Even if you’re a seasoned bicyclist who understands and obeys the rules of the road, accidents can still happen, often resulting in minor or severe injuries and even death. Reliable studies have shown that hospitals treat approximately 500,000 bike accidents every year— the problem is particularly pronounced in San Diego, with bicycling being such a popular form of transportation. Further, the city is not always bicycle-friendly; although the San Diego City Council approved a plan in July 2018 to add forty new bike paths and lanes, their construction will take time. In the meantime, bicyclists must continue to deal with the risks that come with riding in a city that often lacks proper biking accommodations, not to mention the fallout that comes when an accident actually occurs.
If you or a relative or loved one has recently been involved in a bike accident, our San Diego bicycle accident attorneys at The Barnes Firm want to help you and hear your case. Our lawyers have many years of experience helping bike accident victims get their life back and secure the compensation they need after such a trying ordeal.
Different Kinds of Bicycle Accidents
Throughout the San Diego area, our law firm has investigated and fought for cyclists involved in all kinds of different bike accidents. Some of the more common bike accident scenarios include:
- Vehicle turning right on red into a cyclist
- Vehicle crash from behind the cyclist
- Vehicle backing out of a parking spot and causing a crash
- Vehicle turning left at intersection and striking a cyclist
- Dog attacking a cyclist while riding
Aside from a helmet and perhaps a few bike pads, cyclists have little protection when sharing the road with cars and trucks. Unfortunately, few of these bicycle accidents end up being minor, and almost all of them ultimately result in a severe injury or death. Regardless of what the cause of your bike accident was, our San Diego bicycle accident attorneys are ready and eager to take an in-depth look at your case to secure the justice you deserve.
Dealing with Insurance Following a Bike Accident
Besides receiving the necessary medical attention following a bike accident, the next step is to begin the process of dealing with the insurance companies — both your own as well as the other party’s. Typically, the insurance company of the other party will make their own offer — and that’s the end of it, right? Not so fast.
Although it may seem wonderful that the other party’s insurance company is willing to pay, is the payout they’re offering enough? The most likely answer is no, because most of the time they are only paying for damages that are immediately visible. That’s where the San Diego bicycle accident attorneys from our law firm can help you. Although professional insurance agents can have a way with their words and make it seem as if the whole situation is taken care of, you must keep in mind that their job is to try to give you the least amount of compensation possible. Our San Diego bicycle accident attorneys will fight and negotiate on your behalf to ensure all of your costs are fully addressed. Your health is of the utmost importance, and we want to make sure you are set up for success during your recovery.
Get in touch with one of our lawyers today for more information about how we can help you navigate the maze of insurance and maximize your claims compensation.
When Should I File a Bike Accident Claim?
The process of filing a claim for a bicycle accident is very similar to other kinds of personal injury claims. For the most part, all bike accident claims in the State of California are centered around the legal theory of negligence. A motorist would be considered negligent if:
- You, the bicyclist, suffered property damage, a loss of income, or increased medical bills due to their carelessness on the road.
- The motorist owed you a duty of care such as yielding at a stop sign or intersection, driving at a safe speed, or paying proper attention to the road, and failed to do so.
In the State of California, you can still recover a portion of the damages even if you are partially at fault. As an illustrative example, if a motorist drives through a stop sign without pausing and crashes into you, but you, the cyclist, were distracted by your cell phone at the time and hence partially at fault yourself, you can still recover monetary damages for the opposing party’s negligence in the incident.
The San Diego bicycle accident attorneys from The Barnes Firm suggest filing a claim once negligence has been proven. However, we acknowledge that proving negligence can be difficult — which is why our lawyers are here to help. Our law firm’s experienced team of litigators will go through every detail of your accident to build your case from the ground up. While the compensation for a bike accident claim can vary, our San Diego bicycle accident attorneys will negotiate for the best possible settlement in accordance with your total losses.
Consult with a San Diego Bicycle Accident Attorney from The Barnes Firm Today
As biking continues to grow as a preferred mode of transportation in San Diego, it’s critical for cyclists to remain vigilant to avoid a bicycle accident. Although there are many bike laws and increasingly more dedicated lanes in place, our lawyers still see cyclists sustaining injuries every day due to the negligence of others. If you or someone you care about is struggling or perhaps even fighting for their life after being involved in a bike accident, our law firm can help. After all, following such an emotionally fraught incident, nobody should have to struggle alone with handling the fallout. To get the legal support you need for an informed and vigorous fight for your claim, contact our San Diego bicycle accident attorneys today to discuss the details of your case with our lawyers during a free and 100% confidential consultation.