Even for bicyclists that know and follow the rules of the road, the unfortunate can happen — a severe injury or worse, death. Statistics show that at least 62 people were struck and killed by a motorist while riding their bikes on the crowded Southern California streets, with part of the problem being an extremely disjointed road system that is currently in place. While bike lanes are present on Los Angeles roadways, they were added as an afterthought and do not offer bikers the adequate space needed to travel to where they need to go safely. What’s more, the city has dramatically slowed the construction of bike lanes over the last couple of years, from over 50 miles of bike lanes in 2011-2012 to less than 9 miles in 2015-2016.
If you or a loved one has recently been involved in a bike accident, The Barnes Firm bicycle accident attorneys serving the Greater Los Angeles area want to hear your case. Our lawyers have extensive experience helping bike crash victims recoup their life and get the compensation they deserve after such a horrific event.
Different Types of Bicycle Accidents
Throughout the Los Angeles area, our bicycle accident attorneys have investigated and fought for cyclists involved in a variety of different bike accidents. Some of these common bike accidents include:
- Vehicle Crash From Behind the Cyclist
- Vehicle Turning Right on Red into Cyclist
- Vehicle Turns Left at Intersection and Strikes Cyclist
- Vehicle Backs Out of Parking Spot Causing a Crash
- Dog Attacks Cyclist
Other than a helmet and maybe a few bike pads, cyclists do not have much protection when sharing the road. Few of these bike accidents end up being minor, and almost all end up resulting in a serious injury or death. No matter what the cause of your bike accident was, our bike and motorcycle accident lawyers in Los Angeles are ready to take an in-depth look at your case.
Dealing With Insurance After a Bike Accident
Aside from getting the necessary medical attention after a bike accident, one of the next steps is dealing with the insurance companies — both your own and the other party’s. The other party is typically going to make an offer, and that’s that, right? Not so fast.
While it’s great the other party is willing to pay, is their payout enough? Probably not, because they are only paying for what’s immediately visible. That’s where our law firm comes into play. Insurance professionals have a way with their words and make it seem as though the entire situation is taken care of, when in fact, they want to give you the least amount of money possible. Our Los Angeles bicycle accident attorneys will negotiate on your behalf to ensure all costs and injuries are addressed. Your health is the most important thing, and we want to make sure you are set up for success in your recovery.
Contact one of our lawyers today to learn more about how we can help you navigate the tricky waters of insurance and maximizing your claims compensation.
When to File a Bike Accident Claim
Filing a claim for a bike accident is very similar to any other personal injury claim. For the most part, all California bicycle accident claims are centered around the theory of negligence. A motorist would be considered negligent if:
- You suffered a loss of income, property damage, or increased medical bills due to their carelessness.
- The motorist owed you a duty of care such as yielding at an intersection or stop sign, driving at a safe speed, or paying close attention to the road and failed to do so.
In the state of California, you can recover a portion of the damages even if you are somewhat at fault. This means if a motorist flew through a stop sign crashing into you, but you are partially at fault because you were distracted by the bike’s GPS system, you can still recover damages for the opposing party’s negligence in the incident.
The Barnes Firm Los Angeles bicycle accident attorneys recommend filing a claim once negligence is proven. However, it can be difficult to prove negligence, and that’s why our lawyers are here. Our law firm’s skilled team of litigators go through every detail of the accident and build your case from the ground up. While the compensation for bike accident claims varies, our bicycle accident attorneys in Los Angeles will negotiate the best possible settlement in accordance with your losses.
Consult With a Los Angeles Bicycle Accident Attorney From the Barnes Firm Now
As bicycling continues to grow as a preferred method of transportation in California, it’s important for cyclists to remain diligent to avoid a bike accident. Although there are many bike laws and dedicated bike lanes in place, our Los Angeles pedestrian injury lawyers still see riders being injured every day because of the negligence of others. If you or someone you know is fighting for their life after being involved in a bicycle accident — our law firm can help. Contact us today to discuss the details of your case during a free and 100% confidential consultation with one of our attorneys.