With its wonderful variety of landscapes and near year-round beautiful weather, California is a haven for cyclists. With that said, some cities are safer for biking than others, and bicycle accidents remain a concern for many. Bicycle accidents can often be serious, sometimes even leaving survivors with long-lasting injuries.
If you’ve suffered an injury resulting from a bicycle accident, Greenberg Gross LLP can help. Our bicycle accident lawyers have the experience and skill needed to fight for you. With medical bills piling up and the possibility of lost wages or income, you could use the help of a firm that will advocate for you. We offer free case evaluations, and once our team of professionals does take a case, they do all the necessary leg work so that you can focus on healing.
What Are Common Injuries a Bicycle Accident Lawyer Could Help Recover Compensation for?
Bicycle accident injuries can often be serious, even fatal. Even in cases where a cyclist escapes injury, it’s best to get checked out by a medical professional. This can allow you to identify serious complications early on, and it can help with building a case.
Survivors of bicycle accidents commonly report injuries such as:
- Organ trauma and ruptures
- Skull fractures
- Deep tissue contusions
- Traumatic brain injuries (TBIs)
- Loss of teeth
- Muscle tears and strains
- Spinal damage
The top priority for bicycle accident survivors is to get help with covering the costs of their ongoing care. To do that, our attorneys work with insurance adjusters to ensure they cover all necessary doctor visits, therapy expenses, prescription drug costs, and more.
It’s also (unfortunately) common for insurance companies to deny coverage or try to minimize the amount they will cover. In those situations, we can also appeal and fight for higher coverage totals. Then, if you’ve lost either wages or income as a result of your accident, we can work toward recovering those damages also.
What Are Some Common Bicycle Accidents?
According to California Vehicle Code 21200, cyclists have all the same rights and applicable provisions as any driver on the road. Despite this, as well as the Three Feet for Safety Act, many motor vehicle-bicycle accidents still occur due to driver negligence.
Here are just some of the most common causes of bicycle accidents:
- Inadequate Space: Drivers who don’t follow the Three Feet for Safety Act increase the risk of a collision, especially side-swipes and rear-end accidents.
- Driver Speeding: When a driver violates the speed limit, they have reduced time to brake or make adjustments, making a collision serious or even fatal.
- Changing Lanes Without Looking: When a driver changes lanes without first checking it’s safe to do so, they might hit a cyclist or even run them over.
- Not Yielding: T-bone collisions are particularly serious in motor vehicle-bicycle crashes, as are head-on collisions resulting from a driver’s failure to yield.
Given that cyclists often have no more than a helmet to protect them, it’s no wonder that bicycle accident injuries tend to be severe.
Why Should I Hire a California Bicycle Accident Lawyer?
When it comes to wrangling medical bills, working with insurance companies to secure coverage, and trying to make up for lost wages in the short term, recovering from a serious injury can often feel like a full-time job.
Instead of going it alone, a bicycle accident lawyer can help with all the vital parts of a successful recovery.
An Attorney Can Deal With Insurance Companies So You don’t Have to
While insurance companies ostensibly exist to help with getting the costs of your medical care covered, an insurance adjuster’s primary concern is with minimizing coverage amounts – or denying coverage for insured parties altogether.
A bicycle accident lawyer will have the skill and experience to help secure the highest coverage amount for you. They’ll be able to give you the space you need to recover in peace.
A Bicycle Accident Lawyer Can Build Your Case for You
The last thing you want to do is to leave your case to chance. The at-fault driver’s lawyer could try to claim negligence on your part or cast doubt on the extent of your injuries.
You’ll be busy enough with personal matters and won’t have the time or resources to represent yourself in court.
Your bicycle accident lawyer could use a variety of statutes to your advantage while building your case. For example, they can use California Vehicle Code 21760 in situations where the driver either overtook you unsafely, was speeding, didn’t properly account for road conditions, or all of the above.
What if I Can’t Afford to Hire a Bicycle Accident Lawyer?
When you’ve experienced a bicycle accident, it’s easy to get overwhelmed with all that you need to cover. It’s no wonder that many survivors don’t want to add attorney fees to that long list of expenses.
It’s important not to fall for a firm that overpromises while requiring a large upfront fee. You can afford our firm because you don’t have to pay for our services out of your pocket. We only win when you do.
Why Greenberg Gross?
At Greenberg Gross LLP, we pride ourselves on being the advocates our clients need when they need them. Founded by attorneys who have worked with some of the largest firms in the world, we have the experience needed to represent clients throughout California.
Our founders have made multiple appearances on The Daily Journal’s list of the Top 100 Lawyers in California, and in the process, they’ve built a firm that’s filled with effective, skilled, and empathetic advocates.
Contact Our California Bicycle Accident Lawyers Today and Get a Free Consultation
If you or someone you love has been injured in a bicycle accident, it’s important to remember that you’re not alone. Our team of professionals is ready to help. Call Greenberg Gross LLP and get your free consultation today.