There are over a hundred bicyclists killed and eleven thousand injured in California every year. Almost a third of all fatal cyclist versus motor vehicle accidents involve alcohol as a factor.
Drivers often deny full liability after an accident with a bicycle. Unfortunately, insurance companies will evaluate your claim based upon their client’s statement. This is why it is so important to consult with one of our skilled bicycle accident lawyers.
Several members of our team are seasoned road cyclists and mountain bikers who understand the danger posed by negligent drivers. We have extensive experience safeguarding the interests of our clients injured in bicycle accidents. If you sustained an injury, you have the right to hold the negligent party responsible for your injuries, including loss of wages, medical expenses, and pain and suffering.
BICYCLE ACCIDENT STATISTICS
The NHTSA conducts regular studies about bicycle safety and bicycle commuter accident statistics. This information serves as a guide to illustrate the risks to bicyclists, as well as to show our communities how to make the roads safer.
With the rising popularity of cycling to work and for enjoyment, many California communities have experienced a rise in bicycle accidents.
Of the fatal bicycle crashes, nearly 70% involve injuries to the head. Studies show that helmets are the single most effective way to prevent head injury.
Specifically, helmets are almost 90 percent effective in mitigating brain and head injuries in a collision. This is why they are mandated by law for young riders in many states. In California, helmets are mandatory for all bicyclists under 18 years of age.
Bicycle-related injuries cost $8 billion dollars annually. Injuries caused by cars and trucks can be severe and require extended or life-long treatment. At Sweet James, we strive to educate our community about bicycle safety, including teaching motorists road sharing techniques.
HOW CAN A PERSONAL INJURY ATTORNEY HELP
There can be many factors that will need to be examined in order to determine the causes and effects of a bicycle accident. Insurance companies know that it’s almost impossible to undertake this task alone, and attempting to manage your legal issues by yourself can make you very vulnerable.
Insurance adjusters may try and take advantage of you to avoid paying out the proper sum of damages.
As unfair as it may appear, there are clever defenses they can use to mitigate the harm you have suffered, and deprive you of the money you are entitled to obtain after your accident. A personal injury attorney experienced in handling bicycle accident claims can stop this from happening.
At Sweet James, we are unwavering in our commitment to excellence, and handle all our legal disputes carefully. When dealing with your bicycle accident claim, our firm will make use of all the available resources to get you the money you need to balance your life again.