Receive Compensation for Bike Accident Injuries
Across the U.S., the statistics for injuries from bicycle accidents are grim. Although improved automotive safety features have resulted in fewer drivers dying, bicycle injuries and fatalities are on the rise. The truth is that bicyclists are subjected to an enormous increased risk posed by distracted drivers and ever-larger vehicles.
In California, over 277,000 people were injured in more than 193,000 car crashes in 2017, the latest year for which statistics are available. There were over 11,000 bicyclists injured by motorists that year, and 163 bicyclists died.
If you were injured by a motorist while bicycling, you deserve to be compensated. But don’t leave your fate up to the driver’s insurance company. They’re counting on the fact that you’re so focused on your recovery that you will accept whatever paltry settlement they may offer. In contrast, when a Bay Area bicycle accident attorney represents you, your attorney has your best interests at heart. They can either negotiate a fair settlement on your behalf or pursue litigation to obtain the money you deserve for your losses. Those losses can include:
- Medical expenses following the accident
- The cost of anticipated future medical expenses
- Lost wages if you have to miss work
- An estimated amount for loss of future income if your injuries prevent you from working
- Permanent impairments or disabilities
- Pain and suffering
If the motorist was at fault in the accident – as is most often the case – then it’s possible that they can be charged with a crime. They might receive a traffic ticket, or they might be charged with something more serious, such as driving under the influence or reckless driving. If they’re convicted, that can help bolster your case by proving negligence and establishing that they were at fault.
It’s important to note that “motorist vs. bicycle” isn’t the only type of accident from which you can recover money. For example, your accident may have been caused by a pothole in the bicycle lane, a missing curb cut, or an uneven path. If that’s the case, then the governmental entity responsible for maintaining the throughway may be liable for your injuries. Your Bay Area bicycle accident attorney can hold them financially accountable by suing them in court or by obtaining and out-of-court settlement.
There are times when others can also be party to a lawsuit. For example, if it wasn’t a vehicle but another bicyclist that caused your injury, then they could be held liable. If your bicycle or helmet was defective and contributed to your injuries, then those manufacturers can be legally responsible for part or all of your injuries. And if the unthinkable happened and your loved one died as the result of a bicycle accident, Sliver Law Firm can file a wrongful death suit on your behalf.
Whatever the circumstances of the bike accident, Silver Law Firm’s Bay Area bicycle accident attorneys are standing by, ready to fight for the compensation you deserve. But don’t let time pass by. California has a two-year statute of limitations for filing a personal injury lawsuit. Call Silver Law Firm today for a free, no-obligation case consultation, and a chance to receive the MAXIMUM compensation you deserve.