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Winters, California, is a small, charming town in Yolo County known to Northern California bicyclists.  A trail system that leads in and out of Winters is heavily traveled by recreational cyclists.  Just about every weekend of the year, residents will see groups of cyclists passing through Winters on their way to various destinations, such as Davis or Lake Berryessa.  The City of Winters can also increase the number of daily bicycle commuters - those who travel to work or school by bicycle.  The moderately dense residential areas near the centers of employment mean commutes are short, and the city enjoys the favorable Northern California climate and topography.  All these features make the region a popular place for bicyclists.  

When taking into account the number of recreational cyclists passing through Winters and the potentially increasing number of commuting cyclists, the City of Winters has periodically reviewed the safety of common bicycle routes.  They seek to continue to foster the elements that make Winters, California as a bike-friendly destination.

There is always the potential for accidents when bicyclists ride near vehicle traffic. When an unfortunate accident occurs, an experienced Winters Bicycle Accident Lawyer can protect the legal rights of the injured cyclist.  

Bicycle Accidents in Winters California

Accidents can occur anywhere, but some of the most common bicycle routes are typically where bike accidents occur most frequently.  Designated bike routes in Winters include:

  • A Class I bicycle path runs along Railroad Avenue.
  • Class II bike lanes exist on Main Street, Valley Oak Driver, and East Main Street.
  • Regionally, there are shoulder bike lanes on County Roads 93A and 31 that run from Davis to about a mile east of Winters.
  • There is a Class I trail along Russell Boulevard that ends approximately five miles outside of Winters.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), most collisions between a motorist and a bicyclist are not caused by the cyclist.  Most of the time, the motorist is at fault. Bicycle versus car accidents are commonly caused by one of the following scenarios:

  • Distracted driving (driver texting).
  • Impaired driving (drugs or alcohol).
  • The vehicle driver failing to yield or to stop at a traffic control (stop sign or red light).
  • A vehicle occupant opening a car door into the path of an oncoming bicyclist.
  • At an intersection, the driver turning into the path of an oncoming cyclist.
Common Injuries Caused by Bicycle Accidents

When a bicyclist is hit by a passenger vehicle, the injuries can be catastrophic if the cyclist survives.  Common types of injuries that occur in such an accident include:

  • Broken bones
  • Concussion and post-concussion syndrome
  • Traumatic brain injury (TBI)
  • Loss of limbs
  • Torn tendons and ligaments
  • Back and neck injuries
  • Lacerations
  • Deep abrasions
  • Nerve injuries
  • Paralysis
Why Hire a Winters Bicycle Accident Lawyer?

Following a crash with a vehicle, the cyclist will likely have an extended period of recovery.  Healing from serious injuries takes time and energy.  During the recovery period, one’s focus should be on regaining physical health rather than arguing with an insurance adjuster. Insurance companies, while they pretend to care about your best interests, absolutely do not. The only thing the insurance company is interested in is paying little to no money on your injury claim.  A skilled Winters bicycle accident lawyer knows the tricks played by insurance adjusters and can battle to protect your legal rights and financial interests.  Many elements of damage may be recoverable to you following a bicycle accident, including:

  • Medical bills - already incurred and for any treatment that your injuries will require in the future.
  • Wage loss
  • Loss of future earning capacity
  • Pain and suffering

Additionally, if you are married, your spouse may recover damages for the impact that your injuries had on the marital relationship.  This category of damage is known as loss of consortium.

Time Limit to File a Bicycle Accident Claim

California has a two-year statute of limitations for personal injury matters.  That means that your claim must be settled, or a lawsuit must be filed before the second anniversary of the incident that caused your injuries.  Sometimes, the time in which you must act is much shorter - such as when a public or governmental agency caused the accident.  In cases against a governmental agency, the time limit is only six months.  The statute of limitations is also different when the injured person is younger than 18.  Protecting these crucial time limits is another reason it makes sense to consult an experienced Winters bicycle accident lawyer.

Watch the YouTube video.  The clip below features a 2010 news report of the Amgen bike tour rolling through Winters.

Winters Bicycle Accident Lawyer

Hello. I'm Ed Smith, a Winters Bicycle Accident Lawyer. I have been advocating on behalf of injured Northern Californians since 1982.  If you suffered injuries due to the negligence of a motorist, call the injury lawyers at my firm for compassionate, free, and friendly advice.  Locally, dial (530) 392-9400, and from outside the area, use our toll-free line: (800) 404-5400. 

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