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As a city with great weather and pathways dedicated to bicyclists, San Diego finds itself home to many individuals and families that take to the streets on bicycles. Whether for sport, transportation, or just plain fun, biking is common in our area. While this is a plus for exercise and inexpensive transportation, biking can be dangerous. Bicyclists are sharing the roadways with drivers encased in steel structures who can easily miss you in a blind sport or engage in other negligent, reckless, or careless behavior. Those behaviors can lead to serious accidents in which you will suffer the most damage.
At YD Injury Law, we know how dangerous and damaging a bicycle accident can be for the bicyclist and his or her family. We handle serious accidents all day every day as we pursue claims and lawsuits on behalf of our clients. We also provide much-needed assistance in dealing with medical care, property damage, and other consequences our clients face. If you or someone you know has been injured in a bicycle accident anywhere in the greater San Diego area, you may be eligible to receive monetary compensation. You can trust in our dedicated level of client care and passion to see justice being served. With more than $45 million recovered in the past, we stand tall as injury attorneys who know how to get the job done.
Bicycle Accident Information
According to sources such as the Pedestrian and Bicycle Information Center and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), the number of bicycle accidents in the United States is significant. Tens of thousands of people suffer severe injuries and death in bicycle accidents each year. The Pedestrian and Bicycle Information Center has reported that 2018 saw 857 individuals killed in bicycle crashes with cars and other vehicles. Most of these deaths occurred in urban areas like San Diego with more men than women as victims.
Bicycle accidents occur for a number of avoidable reasons. These can include:
- Carelessness. Drivers often fail to watch out for the bicyclist on the road. Narrow bicycling lanes can play a part in the dangers for bicyclists, sometimes forcing them to travel in close proximity to surrounding vehicles.
- Distracted driving where motorists’ attention is off the road and on cell phones, other devices, eating, drinking, grooming, and more.
- Alcohol. The NHTSA has reported that 37 percent of the crashes that cause bicyclist fatalities in 2017 involved alcohol either on the part of the motorist or the bicyclist.
- Speeding. When motorists speed, it increases the time needed to come to a full stop. It also decreases the amount of time they have to make critical decisions. Accidents occurring at high speeds for bicyclists can result in severe injuries or death. Even the low speeds of a vehicle can seriously injure a bicyclist.
- Following too closely. When drivers drive too close to bicyclists, they create hazardous conditions. These are situations where the likelihood of an accident is raised significantly, leaving both parties with few options for avoiding a crash.
- Running stops signs or red lights. This behavior in intersections increases the risks for bicyclists especially when drivers fail to look for them.
- Unsafe lane changes. This can occur when motorists merge into bicycle lanes without paying attention to see that the way is clear.
- Driver fatigue. Drivers who are fatigued have less attention to give to the task of driving. This is similar to impaired driving (alcohol-related) and can significantly raise the chances for failing to see a bicyclist or not reacting in time to avoid colliding with one.
- Bicycle defects. In some rare instances, defects can cause malfunctions resulting in loss of control and subsequent injury. Defects in bicycle chains, spokes, frames, and pedals can be the culprits in such cases.
Types of accident scenarios that can occur involving bicyclists include left-hand turn collisions where a motorist turns left into the path of a bicyclist, intersection collisions, sideswipes when a motorist passes a bicyclist too closely, and dooring where a motorist parks and opens his door onto the path of an oncoming bicyclist. Other accidents can occur due to unsafe or defective roads and roadway conditions where the negligent party may be a governmental agency responsible for these.
How Can YD Injury Law Help You After a Bicycle Accident?
California personal injury laws state you can receive compensatory damages even if you are partially at fault for the accident. In such a case, monies awarded to you would be reduced by the percentage of your fault in the incident. You may be eligible to receive compensation for your medical expenses, out-of-pocket expenses, and bicycle damage. You may also be able to receive funds for your pain and suffering.
Our San Diego bicycle accident attorneys can help you seek compensation described above as well as necessary medical treatment for any injuries you sustain in the accident. It is crucial to remember that, in most cases, an insurance company will be involved in your claim. These companies are well-known for their tactics used to deny or delay claims as well as work to get you to settle for much less than what is fair and just.
Our firm is here to fight these tactics, to aggressively negotiate on your behalf for a fair settlement, or to take the other party to court. Led by our founder Yasmine Djawadian, our firm is aggressive, dedicated, and trustworthy and will fight relentlessly to see justice done.
What Constitutes Neglect in a Bicycle Accident?
Injuries that can occur in bicycle accidents can include concussions and other trauma to the brain, such as contusions, the tearing of brain tissue, internal bleeding in the brain, and objects penetrating the skull into the brain. Other serious injuries can include broken bones, internal injuries, loss of limbs, neck, back, and spinal cord damage, and more. The most serious are catastrophic injuries in which the bicyclist will be permanently affected for life; these often include various types of paralysis.
Negligence occurs in any accident when a person fails to look out for another person’s best interests. Negligence can occur when an individual does something that causes harm to another. An example of a negligent act that can cause a bicycle accident is drinking and driving as well as speeding. In both cases, the driver fails to show a duty of care that should be shown to others as a licensed driver in the state.
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