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A bike accident can cause serious injuries. A careless driver who hits you could cause thousands of dollars or more in medical bills. The Beliz Law Firm, P.C. can help if this happens to you. Contact us today for a free consultation. We’ll listen to what you have to say and advise you on the best course of action. We do not charge a fee until after we earn a settlement or judgment in your favor. Contact an experienced Long Beach bicycle accident attorney today.
STEPS TO TAKE AFTER A BIKE ACCIDENT
Immediately call and report the bicycle accident to local authorities. If possible, obtain the officer’s name, report number, and police agency. An officer may collect statements from the scene that will later be written in the report. In addition the report will have valuable information including all drivers’ names, owners’ information, addresses, and insurance coverages. Most importantly a report may have the cause of a collision and if there were any violations of vehicle codes.
Promptly seek medical attention for your injuries. Due to the fact a motor vehicle is heavier and faster than a bicycle rider, injuries can be severe to a cyclist. Plus bicyclists may incur two impacts, one from the vehicle and the other from the ground. Common injuries are broken bones, disc bulges, road rash, and head trauma. After a bicycle accident, many injuries, even serious ones, are not readily apparent.
Get the other driver’s auto insurance information by using The Beliz Law Firm, P.C.’s Accident Fill-out Form. Important to get the driver’s name, address, phone number, and insurance information including policy number.
Notify your auto insurance company. Uninsured or underinsured motorist coverage may be available if the driver does not have insurance or has low insurance.
With a camera or cell phone, photograph any property damage to your bicycle as well as to the other vehicle(s) involved in the accident. Additionally, take pictures of the accident scene, car debris, tire skid marks, traffic lights/signals, etc. Finally, take photos of any visible injuries like scarring, bruises, and cuts.
Don’t speak! Any information given to the other party or to their auto insurance company may be detrimental to your personal injury claim.
Contact a reputable and experienced Long Beach bicycle accident lawyer.
Cycling In Long Beach
Bicycling is great for exercise, transportation, or just enjoying a great day. Long Beach has many fantastic bike routes and is a great city to see by bicycle. However, as the push for a more cycling-friendly city continues, bike accidents are becoming more common.
Over the last decade, the number of bike accidents have increased substantially in Long Beach. Bike accidents are often serious because of the massive size difference between cars and bikes. According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), automobile traffic accidents kill over 600 bicyclists each year in the United States. Unfortunately, Los Angeles County has the highest number of bicycle accidents in the state in recent years.
Common Causes of Long Beach Bike Accidents
If motorists and cyclists followed all the rules of the road, it could reduce a large percentage of accidents. Bicycles are not easy to spot, which is why motorists must always take extra care when driving in areas where a bicyclist might be present. It’s important for motorists to familiarize themselves with bicycle laws to better understand a rider’s rights and obligations.
Numerous factors can contribute to bicycle accidents. Some of the most common causes include:
- Distracted driving—When a driver is distracted by their phone, GPS, passengers, radio, etc., they can take their eyes off the road for a split second, which could result in hitting a bicyclist.
- Reduced visibility—Bicycles are not always easy to spot, which can become even more problematic at night or in adverse weather conditions.
- Failure to yield—Motorists often fail to yield to a bicyclist when they are supposed to, which can have catastrophic results.
- Not leaving enough space—When a driver doesn’t leave adequate space between them and a bicyclist, they can cause an accident.
- Speeding—Motorists who are speeding are less likely to be able to stop in time should they spot a bicyclist at the last second.
- Driver fatigue—Driving when you are fatigued or falling asleep at the wheel can have deadly consequences for other motorists, bicyclists, and pedestrians.
- Driving under the influence—Even one drink can impair your reaction time, and result in your inability to see a bicyclist until it’s too late.
Not all accidents are entirely the fault of a motor vehicle operator, either. Bicyclists can also contribute to their own injuries or have liability in an accident for failure to follow the law. People 18 and over are not legally required to wear a helmet in California when riding a bicycle. However, that doesn’t mean the defendant’s insurance company won’t try to argue that you should receive less compensation for being unsafe. That’s why it’s important to hire an experienced bike accident law firm who understands how these claims work.
ELIGIBLE COMPENSATION FOR BIKE ACCIDENTS
Potential compensation in a bicycle accident depends on the specifics of your case, such as the severity of your injuries and liability. If you are involved in a Long Beach bicycle accident, you may be entitled to the following compensation:
- Medical expenses for injuries suffered;
- Future medical bills;
- Loss of earnings and loss of future earning capacity;
- Property damage;
- Pain and suffering; and
- Emotional distress.
In limited scenarios, you could also be entitled to receive punitive damages. Courts reserve punitive damage awards for certain cases, usually involving intentional and egregious misconduct like malice, fraud, or a wanton disregard for the safety of others. For example, a motorist who intentionally hit you or was driving under the influence of alcohol might entitle you to a punitive damages award.
Calculating damages in a bicycle accident claim can be complicated. That is one of the many reasons you should consider hiring an experienced Long Beach bicycle accident lawyer. When you have a skilled bicycle accident law firm—such as The Beliz Law Firm, P.C.—representing you, you can relax knowing we will work tirelessly to build the strongest case possible. We will open an independent investigation and gather all relevant evidence that supports your claim for damages.
Contact The Beliz Law Firm, P.C.
If you are pursuing a claim for damages in relation to a Long Beach bicycle accident, you don’t have to do it alone. An experienced Long Beach bicycle accident attorney at The Beliz Law Firm, P.C. is ready to help. For a free case review, reach out to Michael Beliz today.
Mr. Beliz has over 15 years of experience representing injured victims in Southern California. He has handled thousands of cases in all types of personal injury matters, including bicycle accidents. Contact our office today to schedule an initial consultation. Let us help protect your rights and fight for the maximum compensation possible.
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