Bicycle accidents in California often occur due to someone else’s negligence. Victims are entitled to compensation, whether it’s a careless driver or hazardous road conditions. If you or a loved one suffered serious injuries in a bicycle accident, HHJ Trial Attorneys can offer you help.
Here’s what you need to know about your case:
Damages become available in your case when someone else is liable for injuries you suffered in a bicycle accident. This can cover several factors, which include:
- Medical bills
- Ongoing physical therapy and rehab
- Lost wages
- Loss of earning capacity
- Loss of consortium
- Emotional distress and suffering
- Permanent disability, disfigurement, and scarring
- Diminished quality of life
Bike accidents often result in serious injuries, including broken bones, concussions, and internal bleeding. You’ll potentially have to undergo lifelong medical care depending on the severity of the accident.
You can seek compensation through a personal injury claim or lawsuit if someone else is responsible for causing the accident. However, you’ll have to prove negligence, which requires you to satisfy specific legal requirements, such as:
- You must establish that the driver owed you a duty of care, which means they’re supposed to be responsible and avoid accidents.
- You must then prove that they breached that duty through an act of negligence.
- You also have to show that the driver’s negligence played a substantial role in causing your injuries.
There are numerous examples of negligence when it comes to reckless driving. They include speeding, failure to yield, running a stop sign, tailgating, distracted driving, and driving while under the influence.
Hazardous road conditions are a common cause of bicycle accidents. We often blame ourselves when we crash our bikes after we run over a pothole or cracks in the road. However, premises liability law in California allows you to seek compensation through government entities or property owners. It’s their job to maintain surfaces and uphold safety standards.
You should follow several crucial steps after an accident occurs. First, make sure you seek medical attention and have a doctor evaluate your condition. Even if you don’t feel any pain, it’s better to be safe than sorry.
Make sure you also gather as much evidence and information as possible. This includes the name and insurance info of everyone involved in the accident. You should also take pictures or videos of the scene, which provides for documenting your injuries and any damage to your bike.
You should also never admit fault – always keep the talking to a minimum. If the other parties try to coax you into admitting fault, simply tell them to contact your lawyer. The facts will determine who’s “at fault” so don’t admit anything, even if you’re unsure about what caused the accident.
Here at HHJ Trial Attorneys, we can represent your case and help you recover compensation for your injuries. You should never settle for less than what you deserve, and we’ll hold every at-fault party accountable for their actions. Schedule an appointment with us today, and we’ll discuss your case in greater detail.