Granite Bay Bicycle Accident Lawyer
According to the National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration (NHTSA), almost eight-hundred bicyclists were killed in collisions involving motor vehicles in 2012. If that was not bad enough, a substantial portion of the injuries and fatalities in bicycling accidents involved children under the age of fifteen.Common Types of Collisions Between Automobiles and Bicycles
The most common types of collisions involving a bicyclist and an automobile include the following:
- A motorist side-swiping a cyclist in a bike lane or narrow street
- Motorists turning left in front of an oncoming cyclist in an intersection
- Motorists turning right into a driveway while a cyclist was riding on the shoulder
- Rear-end collisions
In each of the accident scenarios described above, the collision could have been prevented if the driver of the automobile had exercised due care. If drivers looked before turning and checked for blind spots, there would likely be substantially fewer side-swipes and turning collisions. Following the speed limit and not texting while driving can also help reduce the number of serious collisions. Unfortunately, many drivers do not exercise due care and wind up causing serious accidents where a bicyclist's life is put in jeopardy.
The Federal Highway Administration produced the video below to educate children of all age groups on bicycle safety.Understanding Negligence in the Context of a Personal Injury Case
Under California law, drivers of motor vehicles who cause a collision with a bicyclist may be legally liable for the injuries suffered by the bicyclist. The legal buzzword used to describe these types of cases is negligence. To establish negligence, your bicycle accident attorney needs to investigate the accident scene, interview witnesses, review the police report, and depose the defendant. With that evidence, your attorney can present a compelling case that the driver owed you a duty of care, that they breached that duty of care, and as a result of that breach you suffered serious bodily injuries and emotional trauma.Types of Financial Recovery Through a Bicycle Accident Injury Claim
The physical, mental, and financial strain after a serious bicycle accident can be extremely stressful and difficult to get through. For example, the medical expenses after an accident between a car and a bicycle tend to be high for the injured bicyclist. These economic damages, along with the non-economic damages like being unable to walk or being forced to miss important family events, are compensable through a personal injury claim. The list of damages that are typically pursued through an injury claim includes the following:
- Immediate medical expenses and future medical costs – this includes the costs incurred immediately after the accident (ambulance, ER treatment) and future medical costs (e.g., physical therapy and surgeries);
- Reimbursement for the wages you would have earned if the accident never occurred –this includes compensation for the income you would have generated, but was forced to forego because you needed to visit your doctor or just take time away to rest. You may also be able to get compensation for future wages if the injuries you suffered are so severe that you cannot return to work.
- Compensation for the emotional and psychological pain and suffering you endured from the accident.
It is extremely important to understand that the amount of financial compensation you can expect to obtain from a personal injury claim will depend largely on the amount of available automobile insurance coverage that you and the other driver have under your respective policies. That is why it is so important to get the name and contact info of the driver's auto insurance company so it is possible to initiate a claim. Your own uninsured or underinsured motorist coverage may also come into play.Granite Bay Bicycle Accident Lawyer
I’m Ed Smith, a Granite Bay Bicycle Accident Lawyer. I have been serving the Granite Bay and Northern California community for over thirty years with all types of personal injury claims. If you or someone you love has been hurt in a bicycle accident, please call me for free, friendly, and compassionate advice. You can reach me at 916.921.6400, 800.404.5400, or online at AutoAccident.com.
Editor’s Note: This page has been updated for accuracy and relevancy [cha 10.26.20]
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