Personal Injury Law Firm Representing Clients Injured in Bicycle Accidents in Los Angeles, Orange, Ventura, Riverside, and San Bernardino Counties in California
While the temperate climate in LA and surrounding areas make it ideal for bicycle riding, the traffic congestion is another matter, and puts riders at risk. Even the most careful bike rider can become the victim of a negligent or distracted motorist. At The Justice Firm, our Los Angeles personal injury lawyers work to protect the rights of those who choose to ride bicycles, holding those who are negligent accountable for injury-related costs victims of bicycle accidents often suffer.
Even though many bicyclists wear helmets, the protection is still extremely limited when compared to the protection that drivers of cars, trucks, and other vehicles enjoy. When a bicyclist is struck by a regular-size vehicle, the result can be catastrophic. Some of the most common injuries those who are involved in a bicycle-car accident endure include:
- Bone fractures
- Spinal cord injuries
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Clavicle or ankle fractures
- Road rash injuries
- Damage of internal organs
- Wrongful death
As experienced attorneys who have worked with many clients who were injured as the result of bicycle accidents, we understand how your life can be turned upside down. Depending on the extent of your injuries, you may be unable to work or even perform daily, ordinary tasks. In some situations, victims are permanently disabled or paralyzed. We fight aggressively to ensure victims receive the full damages they are entitled to, including medical costs, lost income, future income depending on the case, pain and suffering, counseling, rehabilitation, and more.
Some examples of how bicycle accidents occur in Orange County include:
- Vehicle turning right ahead of someone riding a bicycle
- Vehicle turns left at an intersection in front of a bicycle
- Bicyclists side-swiped by passing vehicle
- Bicyclists rear-ended by a passing vehicle
- Vehicle turns right and overtakes cyclist
In Los Angeles, there are approximately 1,200 miles of bicycle pathways, however many of the bike ways are located along roadways that are congested and on which bicycles and vehicles compete for space. According to California Office of Traffic Safety, 28 people lost their lives in 2006 in Los Angeles due to bicycle accidents.
Almost all deaths that occur in those riding bicycles are caused by bike-car accidents. Across the U.S., more emergency room hospital visits can be attributed to bicycle accidents than any other activity or sport, according to the NHTSA (National Highway Traffic Safety Administration).
As you can see, being involved in an accident between a bicycle and a traditional size motor vehicle is extremely dangerous, and puts the cyclist at risk of severe or even fatal injuries.Contact The Justice Firm now
Severe injuries can leave victims with insurmountable medical costs. Considering you may be unable to work, the financial impact can be overwhelming. At The Justice Firm, we work to make certain those who are negligent or drive while distracted pay for the damage they have caused to victims' lives. If you or a loved one have been injured in an accident while riding a bicycle that was not your fault, contact our office now. A Los Angeles bicycle accident lawyer with our firm is ready to begin working on your case today, so call 310-914-2444.