The Seriousness of Bike Accident Injuries in California
When a car collides with a bicycle, the cyclist will always lose. Bicyclists cannot withstand the forces of a bigger and more powerful motor vehicle. The exerted force of a collision between these two can lead a cyclist to suffer devastating and even fatal injuries. Meanwhile, the motorist will usually walk away unscathed.
If you or someone you love was injured in a bicycle accident, it is important to know that monetary compensation may be available. Depending on the facts of the case, compensation can be secured for ambulance costs, physical impairments, and other losses incurred as a result of the accident.
Dedicated Personal Injury Attorney Serving Injured Cyclists in SoCal
At the Law Offices of Attorney Justin H. King, helping injured cyclists receive maximum compensation after being struck by a vehicle is a top priority. The law firm takes pride in holding negligent drivers accountable for the serious bike accidents they have caused. The Law Offices of Attorney Justin H. King works tirelessly to help injured cyclists protect their rights and secure fair compensation for their injuries and financial losses caused by the accident.
When you or a loved one was struck by a vehicle, obtaining proficient legal representation can have a significant impact on the case. Seek the support of an attorney who has the skills and experience you need to win your case. Consider seeking the support of the Law Offices of Attorney Justin H. King. Call the law firm today to schedule your no-obligation case evaluation.
Bike Accidents Can Cause a Number of Debilitating Injuries
Bicycle accidents can result in a variety of injuries, but they will almost always have catastrophic consequences. The tough exterior of the vehicle coupled with the speed of the vehicle can have a devastating effect on an accident. Generally, when a traveling motor vehicle collides with a moving vehicle, the cyclist can suffer severe injuries that will often result in some form of physical impairment.
A few of the most common injuries cyclists are more likely to suffer include, but are not limited to:
- Road rash,
- Cuts and lacerations,
- Injuries in the lower extremities,
- Spinal cord injuries,
- Skull fractures,
- Broken bones, and
- Traumatic brain injuries
Wrongful Death in a Bicycle Accident
Any of the aforementioned injuries can have permanent consequences that will impact the life of the cyclist and his or her family for the rest of their lives. Unfortunately, not every cyclist is fortunate enough to survive the collision. When a bicyclist dies in a collision, his or her surviving loved ones may be eligible to receive monetary compensation for their losses.
The State of California allows the filing of a wrongful death claim when a person has the victim of negligence or intentional wrongdoing leading to death. If the claimants win the case, monetary damages could be obtained for:
- The loss of wages and benefits the deceased would have earned;
- Cremation, burial, and/or funeral costs; and
- Compensation for the loss of the deceased’s companionship and support.
Statute of Limitations for Most Bike Accidents in California
Every state has its own rules when it comes to setting a limit on the amount of time a person has to file a lawsuit after a personal injury. In the State of California, the Code of Civil Procedure §335.1 establishes the statute of limitations for injury-related claims filed in the state. Based on this law, most claimants have a two-year deadline to file a personal injury claim. Likewise, claimants who seek to file a wrongful death lawsuit are also subject to this deadline.
It is important to understand that the deadline may sometimes depend on the specifics of each case. For instance, if a person was injured in a motor vehicle accident, the “clock” will begin the moment the accident happens. On the other hand, when the victim died following the accident, the “clock” will begin on the date of the victim’s passing.
Establish Fault and Win Your Case
Accountability is of utmost importance in a bicycle accident case in California. The driver who struck the cyclist and ultimately caused his or her injuries can be held financially responsible for the victim’s losses. For this reason, it is important to exercise due diligence and hold all potentially liable parties responsible for the accident. This will help ensure maximum compensation is secured.
In a vast majority of bicycle accidents, the person driving the vehicle that collided with the cyclist will be held responsible for the accident. Unfortunately, not every at-fault party will be outright obvious. Many bicycle accidents can also involve the following parties:
- Bicycle retailers or manufacturers,
- City or county agencies,
- Vehicle part manufacturers, or
- Automobile makers
Once the correct parties have been identified, it is then critically important to establish liability. Proving negligence in a bicycle accident claim will require demonstrating the following:
- The accused party had responsibility for the safety of the victim;
- The accused party was negligent or intentionally reckless and this caused the accident;
- The victim suffered injuries as a result of the accident; and
- The accident led to the victim’s damages.
Hire the Support of a Top-Notch Personal Injury Attorney
Bicycle vs. auto accidents are almost always devastating. The injuries a cyclist can suffer in the event of a collision with a moving vehicle can be long-lasting. Unfortunately, they can sometimes be permanent. If you or someone you love was hurt while riding a bike, speak to a well-versed personal injury attorney who has the tools necessary to win the case.
The Law Offices of Attorney Justin H. King is equipped to handle the most complex bicycle accident cases in California. With many years of dedicated experience, the law firm has excelled in cases involving catastrophic injury, multiple at-fault parties, and wrongful death. After being injured in a bicycle accident, consider scheduling a case evaluation with the Law Offices of Attorney Justin H. King. You can call (909) 297-5001 or complete the confidential contact form here. The Law Offices of Attorney King will help protect your rights and interests in the case and will fight to ensure you obtain the highest compensation available.