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Bicycle Accidents in Rancho Cucamonga – San Bernardino County
Alternative modes of transportation have boomed in recent years. As many as one in twelve households do not own an automobile and California is one of the leading states in the nation when it comes to cycling. As this switch in transportation happens though, bicycle accidents are becoming more and more common, leaving many with life altering injuries and disabilities. When that happens, it is important to have an experienced personal injury attorney working for you and asserting your rights at every opportunity.
Bicycle Accidents Happen
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, in 2013 there were 743 cyclists killed and an estimated 48,000 injured in motor vehicle traffic crashes and when broken down by state, California leads the list with the most bicycle fatalities. Cyclist deaths account for 2 percent of all major motor vehicle traffic fatalities and injured cyclists make up 2 percent of all people injured in traffic crashes during the year. Cyclist fatalities have been rising steadily since 2010, a total of a 19 percent increase.
Cyclists in urban and suburban settings are most likely to be injured or killed in a traffic accident when compared to their rural counterparts. In a place like Rancho Cucamonga & San Bernardino in the Inland Empire, fatal bicycle accidents are statistically more likely to occur.
Bicycle accidents, especially those with a motorized vehicle, can cause life changing personal injuries. Although mandatory helmet laws and the use of safety equipment such as lights, flashers, reflectors and wearing brightly colored reflective clothing can reduce the risk of being struck by a driver on the road, there is still a significant risk of injury when an accident does occur. The most common injuries in bicycle accidents are as follows:
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Fractures of arms, legs and ribs
- Spinal and neck injuries
- Scrapes, cuts and contusions, often referred to as “road rash”
- Internal bleeding and damage to vital organs
Bicycle accident injuries can be more severe than other traffic accidents due to the exposed nature of the bicycle rider. While drivers and passengers in cars may be protected by a steel frame and seat belts, bicycle riders have none of the safety features as others who they share the road with.
Cyclists are put into a precarious position on the road. They are not motorized and do not travel as fast as cars, and as mentioned previously they do not have any of the safety features that minimize injuries when in a traffic accident. Despite these facts, cyclists must share the road with pedestrians, passenger vehicles, buses, and commercial freight traffic.
Sharing the road with other vehicles is the cause of almost all fatal and serious bicycle accidents. While California law allows for bicyclists to share the road with traffic, much confusion exists among both drivers and riders as to how to regard each other. Many cyclists are struck when drivers in passenger vehicles make left hand turns while only taking notice of vehicle traffic. Others collide with cyclists at intersections. In some cities and towns where bicycle lanes have been implemented, many drivers fail to respect the driving lane boundaries and inadvertently strike cyclists.
While the amount of medical bills that a person will accumulate depends on the type of accident and the severity of their injuries, any trip to the hospital or doctor puts you in a position you do not want to be in. The average hospital stay per day in California costs the patient $2,700, the third highest in the Nation. That figure does not include the cost of surgeries or special procedures. A week-long stay in a California hospital is likely to cost the patient almost $19,000.
This figure does not take into account the fact that the initial treatment for the immediate injuries sustained after a bicycle accident is just the beginning when it comes to visiting doctors. There is also the cost for rehabilitation and any disabilities or lingering effects of the traffic accident had on the injured.
During the recovery period, it is unlikely that the injured is working. This means that the bicycle accident victim may not be able to work full time or at all depending on their injury. This can cause a loss in quality of life. Coupled with the pain and mental anguish that the injured is experiencing, one accident can completely change a person’s life for the worst.
It Does Not Matter If You Contributed To the Accident – Even if you believe that the accident was your fault or that you contributed to your accident, you should still contact a personal injury lawyer. Contributing to a bicycle accident is not the same as causing it and even if you made a mistake you may still be able to partially recover for your injuries. California follows what is called “pure comparative fault.” Your compensation will only be reduced by the percentage of fault you are for causing the accident.
If you still believe that you are the sole cause for causing a traffic accident, it is important to remember that you do not know all of the facts of the case at the time of the accident. It is possible that the other driver is just as much to blame for the accident or more. A good personal injury lawyer will properly investigate the details of the accident to determine who is most at fault and will pursue your case accordingly.
Contact a Personal Injury Attorney in Rancho Cucamonga – San Bernardino County
A San Bernardino personal injury attorney is an indispensable part of the recovery process in a bicycle accident. A good personal injury attorney can sit down with you, address any concerns you have and give you a roadmap for moving forward with your recovery process. This includes collecting and analyzing the facts surrounding your bicycle accident, gathering evidence of your injuries and getting you properly compensated for all of your injuries, not just physical ones involving your medical bills, but also for your mental suffering and loss of quality of life.
If you or someone you know has been injured while riding a bicycle or has been involved in an accident with a cyclist in the greater San Bernardino or surrounding areas, please contact the Law Offices of Justin King. Call us at +1 (909) 297-5001 for a free confidential case evaluation. Let us help you get your life back on track.
Justin King - Bicycle Accident Attorney Serving Rancho Cucamonga, San Bernardino & Surrounding.
At The Law Offices of Justin King, we understand the serious consequences that a bicycle accident can have on your life, family, and future. Our experienced accident injury attorneys work hard to ensure that your legal rights are protected and that you receive the compensation you are entitled to for your injuries. We are experienced in negotiating settlements with opposing counsel, and insurance companies, and will strive to obtain the best possible result for you, regardless of the severity of your injuries.
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