Were you or a loved one hurt in a bike accident? If a motorist or someone else was at fault, we recommend contacting our Santa Monica bicycle accident lawyers to talk about your rights and legal options.
At Harris Personal Injury Lawyers, we often represent bicycle accident victims in personal injury claims and surviving family members in wrongful death claims. We are highly knowledgeable and experienced in recovering the compensation you and your family deserve under the law. We are proud to helped more than 5,000 clients obtain more than $300 million in settlements and court rulings.
We Handle All Types of Bicycle Accidents in Santa Monica
At Harris Personal Injury Lawyers, we are here to help if you or a relative are involved in a:
- Vehicle-Bicycle Crash
- Bicycle-Pedestrian Collision
- Multiple Bicycles Accident
- Single Bicycle Crashes
No matter what type of accident you were involved in or that led to your relative’s death, we are here to help. When another person’ carelessness, recklessness, or intentional misconduct is responsible for your injuries or loss, we can represent you in pursuing full and fair compensation.
Driver Negligence is a Leading Cause of Bicycle Accidents
Bicycle accidents happen for all types of reasons. However, one of the most common is a motorist’s carelessness or recklessness while behind the wheel.
Our Santa Monica bicycle accident attorneys can represent you if you were injured or lost a loved one in a bicycle crash caused by:
- Distracted driving
- Drowsy driving
- Impaired driving due to drugs or alcohol
- Poor road conditions due to defects in the road, bad weather, and traffic
- Failure to yield the right of way
- Failure to check blind spots
- Opening a car door in a cyclist’s path
How Our Santa Monica Bicycle Accident Lawyers Can Help You
You may not know what happened to cause the vehicle-bike crash. This is an important reason to call Harris Personal Injury Lawyers. We will immediately investigate the accident by gathering all available evidence, including any police or accident reports, photos, video footage of the accident, eyewitness reports, and physical evidence, such as your damaged bike.
By analyzing all of the available evidence, we can identify what caused the crash and the at-fault party. This also enables us to identify the liable party, which may be the person who directly caused the crash or that person’s employer.
Once we are confident in who is liable for your injuries, we will pursue compensation through an insurance claim or a personal injury or wrongful death lawsuit.
We are highly experienced in dealing with insurers. When we represent you, we will handle communications with the insurance company, including responding to phone calls and letters. We also provide the necessary documentation to prove the insurer’s policyholder is responsible and to establish your injuries.
Once the insurer approves your claim, the next step involves us negotiating for an appropriate settlement. Many insurers offer a low settlement at first. We will warn you when your claim is worth more than the initial offer, and we will never push you to accept a low-ball offer. Instead, we recommend beginning settlement negotiations and fighting for the maximum compensation possible.
In some circumstances, a settlement is not available. The at-fault party may not have insurance, the insurer may deny your claim, or the insurer may refuse to negotiate an appropriate settlement. In these cases, we are not afraid to take your claim to court.
We believe in being trial ready. When it is necessary, we will present your case before a judge or jury and demand you receive the maximum compensation possible.
Bicycle Accident Compensation
When you are injured in a bike crash that is another person’s fault, we are here to help you obtain compensation for your:
- Lost Income
- Medical Expenses
- Other Injury-Related Expenses
- Property Damage
- Pain and Suffering
- Emotional Distress
- Reduced Earning Potential
- Loss of Quality of Life
- Loss of Consortium
In some circumstances, we also may be able to pursue punitive damages. These are not intended to compensate you for an injury. Instead, punitive damages are meant to punish the wrongdoer. However, they are not available in cases of ordinary negligence. We must be able to prove the other party is guilty of gross negligence or malicious conduct.
Hurt in a Bike Accident? Call 1-800-GO-HARRIS Today
When someone else’s actions cause you to get hurt while riding a bike, we recommend you talk with a Santa Monica bicycle accident attorney as soon as possible. You deserve to know your rights and legal options and, when appropriate, to have an experienced lawyer guide you through the insurance claim and litigation processes.
We do not charge any up front or hourly fees. If you choose us to represent you, we will take your case on a contingency fee basis. You will not owe us any fees until we win your case.