Vacaville Bicycle Accident Lawyer
In 2017, Solano County saw 82 bicycle riders injured or killed in accidents. Of those, 13 were children under the age of 15, according to the California Office of Traffic Safety. However, many bicycle accidents go unreported each year, which means that the numbers may be much higher. When a negligent motorist or entity is the cause of a bicycle injury or fatality, a claim may be placed for financial compensation with the help of an experienced lawyer.Seeking Help for a Bicycle Accident Injury
At Autoaccident.com, we have the experience and resources to help a bicycle rider injured through negligence get the compensation they deserve. Our investigation into a bicycle accident can provide the evidence required to place a strong claim for the recovery of medical costs, lost wages, and reimburse the injured person for their pain and suffering.Negligence That Causes Bicycle Accident
Understanding what causes bicycle accidents is essential to learn how to avoid them. Around the nation, 58 percent of fatalities to bicycle riders happen outside of intersections, and 45 percent occur after dark. Some of the common types of accidents caused by motor vehicles include:
- Rear-end collisions: If a driver is distracted or following too close, they may not have enough time to stop to avoid crashing into a bicycle. Forty percent of all bicycle accidents are rear-ended collisions.
- Dooring accidents: These types of collisions with bicycles often occur along busy streets. If a vehicle is parked on the side and the driver or a passenger opens a door without checking for a bicycle rider, it can result in an accident injury.
- Right turns: Drivers can neglect to check for a bicyclist when making a right turn. If the rider is in the blind spot of a vehicle and the motorist doesn’t look before turning, the car will end up directly in the bicyclist’s path.
- Sideswipes: Under California Vehicle Code 21760, a motorist must keep three feet away from a bicycle rider. A driver who does not do so and causes a collision is guilty of negligence.
- Exiting an alley, side street, or driveway: A driver that crosses into a bicycle rider’s path can cause a collision. Generally, the driver is not paying sufficient attention and does not spot the rider.
- Intersection accidents: Intersections are prime locations for many bicyclist accidents. Designated bicycle lanes are not available in all areas. In addition, riders have to contend with traffic coming from many other directions and motorists who cut into the bike lane to make a right turn.
Being a responsible driver can help prevent many accidents to bicycle riders. Since those on bicycles are more vulnerable, these accidents often result in serious injuries. Some of the common risky behaviors that can lead to the injury or fatality of a cyclist include:
- Drunk driving or the consumption of drugs: A high number of all traffic accidents are caused by drunk or drugged driving. Because the driver lacks judgment and has poorer reflexes and vision, it can end up causing a serious injury to someone on a bicycle.
- Speeding: Speeding is a major cause of all accidents. The driver is not only less likely to be able to stop in an emergency, but the increased speed presents a higher risk or injuries and fatalities when it involves a bicyclist.
- Fatigued driving: A driver who is too tired to be behind the wheel of a vehicle can easily cause a traffic accident involving a bicycle rider. Fatigue can be caused by a medical problem that is untreated, performing shift work, and just staying up too late the night before.
- Distracted driving: Cell phone use while driving has become a major contributor to all types of accidents as drivers talk on a phone or text. Other forms of distracted driving include changing a radio station, chatting with passengers and eating or drinking.
The following video shows some of the most common causes of bicycle accidents.Investigation of a Bicycle Accident
By conducting an investigation to uncover evidence before it disappears or is destroyed, a strong case can be built for the recovery of financial damages for the client. Our experienced team of investigators goes to the accident location right away to begin by talking to the witnesses and checking the police report for mistakes. Other types of evidence the investigators collect includes:
- Searching for video footage of the accident from traffic surveillance and business cameras
- Performing accident reconstruction, which can show exactly how the collision occurred and point to specific types of negligence by the driver
- Checking to see if the driver violated the three-foot distance rule, which led to the bicyclist injury
- Looking for road damage that might have caused the accident, which means that a government entity might be liable for damages
Once all of the evidence has been gathered together, it is time for our experienced lawyers to take over to build a strong case. This is used in negotiating with the insurance company for the client if this is possible. Because not all insurance companies are cooperative and look for ways to lower or deny a claim, the evidence can also be used in civil court.Vacaville Bicycle Accident Lawyer
I’m Ed Smith, a Vacaville bicycle accident lawyer. When you’ve been injured in a bicycle accident, having a seasoned attorney by your side can make the difference in whether you receive an award that will cover all of your losses. Call me at (707) 564-1900 or (800) 404-5400 for my free and friendly advice. I can also be reached by completing the message form online.
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