Folsom Bicycle Accident Lawyer
Competent and Compassionate Representation for Bicycle Accident Victims in Folsom, California
Folsom, California is a gorgeous location for biking. The city and surrounding areas are well-known for their extensive biking trails, including Humbug Creek, Willow Creek, Folsom Rail Trail, Folsom Lake Trail, and the Oak Parkway Trail. In addition, many Folsom residents have begun ditching their cars and using their bicycles as their main method of transportation. While you may take every precaution available while biking, such as wearing a helmet, northern California drivers are notorious for reckless and aggressive driving. Oftentimes, these drivers do not notice cyclists sharing the road with them. This carelessness leads to most of the bicycle accidents that occur in Folsom. In fact, each year, bicycle accidents cause 49,000 injuries and 726 deaths.
When you are injured in a Folsom bicycle accident caused by another driver, you deserve compensation for your injuries. It’s not your fault that you were injured. California law mandates that at-fault drivers accept responsibility and reimburse bicycle accident victims for injuries sustained in an unfortunate crash. I can assist you with pursuing this compensation. My law firm has worked with Folsom residents on a wide variety of personal injury accidents, including bicycle accidents. I will personally review your case, explain your options, and assist you with proceeding with your case.
To schedule a fast, free, and friendly consultation, call my law firm today at 916.921.6400.Causes of Folsom Bicycle Accidents
Bicycle accidents are prevalent in Folsom, California when bicycles are forced to share the road with cars. Though the city of Folsom has made great strides in promoting cycling and ensuring safety, it is the drivers’ ultimate responsibility to follow the laws.
Most Folsom bicycle accidents are caused by negligent drivers. Negligence is the legal term used to describe careless driving. A driver is careless when he either violates a traffic law or is simply not paying attention while driving. This includes:
- Improper turns
- Failing to yield to cyclists
- Driving in the bicycle lane
- Cutting off cyclists
- Failing to brake in time
- Driving while intoxicated
- Texting or talking while driving
Folsom bicycle accidents may also be caused by the local government’s failure to properly maintain roads or adequate signage and lighting. When the government is in charge of upkeep of public roadways and bicycle lanes, it can be held liable for negligence when it shirks this duty. Common examples include:
- Lack of proper signage
- Poorly configured intersections
- Lack of bicycle lanes
- Bumps or cracks on the road or sidewalk
- Lack of adequate lighting at night time
Bicycle accident injuries are often severe, and commonly fatal, because cyclists do not have the luxury of adequate protection from other cars and the road. While a cyclist can wear a helmet and protective clothing, there is nothing in between the cyclist and the pavement or another car. Common bicycle injuries that I see in Folsom involve:
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Spinal cord, neck, and back injuries
- Chest injuries
- Internal bleeding and organ damage
- Road rash, cuts, and abrasions
- Broken bones
I’m Ed Smith, a seasoned and dedicated Folsom bicycle accident lawyer. If you were injured in a bicycle accident in Folsom, call my law firm, the Law Offices of Edward A. Smith, immediately at 916.921.6400 locally for confidential and friendly advice.
I am also a member of the Million Dollar Advocates Forum, an elite group of trial lawyers who have won multi-million dollar verdicts and settlements.