Bicycle accidents happen for all sorts of reasons, but negligence is almost always a contributing factor. If you or someone close to you was injured while riding a bike, our Los Angeles bicycle accident lawyers can assess your case for free and help you determine the most strategic way to proceed.
Our attorneys have many decades of combined experience and an in-depth understanding of the statutes and case law pertaining to bicycle accident claims. We can help you navigate every step of the proceedings and fight for the full compensation you deserve. Call 1-800-GO-HARRIS to set up a free case review.
Types of Claims Our Los Angeles Bicycle Accident Lawyers Handle:
Each case is unique, so it’s important that you turn to a law firm that has achieved successful outcomes in a wide array of bicycle accident claims.
At Harris Personal Injury Lawyers, we have the resources, knowledge, and strategies to win substantial settlements and verdicts in the following types of cases:
- Distracted Driving Bicycle Accidents: Despite new laws and technologies that are aimed at preventing distracted driving, an alarming number of motorists still text, eat, and daydream while behind the wheel. A moment’s inattention could be all it takes to cause a bicycle crash. Proving negligence in a distracted driving case can be challenging without the help of a skilled bicycle accident lawyer. In addition to compiling the police report and talking to eyewitnesses, our attorneys can try to access surveillance footage, dash cam recordings, and the at-fault driver’s cell phone records.
- DUI Bicycle Accidents: A drunk driver is a deadly hazard for everyone on the road, but bicyclists are at an especially high risk of injury since they have little protection from the force of impact. If you were hurt in a crash that involved a drunk driver, you may be able to recover punitive damages in addition to economic and non-economic damages.
- Unsafe Turn Accidents: Bicycles are smaller than motor vehicles and are therefore more difficult to see, but that fact alone won’t release a driver from liability if he or she makes an unsafe turn and hits a cyclist. Motorists have a duty to check their blind spots before changing lanes and turning. If they breach this duty and a bicyclist is injured or dies as a result, the driver can be held liable for damages.
- Other Bicycle Accidents: There are countless factors that contribute to bicycle accidents. Poor road conditions, traffic violations, and defective automotive or bicycle parts can all cause devastating wrecks. If you or someone you love was involved in a crash that another party caused, we can evaluate your case for free to determine if you have grounds for a claim.
What If I Was Partially Liable for My Bicycle Accident?
Bicycle laws in California are complex. Even if you’re certain that the driver who hit you was negligent, the insurance company might still argue that you were partially at fault. Unfortunately, being found partially responsible for the accident could greatly reduce the amount of compensation you recover, so it’s important that you enlist the help of a personal injury lawyer if you think there’s even a chance that a liability dispute might arise.
Our Los Angeles bicycle accident attorneys will do everything in their power to avoid or overcome such disputes. We will gather evidence, talk to eyewitnesses and, if necessary, bring in an accident reconstruction expert to provide testimony. We can also file subpoenas to obtain cell phone records, surveillance footage, dash-cam recordings, and any other evidence that might be withheld.
Under California’s pure comparative negligence system, the final settlement or verdict in a personal injury case is reduced by the claimant’s percentage of fault. If you were partially liable, our attorneys can take the necessary steps to minimize the percentage of fault assigned to you.
One common reason why a liability dispute might arise is if you weren’t wearing a helmet. Fortunately, there are several potential ways to overcome such a dispute. For example, if you were over the age of 18 at the time of the crash, your attorney can argue that you weren’t violating the law and, therefore, your decision not to wear a helmet wasn’t negligent. Depending on the circumstances, your lawyer may also argue that wearing a helmet wouldn’t have reduced the severity of your injury.
Call 1-800-GO-HARRIS to Discuss Your Claim with a Bicycle Accident Attorney in Los Angeles
The process of recovering fair compensation after a serious injury or wrongful death in the family is rarely straightforward. There are all sorts of complications and disputes that could arise throughout the proceedings. If your financial security is on the line, turn to Harris Personal Injury Lawyers for representation.
Our legal team can help you avoid critical mistakes, and we won’t let the insurance company get away with paying an unfair settlement. Call 1-800-GO-HARRIS or send us a message to set up a free case assessment.