Our attorneys have noted that the number of bicycle accidents increased in recent years in California—confirmed by official statistics provided by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. While no one knows the exact reason why the number of cyclists being injured have increased, it is possible that it simply reflects the increased number of people who have opted for this mode of transport.
Cycling should be a safe and healthy way to get around and enjoy our state. It is economical and very few cyclists can ever be accused of endangering the lives of others. In fact, the vast majority of bicycle accidents are caused when other road users neglect to drive safely in the vicinity of a cyclist.
Shawn Steel Law Firm pursues justice for the victims of accidents throughout California and understand the suffering and trauma felt by any unfortunate person who’s had a bicycle accident that is not their fault.We feel strongly that every successful claim resolved in favor of our clients helps compensate them for injuries they never asked for. It also sends a strong message into the community that negligent and harmful behavior of any type will not be tolerated.
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What are the Principle Causes of Bicycle Accidents?
It is a fact that there area few cyclists who are their own worst enemies and can cause an accident simply because they think they are immune from obeying road rules. However, the vast majority of cyclists are hit by or forced to avoid other road users who drive without due consideration for the bicycle user.
The following are the main causes of bicycle accidents:
- being hit by a motorist passing too close
- being hit by a motorist turning directly in front of the cyclist
- hitting an obstacle after being forced to swerve away from another road user
- being hit by a door opening on the road side while passing a parked vehicle
- hit by a driver who is drunk or affected by drug abuse
- being hit by a vehicle head on that is passing another vehicle in the opposite direction
- an attack by a dog or other animal that is not under control
- falling off the bicycle due to an uneven road surface, especially when forced on to the extreme edge of a road.
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Bicycles are More Vulnerable Than Any Other Road User
The facts speak for themselves. The possibility of being killed outright or seriously injured in a bicycle accident is higher than just about any other type of road user. It’s easy to see why anyonecyclistsare much more exposed and vulnerable to an accident involving a direct hit by a vehicle. There is no protective shell around the cyclist and high visibility clothing, while helps to identify the cyclist to any other road user, provides little to no added protection in the event of a fall. In this regard, cyclists are worse off than a motorcyclist who may be wearing tougher and more protective clothing.
Over the years we have seen the results of horrific bicycle accidents. Our firm is determined and will nothesitate to make a claim for the maximum possible costs of a victim’s injuries against the negligent person.
Accidents can be expensive to the injured victim through no fault of their own. It’s particularly frustrating that so many motorists think they can get away without paying a thing towards an accident victim’s injury costs, while the victim is forced to pay medical bills, possibly for years to come if there are serious head or spinal injuries.
While no personal injury claim can be guaranteed in advance, we have had years of experience fighting these types of claims and will give you an honest opinion on whether your case is likely to succeed if we take it up. We offer a free initial consultation and provide a dedicated and individualized service to all our clients.