Oakland Bicycle Accident Lawyers
If you were injured or you lost a loved one in a bicycle accident, you may be entitled to compensation. Whether not there is insurance coverage for the incident and the insurer will be willing to settle for a fair amount are two issues that stand in the way. Following a bike crash, it is best to work with an experienced bicycle accident lawyer in Oakland. One of our highly experienced attorneys at Harris Personal Injury Lawyers will thoroughly investigate the situation and guide you through the insurance claim and litigation process.
At Harris Personal Injury Lawyers, we are proud of our track record of success. We have helped over 5,000 accident victims and surviving family members obtain over $300 million in settlements and court rulings. We want to help you obtain the compensation you need to move forward in life.
Call us today at 1-800-GO-HARRIS or request a free consultation through our online form.
What Type of Bicycle Accident Were You In?
Do not hesitate to call us if you believe another person, business, or municipality was responsible for the accident and your injuries or loss. We are here to investigate, confirm what happened, and identify the liable party if you are unsure of what happened and why. Once we have all of the facts, we can pursue just compensation for your injuries.
At Harris Personal Injury Lawyers, we handle all types of Oakland bicycle accidents, including:
- Vehicle-Bicycle Collisions
- Bicycle-Pedestrian Accidents
- Multiple Bicycles Crashes
- Single Bicycle Accidents
One of the Most Common Causes of Bicycle Accidents is Driver Negligence
As a cyclist, you can find yourself in all sorts of situations. You may get into an accident and become injured because of defective roads and bike paths. You may be struck by another cyclist, skateboarder, or runner, causing you to fall from your bike and get hurt. Anything can happen, but what usually happens, is that a negligent driver strikes a cyclist or runs one off the road.
Our Oakland bicycle accident attorneys often represent injured cyclists who were injured in:
- Drunk driving accidents
- Distracted driving accidents
- Drowsy driving accidents
- Speed-related accidents
- Blindspot accidents
- Negligent lane change and merging accidents
- Open car door accidents
- Unprotected left turn accidents
- Right turn accidents
Pursuing Bike Accident Compensation
After being injured in a bicycle accident that was another person’s fault, you may have the right to obtain compensation. If you can establish that the other party’s carelessness, recklessness, or intentional misconduct during an insurance claim or lawsuit, then you can demand compensation for your injuries.
Our veteran bicycle accident lawyers in Oakland will fight hard for you to receive fair compensation for your:
- Lost Income
- Medical Bills
- Other Injury-Related Expenses
- Damaged Bicycle
- Pain and Suffering
- Emotional Distress
- Reduced Earning Potential
- Reduced Quality of Life
- Loss of Consortium
Let an Experienced Oakland Bike Accident Lawyer Help You
After a bike accident, your first instinct may be to go to your insurer or the at-fault driver’s insurer. This instinct is not wrong, but you need to be careful about dealing with an insurance company yourself. Insurance adjusters can be tricky, and they are often looking for reasons to deny a claim or limit how much they need to payout. To prevent the insurer from using your own words against you, it is best to speak with an Oakland bicycle accident attorney first.
By hiring an attorney right away, you have someone to gather evidence regarding the accident. We will gather any available photos, videos, eyewitness accounts, and accident reports. If your case is nuanced or complex, we may hire an expert witness to review the evidence and provide an expert opinion regarding what happened and who is at fault.
We will calculate the value of your damages. This step is critical. You need to add up your economic damages, including your property damage, lost wages, and medical expenses. This is just the beginning of what the at-fault party owes you.
Then, we will determine an appropriate value for your non-economic injuries, such as your pain and suffering, emotional distress, and reduced quality of life. In many cases, pain and suffering is a significant portion of the recovery. We can establish your non-economic damages through your medical records, expert testimony, your own testimony, a day in the life video or diary, and your friends’ and relatives’ testimony.
Our Oakland bicycle accident lawyers will handle the insurance claim process for you as well as the litigation process. It is often necessary or advantageous to file a lawsuit. It gives us the opportunity to gather more information from the other party and show the insurer we are serious about your claim.
If the insurer approves your claim and makes an offer, we will enter into negotiations and pursue full and fair compensation for your injuries.