Concord Bicycle Accident Lawyer

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Concord residents often use bicycles to exercise, run errands, go to work and enjoy the beautiful countryside. The last thing they think about is being injured in an accident caused by someone else's negligence. Concord bicycle riders suffer injuries or become fatality statistics most frequently when a negligent car or truck driver is involved. When this happens, a bicycle accident attorney can help them obtain compensation to cover the cost of their medical expenses, wages lost because they cannot work, and the pain and suffering they endured.

Why You Should Contact a Concord Bicycle Accident Lawyer 

Serious injuries occur when this type of collision happens. A Concord bicycle accident lawyer can help you obtain the compensation you deserve when facing high medical costs and additional expenses. A bicycle accident can be complex when another vehicle is involved, and the driver and their insurance company will try to avoid accepting responsibility in some cases. In addition, a third party might also be liable if the driver was driving work or a government vehicle. Since 1982, the injury lawyers at AutoAccident.com have successfully handled many bicycle accident claims. We have the experience and tenacity to conclude your case successfully. 

Statistics for Bicycle Accidents

Statistics supplied by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration state that 846 pedal cyclists died in 2019, and more than 49,000 were injured in traffic collisions. Males are much more likely to be injured or die in a bicycle accident at a rate six times higher. Urban areas are where 78 percent of these severe accidents occur.

Recovery of Compensation After a Concord Bicycle Accident

When a negligent driver causes your bicycle accident injury, you may face high medical costs, inability to work, and pain and suffering. Those injured due to another's negligence may recover the following with the help of a bicycle accident lawyer.

  • Medical costs, including hospitalization and associated expenses, are recoverable. If the injury continues into the future, those costs are factored into the settlement.
  • Wages lost can be recovered, including tips, bonuses, and other monies.
  • Those losses are figured in if the injured party is permanently disabled and cannot return to work. 
  • Recovery of damages for your pain and suffering, including emotional distress and loss of consortium, are recoverable.
  • Although rarely applied, if the injury accident was intentional or egregious, the injured party or family may ask for punitive damages in the case of a fatality.
Motor Vehicle Drivers Cause a High Number of Concord Bicycle Accidents

Drivers of motor vehicles often say they never saw the bicycle rider following a collision with one. However, the motorist has the duty of care to watch for bicycle riders to ensure their safety on the road. When a driver is negligent, they may be responsible for the bicycle rider's injuries or face a wrongful death claim if the bicyclist dies in the crash. Although there are several ways in which driver negligence leads to a bicycle accident, the following are the most common:

  • A motorist is making a left turn and strikes a bicycle rider. Because the driver is concentrating on making a left turn and potentially looking for other vehicles in their path, they don't always check to see if a bicycle rider is passing through the crosswalk. However, the driver is responsible for ensuring they know where everyone in the intersection and crosswalk is before making a left turn.
  • A vehicle exits a side street or parking lot and hits someone on a bicycle. This common type of accident happens when the driver is haphazard about checking their rear-view and side mirror before backing. 
  • When a motorist is making a right turn at an intersection is another common type of accident involving a bicycle rider. Because the driver is looking left to spot oncoming traffic or trying to see around other vehicles at an intersection, they may forget to check the right where a bicyclist is in the middle of the crosswalk. 
  • Rear-end accidents involving a bicycle rider are one of the most severe types of collisions. This is because the rider is often ejected from their bicycle, which can cause serious injuries. Drivers who strike a bike from behind are often distracted, drunk driving, or fatigued.
  • Drivers who are parallel parked cause injury accidents to a bicycle rider. Dooring accidents occur when the driver or a passenger opens their door on the street side without looking, which can cause the bicyclist to suffer broken bones or serious head trauma.
  • Disregarding the California three-foot law leads to injury accidents involving bicycle riders. In addition, drivers who move into the bicycle lane to make a right turn without checking for a rider cause serious collisions. 
Seeking Help from a Concord Bicycle Accident Lawyer

When a personal injury claim is made, an investigation has to be held to collect the evidence needed to support the case. Among our areas of inquiry are:

  • Conducting accident reconstruction, which is used by insurance companies and courts to explain how collisions occur and how the vehicle and bicycle rider were positioned. 
  • Investigators examine the police report for errors and speak to witnesses for corroborating statements. 
  • There is a good chance that cameras around businesses and traffic have recorded the accident, so those are examined. 
  • A driver's attempts to stop can also be determined based on clues on the road, such as skid marks or lack thereof. If there are no tread marks, it could be a sign of a distracted driver, someone driving drunk or speeding, etc. 

After our injury lawyers collect the evidence, they construct a compelling case for compensation on our client's behalf. This evidence is valuable when presenting your case in court or negotiating with the insurance company.

Please take a moment to watch the following video to learn more about AutoAccident.com and how our injury lawyers can help you with your bicycle accident case.

Bicycle Accident Lawyers in Concord, CA

Get free and friendly advice from our experienced Concord bicycle accident lawyers if you have been injured in a bicycle accident by a negligent motorist. We can be reached at (925) 428-5220 or (800) 404-5400. You can also contact us online

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Editor's Note: This page has been updated for accuracy and relevancy [cha 7.6.22]

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