Long Beach Bicycle Accident Attorneys

Riding a bicycle is a high-risk high-reward activity. While there are a number of benefits to cruising on two wheels instead of four, there’s always a chance that you will encounter a drunk, distracted, or careless driver. Our bicycle accident attorneys in Long Beach have seen firsthand the devastation that these crashes can cause, and we are proud to offer aggressive legal advocacy to injured parties and their families.

These cases tend to involve significant medical bills and other damages, but insurance companies have incentive to minimize the amount of compensation they have to pay out. Our lawyers will help you pursue the highest settlement or verdict possible. Call us at 1-800-GO-HARRIS to schedule a free case assessment.

What If I Was Breaking a Traffic Law When the Accident Occurred?

Many bicyclists are not familiar with all the traffic laws they must follow while riding. For instance, did you know that your bike must be equipped with reflectors if you ride at night? And in most cases, you must use a bike lane if one is provided. There are many other cycling laws that are intended to prevent collisions and serious injuries, but many riders—even some of the most experienced ones—choose to ignore or overlook them.

Besides increasing your risk, failing to follow state or local cycling laws might hurt your chances of collecting compensation for 100 percent of the damages you suffer in the event of an accident. Under California’s comparative negligence system, a plaintiff’s financial award in a personal injury case can be reduced by his or her own percentage of fault.

If you were violating a traffic law at the time of the crash, the defense may argue that this violation constituted a breach of the duty of care you owed to other people on the road. This breach of duty is called “negligence.”

Fortunately, even if you were in fact breaking the law, this might not affect your financial recovery if it can be shown that your negligence did not actually contribute to the accident or to the severity of your injuries. Our Long Beach bicycle accident lawyers can perform an investigation to determine what exactly happened in the moments leading up to the collision. If necessary, we can file subpoenas to obtain evidence that is difficult to access—such as surveillance footage or the at-fault driver’s cellphone records—and we can bring in an accident reconstruction expert to assess photos and video footage in order to determine what caused the accident and who is liable.

If it is determined that you shared fault for the accident, we will do everything in our power to minimize the percentage of fault imposed on you. We will bring together the evidence and apply our vast knowledge of the relevant statutes and case law to pursue the best possible outcome.

How Much Time Will It Take to Resolve My Case?

The answer to this question depends on several factors. Under some circumstances, it is a good idea to wait until the injured party has reached maximum medical improvement (MMI) before entering settlement negotiations. That way, your bicycle accident attorney in Long Beach will be in a better position to approximate your medical bills and other losses. If you accept a settlement before reaching MMI and it turns out that your condition is more serious and costly than anticipated, you won’t be able to pursue further compensation from the opposing party.

Even if your attorney initiates the settlement negotiations at the earliest possible point in time—i.e. after performing the investigation, gathering evidence, and approximating a fair settlement amount—there is no guarantee that the at-fault party or the insurance company will cooperate. There are all sorts of reasons why a dispute might arise. For instance, your claim may be challenged if the opposing party:

  • Contends that you were partially at fault even though you were not;
  • Disagrees with the percentage of fault assigned to you, if you were in fact partially at fault;
  • Believes other defendants shared liability for the accident;
  • Believes you are claiming damages that were not incurred or were not caused by the accident;
  • Disagrees with the value of the damages you are claiming; or
  • Believes you have failed to mitigate your damages—i.e. failed to take reasonable steps to minimize the value of your damages.

Dial 1-800-GO-HARRIS to Speak with a Bicycle Accident Lawyer in Long Beach

At Harris Personal Injury Lawyers, we understand how devastating the aftermath of a serious bicycle crash can be—not only for victims but also for their loved ones. This could very well be one of the most difficult chapters in your life. Our legal team will do everything in their power to alleviate the burden and to help you fight for the compensation you need to get your life back. For a free consultation, send us a message or call 1-800-GO-HARRIS.

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