Compassionate Counsel after a Bike Accident
Bicycle Accident Lawyers Orange County
Throughout Orange County and Riverside County, California more and more people are choosing to ride bicycles because they offer a healthy, inexpensive, and environmentally friendly alternative to driving a car or taking public transportation. Unfortunately, riding a bicycle while sharing the roadways with motor vehicles can be dangerous, as bicycle accident injuries occur at an alarming rate: according to National Highway Traffic Safety Administration statistics, over 40,000 Americans are injured and over 700 people lose their lives in bicycle accidents each year. At The Robert Law Firm’s Santa Ana and Orange County-area office, our bicycle accident lawyers represent victims and ensure that they receive the fair compensation they need so they can focus on recovery. Contact our experienced injury attorneys if you have been the victim of a bike accident in the Fullerton, Anaheim, Newport Beach, Irvine or Riverside, CA areas.
Common Bicycle Accident Injuries
When accidents involving bicycles and automobiles occur, bicyclists are extremely vulnerable to serious personal injury, even if they are wearing helmets. No matter how fast a motor vehicle is traveling at the time of impact, bicycle accidents can cause a variety of injuries. Some of the most common injuries resulting from bicycle accidents include:
Victims of bicycle accidents must establish that their injuries are the result of the driver’s negligence in order to be eligible for compensation for their losses and expenses. In order to accomplish this, if you are injured in a bicycle accident, you should obtain the names and numbers of all parties involved in the accident as well as any witnesses, file a police report, and contact The Robert Law Firm’s Santa Ana and Orange County-area bicycle accident lawyers as soon as possible.
Causes of Bicycle Accidents
Driver negligence is one of the top causes of bicycle accidents involving motor vehicles. Because bicycles offer relatively little protection, motor vehicle operators have an obligation to share the road responsibly. When a driver fails to live up to that responsibility and acts negligently, bicycle accidents and serious injuries can easily occur. Common examples of driver negligence include:
- Driving while impaired by alcohol, drugs or prescription medications
- Turning directly in front of a bicyclist
- Failing to yield the right of way at an intersection
- Running a red light or stop sign
- Speeding or reckless driving
Victims of bicycle accidents that are the result of a driver’s negligence or wrongdoing may be entitled to damages, including compensation for past and future medical expenses, loss of income, and pain and suffering. In addition, victims of bicycle accidents may be entitled to punitive damages if the driver’s conduct is deemed to be excessively negligent.
Contact A Riverside County Injury Law Firm
If you or a loved one has been injured in a bicycle accident as the result of another person’s negligent or wrongful act, contact The Roberts Law Firm in Newport Beach today. Our Riverside, Santa Ana and Orange County-area bicycle accident lawyers can help you recover damages for your injuries and answer any questions you might have.