San Diego Area Bicycle Accidents
Many Californians enjoy bicycling for fitness, fun, and even commuting to work. Bicycling is a great aerobic activity and a way to reduce your carbon footprint. As more bicyclists hit the road, deaths and injuries from crashes involving bicycles and cars are always a danger. A bicycle accident may occur when a car or truck tries to pass too closely, forces bike off the road, when a motor vehicle hits a bike when driving into a dedicated bike lane, turns into the path of an oncoming bicycle, or ignores a cyclist’s right-of-way.
Distracted, impaired, speeding, or impatient drivers clearly pose a serious risk to Southern California cyclists. Sometimes accidents occur because drivers don’t understand that the law requires them to share the road safely with bicycles. Too many drivers resent having to slow down to accommodate cyclists and have the attitude that only motorized vehicles belong on the road.
Bike Injuries Are Serious
Because a bicycle rider has very little protection, being hit by a car or truck often results in catastrophic injuries. About 75% of bike rider fatalities are caused by head injuries. Brain trauma and spinal cord injuries can permanently change the lives of accident survivors. Other serious injuries include broken bones, internal injuries, facial injuries, and scarring.
Lawyer for Your Southern California Bicycle Accident Case
If you have been injured by a car or truck while riding your bike, you may be entitled to recover damages from the driver of the vehicle that hit you. The best way to learn about your options after a bike accident is to consult a Southern California personal injury attorney who handles bicycle injury cases. Bike accident cases can be difficult, especially when they involve very debilitating permanent injuries. Remember that it is never a good idea to attempt to negotiate a settlement without professional legal assistance.
Why You Need a Bike Accident Lawyer
You may be considering negotiating a settlement with the driver’s insurance adjuster, but in most cases this is a mistake. Very few cyclists know the true value of their injury case, and insurance companies take advantage of this and try to settle for much less than the case is worth. They look for any reason to deny or diminish a claim. An experienced California bike accident attorney, on the other hand, deals with bicycle injury and wrongful death claims regularly and knows what constitutes fair compensation.
Unfortunately, insurance companies are not concerned with your needs, but instead are looking for any ways to save money. Don’t discuss your accident with an insurance adjuster. Never allow the adjuster to record a statement from you without your lawyer’s approval, and don’t sign anything unless instructed to do so by your lawyer. Don’t risk getting less than you need or deserve. Your lawyer’s job is to look out for your best interests. Protect your rights by referring the insurance company’s representative to your attorney.
Free Bicycle Accident Consultation
In the San Diego area, the Singleton Law Firm is an excellent choice when you’ve suffered serious biking injuries or lost a family member in a fatal bike crash. Gerald Singleton and his associates have experience handling bicycle and other accident injury cases. We know the law, we know the tactics insurance companies use to deny bicycle accident claims, and we know how to overcome them to win you the compensation you deserve. Our experience and legal knowledge combined with our passion for justice give you the best shot at a settlement or jury award that will cover your medical expenses, lost earnings, other out-of-pocket costs, and non-economic losses related to your disability: pain, psychological damage, and loss of ability to enjoy life due to your injuries.
Justice for the Injured
Justice should be available to everyone, regardless of financial status. If your accident was caused by a driver’s negligence, the Singleton Law Firm will take your bike accident case on a contingency fee retainer. You pay us nothing unless we win money for you. We offer a free, no-obligation case consultation so call to schedule your appointment to speak with one of our attorneys today.