Bicycle accident injury attorney
Whether you ride a bike for pleasure, exercise, or even to commute back and forth to work, you may be at risk for a bike injury. The good news is that many metropolitan areas are building more and more bike lanes to support the increasing number of bicyclists.
The bad news is that every year about 50,000 people are injured in accidents that occur between a bicycle and some type of motor vehicle, most often a car. Even if the bicyclist is wearing a helmet and other protective gear, he or she is still vulnerable to sustaining a serious injury due to the difference in mass between any vehicle and a bike.
Bike accident injuries include:
- Cuts and abrasions
- Eye injuries
- Strains and dislocations
- Dental fractures
- Eye and hand injuries
However, some types of accidents are more severe and could require long-term or even life-long medical care:
- Neck and spinal cord injuries
- Serious head injuries w/brain swelling
- Abdominal soft tissues injuries
If you’ve been injured in a bicycle accident, California personal injury laws allow you to file a lawsuit against the party or parties who caused the accident. In addition, family members may be able to file a wrongful death lawsuit if they’ve lost a loved one in a bicycling accident.
The driver of the car that is responsible for causing a bicycle accident may be liable for damages. In California injured victims in bicycle accidents may be able to recover damages for physical injuries, medical bills, lost wages, property damage, and other economic losses as well as non-economic losses such as pain and suffering.
Unfortunately, broken bones and head injuries are commonly suffered by bicyclists involved in accidents with a motor vehicle. Head trauma can result in long-term effects on concentration, memory, attention span, and other cognitive abilities. Injuries of this nature not only require immediate medical treatment and hospitalization, but rehabilitation and possibly home health care. They can also have a serious impact, financially speaking, if they result in loss of income, especially if you’re no longer able to return to work.
If you’ve been the victim of a bicycle accident that has resulted in injuries, especially if they’re serious, the process of dealing with all the medical bills and recovering from your injuries while trying to deal with the legal issues involved, can be overwhelming. Family support is critical to your recovery, but just as important is working with an attorney who has experience in these types of cases.
For more than 30 years, Scott S. Harris, brain injury attorney, has been helping people throughout California get the compensation that they deserve for serious injuries. Whether it’s through a negotiated settlement with an insurance company or filing a lawsuit in court, Scott S. Harris has helped many clients who have suffered brain injuries to secure the financial compensation that they need to recover.
Contact our office to schedule a free consultation.