If you have been involved in a bike accident in California then you might have some questions about your legal rights. Keep reading to get answers to some of the questions we are most often asked. If you have additional questions, or would like a free legal consultation, contact The Law Offices of Larry H. Parker at 800-333-0000 right away.
What Damages Can Be Recovered in a Bike Accident Claim?
The person who is at fault for the accident might be found liable to pay compensation for the damages of the victim. This could include money for medical bills (both past, present, and estimated future), property damage to the bike, lost wages, and pain and suffering.
When Should I Call an Attorney?
If you are in a bike accident that involved a motor vehicle, then you should talk to a personal injury attorney before you talk to the insurance company. In most cases, the insurance company is going to want to settle the claim for as little as they possibly can. They might make it seem as though there is a set amount that you will get no matter what, or that your case is weak. Your attorney can tell you if you are receiving a fair settlement offer.
Who is to Blame for the Accident?
Obviously, this depends on the specifics of the case. However, it is important for you to be aware that there might be more than one party at fault. For example, the accident could be a result of cracked cement, an off-leash dog that got in your way, or a pothole. It could be the fault of a driver. It could be the fault of several parties, all of whom share some financial liability.
How Common Are Bike Accidents?
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report that there are more than one thousand bicyclists killed while riding every year. That is in addition to nearly 500,000 injuries. Each year, bike accidents – both fatal and non-fatal – combine to cause productivity losses and medical bills of more than $10 billion. What’s worse, fatal bike accidents have been going up since 2010.
What Steps Should I Take if I Am Hit by a Car While on a Bike?
First and foremost, get medical help. Call 9-1-1 if you are seriously injured. The most common bike injuries are serious and involve the neck, back, or head. You need a doctor to evaluate you for these injuries as they are not always clear immediately after an accident.
Once you are safe, you can contact a personal injury attorney to find out what your legal options are. The Law Offices of Larry H. Parker is standing by today to help you. Call us at 800-333-0000 to request a free legal consultation.