on the rise as both a recreational activity and as a means of transportation.

While cyclists enjoy many benefits such as increased cardiovascular health and reduced emissions, riding a bike does have serious risks. Even the most careful cyclists are at risk of being involved in a car crash. Because vehicles are so much larger than bikes, these collisions very frequently involve major injuries. In many cases, these injuries have a dramatic impact on cyclists’ lives.

As a Benicia bicycle accident lawyer, it’s my job to help injured individuals and their families recover the compensation they need to move forward with their lives after major collisions.

Focus on Major Injuries

Our firm focuses solely on major injuries, and we only take on cases that involve fatal or severe trauma. Because we’ve been specializing in our practice for nearly four decades, we are experts in handling high-value cases.

Because these cases can involve millions of dollars, at-fault parties and insurance companies frequently put up an aggressive legal defense to avoid financial responsibility for the accident. For this reason, it’s critical to have an attorney who has extensive experience negotiating with insurers and arguing major accidents in court to ensure you receive the full amount of compensation you deserve.

“Personal” Personal Injury Lawyers

Our law firm treats our cases holistically. This means that we value fostering personal connections with our clients and take a compassionate approach to handle their cases.

Often, lawyers will prefer to be strictly business-like and keep their clients at arm’s length during the injury claims process. However, we have found that running our firm holistically helps us better understand the impact of accident injuries on our clients’ lives. This helps us be much more effective when representing their interests in court and during negotiations.

Bicycle Accident Statistics for Benicia

Data from local traffic enforcement groups like the Benicia Police Department and Solano County Sheriff’s Office indicates that 847 auto accidents happened within Benicia between 2009 and 2020. Out of these accidents, 57 involved a bicycle.

These 57 bicycle accidents caused a total of 56 injuries as well as one fatality. Notably, the rate of severe injuries for bicycle accidents in Benicia was around 75 percent higher than for crashes overall, meaning that bicyclists were more likely to suffer major trauma during traffic incidents.

Reports indicate that the leading causes of bicycle-involved auto accidents in Benicia are:

  • Automobile right-of-way violations
  • Speeding
  • Improper turning
  • Driving/biking on the wrong side of the road
  • Traffic sign and signal violations
The Basics of Cycling Safely in an Urban Area

While many cities are installing biking infrastructure to keep people safe, it’s still important for cyclists to know the best ways to avoid being involved in a crash while riding. For tips about riding your bike safely in an urban area, watch this video:

Cyclist Injuries

Bicyclists are some of the most vulnerable roadway users. Because they aren’t protected by vehicle safety features or steel walls, cyclist’s bodies are likely to absorb a significant amount of force during collisions. Furthermore, unlike pedestrians, cyclists aren’t able to quickly maneuver away from obstacles and are typically less capable of bracing their bodies to avoid injury. Finally, cyclists travel at much higher speeds than pedestrians and usually fall a considerable distance after being knocked off their bikes.

Because of these factors, cyclists often suffer injuries that are difficult to recover from. It can take months or years for cyclists to fully heal, and the process may require multiple surgeries and long-term physical therapy, and other medical procedures. All of the necessary medical care that injured cyclists need can be highly expensive. Affording these expenses can be difficult, especially for those who’ve been left unable to work due to their injuries.

Getting Help

Fortunately, injured cyclists can reach out to a Benicia bicycle accident lawyer for help. By filing injury claims, collision survivors can obtain payments for a wide variety of damages, including medical bills and payments for lost income, personal suffering, and more.

However, the injury claim process can be complicated, and financially liable parties may attempt to disclaim financial responsibility. To ensure that you receive full compensation for the damages you’ve suffered, it’s important to have an experienced, skilled lawyer on your side. An excellent attorney will be able to investigate the accident to uncover critical evidence, refer to specialist doctors to evaluate your injuries, negotiate with insurance companies so that you don’t need to accept low-ball offers, and, if necessary, present your case in front of a courtroom.

Benicia Bicycle Accident Lawyer

I’m Ed Smith, a Benicia bicycle accident lawyer. If you or somebody in your life was seriously hurt during a bicycle accident, reach out to us so that we can provide you with free, friendly legal advice. To reach us, dial either (800) 404-5400 or (707) 564-1900.

My team and I have been assisting families and individuals in the Benicia area since 1982. Throughout this period, we’ve achieved many successful settlements and trial verdicts for our clients.

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I am a California member of a group called Million Dollar Advocates Forum. This group is for attorneys that have either settled or won a case for which their client was awarded at least $1,000,000. Additionally, I’m a Top One Percent member.

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"Me and my wife; had a car accident. We were amazed how easy, professional, friendly attorney Ed Smith is along with his staff. Everybody is amazing. Thank you so much, we are very impressed!" Alex & Dinah M.
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