California Bicycle Accident Attorney- Injury Lawyer
Given its diverse and expansive landscape of everything from snow-capped Sierra mountains to beautiful lush valleys and rolling hillsides, it’s no wonder bicycle riding in California continues gaining in popularity. With the greater number of bicycles on our roadways comes the unfortunate increasing number of bicycle-related accidents and injuries. In fact, California routinely has the highest number of bicycle-related fatalities of any state in the U.S. accounting for nearly 20% of all deaths. Though California’s safety laws have been effective in reducing the severity of injuries resulting from bicycle accidents, bicycle accidents continue at an increasingly alarming pace.
In 2014, California passed a law requiring drivers to give bicyclists at least three feet of space on our roadways. Here are the specifics of this law:
1. The law applies to any place a vehicle passes a bicyclist, regardless of whether there is a marked bicycle lane.
2. A law enforcement officer must witness the violation in order to issue a fine.
3. Violators face a minimum $35 fine and $220 fine if a collision occurs. Both fines can increase when court fees are added.
4. The exception to this law is if there isn’t enough room for a driver to give three feet of space, it must first slow down before safely passing.
Unfortunately, bicycle laws have done little to reduce the number of bicycle-related accidents and injuries in California. These accidents are quite common and the resulting injuries are often devastating to a victim’s life. These accidents often result in loss of income, emergency care, hospitalization, surgery, and other medical and rehabilitation treatment that can end up costing a small fortune. Our Big League bicycle accident attorney can help guide you through every step of the legal process to pursue the biggest compensation for your injuries when another’s actions are responsible for the accident. Call or use the contact form for a free consultation today!
Common Bicycle Accident Cases
Our bicycle accident attorney is capable of handling any case where a bicyclist is personally injured in an accident caused by a negligent party, even if the bicyclist is partly at fault. Some of the most common personal injury and wrongful death claims arising from bicycle accidents include:
Multiple-party bicycle collisions
Bicycle accidents involving negligent drivers
Bicycle accidents resulting from defective roadways
Bicycle accidents resulting from defective parts or equipment
Bicycle accidents resulting from a failure to yield
Bicycle accidents caused by drunk or otherwise intoxicated drivers
Hire a Big League Bicycle Accident Attorney Today!
The ways in which a safety conscious bicyclist may be involved in an accident resulting in personal injury are near endless. These cases require evidence to prove negligence and liability that often take the form of: video footage from surveillance cameras or dash cams, witness testimony, police reports, reconstruction experts and testimony, among other forms of evidence that must be used to make a case. Insurance companies are often equipped with their own in-house legal counsel to minimize your injuries and reduce their liability for your medical bills.
At Big League Law, our bicycle accident attorney has a passion for helping injured bicyclists recover from their injuries both physical and financial. We take over all communications with the insurance company and their lawyers and aggressively pursue the biggest possible recovery for your injuries. As injuries from a bicycle accident are typically more severe, the damages pursued in these cases are often more extensive. We may be able to seek damages for medical bills, lost wages, loss of earning capacity, emotional distress, disfigurement or disability, loss of enjoyment, or other legally available damages. When you put a Big League lawyer on your team, you and your recovery are our number one priority. Call (949) 414-6630 NOW or fill out our FREE Consultation Form and we’ll contact you when you’re ready.