There is not much to protect you from sustaining severe injuries during a bicycle accident. However, you have the right to seek compensation from the liable party for your losses.
A San Francisco bicycle accident lawyer from Greenberg Gross can stand by your side to fight for your right to recover compensation for physical, financial, and emotional losses. As you deal with the aftermath of a bicycle accident, let us handle the legal aspects of your case so you can focus on healing from your injuries.
How Much Is My Bicycle Accident Case Worth?
Driver negligence and roadway surface defects are common causes of bicycle accidents causing injuries that range in severity and location. For example, even if you wore a helmet, you could still suffer a traumatic brain injury. Other injuries ranging from scrapes and bruises to strains and broken bones can all have severe impacts and take time to heal appropriately.
The specific circumstances of your accident and the extent of your injuries affect your case. However, a personal injury lawyer from our team will prepare your accident case and fight for the compensation you deserve while you focus on the road to recovery.
Types of Recoverable Damages From a Bicycle Accident
Depending on your unique losses after the accident, you could recover economic and noneconomic compensation for your damages, such as the following:
- Past medical bills
- Future medical expenses
- Income losses
- Reduced earning capacity
- Pain and suffering
- Post-traumatic stress disorder
Some recoverable damages are more straightforward to calculate than others. However, working with an attorney to identify losses and demonstrate their value can help reduce some of your stress. So, a bicycle accident lawyer from Greenberg Gross can help fight for your rights while you focus on recovering from your injuries.
Family Members Can Recover Compensation if Their Loved One Passes Away in a Bicycle Accident
If your loved one passed away from their injuries as a result of someone else’s negligence, surviving family members could recover compensation for the loss. Examples of wrongful death compensation include:
- Funeral and burial or cremation expenses
- Financial support your loved one contributed to the family
- Loss of companionship, guidance, and support your loved one offered
Our bicycle accident lawyer serving San Francisco can determine which family members can recover compensation for wrongful death.
Benefits of Hiring a San Francisco Bicycle Accident Lawyer
Attempting to handle a claim alone can be challenging. However, if you are still trying to figure out what to do or how to handle a claim, hiring a lawyer ensures your case progresses efficiently. The benefits of hiring a lawyer include the following:
- Determining the value of your case
- Investigating your claim using resources to support your case and gather evidence
- Advocating and communicating with all parties
- Identifying and proving the at-fault party’s liability
- Providing you with regular case updates
An attorney from Greenberg Gross will assist you through the process of a personal injury claim while you focus on recovery. In addition, we personalize our services to fit your needs.
How Fast Do I Need to File a Lawsuit?
It is important you act as quickly as possible after your accident to ensure you meet the statute of limitations. In California, CCP § 335.1 states you have two years from the accident date to file a personal injury or wrongful death lawsuit.
However, negotiating a reasonable settlement with the insurance company can be time-consuming. So, contacting our team immediately after the accident allows us to prepare your case and ensures you meet all deadlines.
Can I Afford a Lawyer?
We offer free consultations to determine how we can best serve you. During our conversation, we will listen to you and answer all your questions. In addition, we can discuss all costs and fees upfront. So, don’t let the fear of paying legal fees deter you from seeking representation.
Common Causes of Bicycle Accidents in San Francisco
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), hundreds of thousands of bicyclists sustain injuries in crashes nationwide each year. Unfortunately, sharing the road with vehicle drivers can inevitably lead to traffic accidents.
Drivers can move their cars ever so slightly and not realize the impact it may have on a bicyclist. Unfortunately, negligent drivers can cause crashes and put your safety at risk, easily leading to life-threatening injuries. Thus, our attorneys will investigate how your crash happened and hold all liable parties accountable, looking at these factors:
- If a car and cyclist are waiting at a red light, the driver may turn and cut off the cyclist.
- A car and cyclist approach an intersection from opposite directions, and the driver misjudges the cyclist’s speed.
- A driver makes an unsafe turn or lane change.
- A driver fails to stop at a stop sign or light.
- A motorist driving at an unsafe speed.
- A driver or passenger opens their door on the traffic side.
In addition, should poor road conditions lead to your accident, we could hold a government entity accountable.
What Do I Do After a Bicycle Accident?
Your actions after a bicycle accident are critical to your health and could affect your potential claim. Here are some things to remember after the accident:
- Ensure you file a police report. This report gives you information to identify the at-fault driver and parties involved.
- Make sure the police report includes your statement.
- Obtain any witness contact information.
- Document your injuries.
- Preserve evidence.
- Seek advice from medical and legal professionals.
An attorney from our firm will use this information to prepare your case.
Contact Us Today for Your Free Consultation After a Bicycle Accident
As you heal, sustaining injuries from a bicycle accident and incurring the resulting costs can lead to undue stress. However, an attorney at Greenberg Gross will help fight for your rights. Contact our team today for your free consultation.