Pittsburg Bicycle Accident Lawyer
The city of Pittsburg shares the same Mediterranean climate that most of the rest of Contra Costa County and the East Bay enjoy. In terms of weather, it is a perfect place to ride a bicycle. Embarking on a bicycle ride is a great way to get exercise and is a convenient commuting option. While bicycling has many fantastic benefits to a rider’s mental and physical health and being good for the environment, it does come with an element of risk, especially when riding in areas with motor vehicle traffic. Bicycle versus vehicle accidents can cause serious injuries. If you or a loved one has suffered injuries in a Pittsburg bicycle accident, protect your legal rights and contact a skilled attorney with extensive experience in bicycle accident cases.The Delta de Anza Regional Trail
One way to avoid traffic dangers while riding a bicycle is to stick to trails that do not allow motorized vehicles. Pittsburg is one of the cities with access to the Delta de Anza Regional Trail, a paved, multi-use bicycling, hiking, and equestrian trail that currently spans more than 15 miles. There are plans to expand the trail to a length of 25 miles. The Delta de Anza trail connects areas in eastern and central Contra Costa County, providing alternative transportation access to parks and many schools, including Los Medanos Community College.Bicycling in the City of Pittsburg
It is not always possible to limit a bicycle commute to designated trails. Sometimes it is necessary to ride near traffic. The City of Pittsburg maintains several bike lanes and paths that maintain a separate space from roadway traffic. Some of the streets with such bike facilities include:
- Railroad Avenue and East Leland Road
- Buchanan Road
- Kirker Pass Road
- Willow Pass Road
- Harbor Street
- Loveridge Road
- Crestview Drive
The city’s website also states that all major streets, including West Leland Road, have plans for bicycle lanes.
Watch the YouTube video. A local rider documents his white-knuckle ride from Concord to Pittsburg.How Bicycle Accidents Happen
Bicycle safety is the responsibility of everyone that uses California’s roads. Cyclists, as well as motorists, need to exercise caution when they are traveling near each other. That said, many bicycle accidents occur due to errors and negligence on the part of motorists. Vehicle operators are not always on the lookout for cyclists, and that inattention can result in a tragic accident. If the motorist caused the accident, the injured cyclist has the right to seek financial compensation for damages from the driver’s automobile insurance.
Here are some common causes of bicycle accidents:
- Distracted driving/texting while driving
- Driving while impaired by drugs or alcohol
- Failure to stop or yield for a bicyclist - especially common at intersections
- Road defects
- Unsafe speed
- Inclement weather or conditions with decreased visibility
- A motorist opening a car door into the path of a cyclist
Personal injury cases often include some combination of the following types of economic and non-economic damages:
- Medical Expenses. This category includes medical bills incurred as a result of injuries sustained in the subject incident. It may also include the cost of any related future medical care as recommended by a physician.
- Lost Income. If you miss time for work due to injuries you suffered in the bike accident, you may seek recovery of that lost income. Sometimes, the injuries are severe enough that one is no longer able to return to their regular line of work or even work at all. This could give rise to a claim for future income loss and/or a loss of earning capacity claim.
- Pain and Suffering. Pain and suffering fall within a category known as non-economic damages. You are entitled to payment for the physical pain you suffered, as well as emotional suffering. A skilled Pittsburg bicycle accident lawyer will know how to illustrate this element of damages to maximize your financial recovery.
- Property Damage. Often the bicycle involved in an accident with a motor vehicle is no longer usable. You are entitled to the replacement cost of the bike, as well as any other personal property that was damaged in the collision, such as your eyeglasses or sunglasses, a watch, clothing, or a backpack.
If the injured cyclist is married, the spouse may be entitled to loss of consortium damages, which provide financial compensation to address the negative effects the accident and injuries had on the marital relationship.
If the accident resulted in the cyclist’s death, his or her heirs may file a wrongful death lawsuit and seek compensation for funeral and burial expenses, as well as the loss of love, companionship, and parental guidance, if applicable.Bicycle Accidents - Legal Time Limits
The personal injury statute of limitations in California is two years, meaning the claim must be settled or a lawsuit on file before the two-year anniversary of the incident that caused the injuries. If the deadline to file is missed, the injured person will likely lose all rights to recover financially from the at-fault party.
Sometimes, the time limit is even shorter, such as if the negligent party was working in the course and scope of employment for a government agency. In that case, a notice of claim must be filed with the proper agency within 180 days or six months from the incident date.
The statute of limitations also changes if the injured person was younger than 18 at the time of the incident. We recommend consulting with a bicycle accident attorney to ensure that your legal rights are protected.Look for Experience and Skill When Choosing a Lawyer
It is common for an insurance adjuster to deny liability or legal responsibility following a bicycle accident. It is the goal of the insurance company to pay as little on injury claims as possible. An adjuster will often try to get you to settle for pennies as soon as possible following the incident. By retaining a skilled attorney, you can be sure that you will not fall prey to insurance tactics designed to lowball your serious injury claim.Pittsburg Bicycle Accident Lawyer
Hello - I’m Ed Smith, a Pittsburg bicycle accident lawyer. Since 1982, I have worked to protect the rights and maximize the financial recoveries of injured Northern Californians. If you or a loved one has sustained injuries because of another party's negligence, our injury lawyers are happy to offer compassionate, free, and friendly advice. Call us at (925) 428-5220 or toll-free at (800) 404-5400.
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