Throughout California each year, bicycle riders endure an overwhelming number of severe injuries due to various elements such as debris in the roadway, construction, defects in pavement and sidewalks and bicycle equipment or protective gear defects and failures. The most common reason for bicycle injuries, however, is the negligence of careless drivers.
If you are a cyclist, you know that motorists usually do not pay a sufficient amount of attention to their environment, and many do not watch for bicycle riders or respect the rights of cyclists when they are on the road. Drivers are usually not knowledgeable regarding the laws in California that protect bicyclists with rights to utilize streets alongside motorists. Consequently, bike riders are injured or killed by motorists who operate their vehicles in disregard for bicycle laws.
These injuries to cyclists can be very serious, including concussions, paralysis, head trauma, spinal damage, broken or fractured bones, lacerations and disfigurement. Frequently, bicycle injuries necessitate continuing medical care that is intricate and expensive.
Our bike accident attorneys at Zwick Law fight to gain compensation to cover these expenses, including:
- Medical costs
- Lost wages
- Physical therapy
- Ongoing medical care
- Diminished quality of life
Our lawyers will assess the conditions and conduct a thorough investigation to reach the definitive cause of the accident. Police reports usually state only a partial story, as they are habitually overgeneralized in simple terms. We can then file a claim against the driver, the driver’s insurance company and even third parties whose inattention may have added to the accident. If a fatality was involved, the family of the bicycle rider can file a claim for wrongful death.
If you or your loved one has been hit in a bicycle accident, an experienced attorney at our firm will help you take the required steps to maximize your chances in receiving compensation. Since the right-of-way is regularly in question in bicycle injury cases, a practiced lawyer is necessary to battle insurance companies that typically refuse to pay damages to victims because they are either found to be completely or somewhat at fault for the accident. We vigorously support you as our bicycle injury client, insuring that you receive fair treatment and accurate compensation.