Even if you routinely utilize hand signals, ride in the bike lane, and invest in the proper protection, bicycle accidents can still happen. Unfortunately, bicycle accidents are becoming increasingly common, especially in urban areas. Worse still, California leads the nation as the state with the second highest number of cyclist fatalities each year. If you or a loved one were involved in an accident, you might need an experienced bicycle accident lawyer.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports that bicycle accidents are on the rise. As of April 2018, bicycle accidents in Los Angeles have tripled since last year. This year, the city has already seen six cyclist fatalities according to Los Angeles Police Department Sgt. Roland Fogel. Worst of all, many of these fatalities occurred as a result of hit-and-run collisions. Perpetrators have driven both civilian and commercial vehicles, with one instance involving a FedEx delivery van that left the scene after striking and killing a woman on a bicycle.
In the event of a bicycle/motor vehicle collision, the effects are always more severe for the cyclist. Without the protective casing of a vehicle, cyclists endure the brunt of the impact. Even a slow-speed collision that would have been minor for two vehicles can become deadly for a cyclist. Cycling accidents can cause a myriad of injuries, including head trauma, neck and back injuries, fractures, lacerations, as well as internal injuries. Recovery is often a lengthy process, and you may be facing daunting rehabilitation, permanent disabilities, and extensive medical bills.
The CDC reports that bicycle accidents create $10 billion in lifetime costs for cyclists. If you’ve been injured, a bicycle accident lawyer can help you pursue compensation.
By far, most bicycle accidents occur as a result of motor vehicle driver negligence. The most common scenario is when a car turns right into the path of an oncoming cyclist with the right of way. California drivers also have a tendency to abuse bike lanes to pass other drivers or carelessly open their car door into the path of a cyclist in the bike lane. Furthermore, bike lanes may not always connect to sidewalks or other bike lanes, forcing cyclists to ride in central lanes. Unfortunately, many people have an internal bias against cyclists who exercise their right to use the roadways. This can make it more difficult to collect damages. At Blackstone Law, you’ll find a bicycle accident lawyer who will fight for your right to compensation.
The bicycle accident lawyers at Blackstone Law will work tirelessly to hold the negligent driver accountable. We are here to help you understand the specifics of your case and answer all of your legal questions. If you or a family member need representation for an injury you sustained in a bicycle accident, we are happy to come to you or accommodate your needs with a free phone consultation.
When you turn to Blackstone Law for your bicycle accident lawyer needs, you’ll receive proactive advocacy and compassionate guidance. We know the most important thing we can do for our clients is to develop a case strategy that delivers results. We work on contingency, which means that you will never pay upfront fees. Even if you choose not to retain our services, the legal advice we provide is free of charge. If you’re suffering from an accident, we urge you to reach out to a bicycle accident lawyer for a consultation.