California Bicycle Accidents Attorney
A statistical analysis of the data compiled by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) suggests a 6.4 percent rise from 2011 to 2012 in the number of human lives claimed by bicycle accidents. In 2012, bicycle crashes resulted in 726 fatalities.
In a growing number of bicycle accidents, it is often a negligent or careless automobile driver who is responsible. These accidents can be extremely grave, causing severe lacerations, ligament or tissue damage, bone fractures, head injuries, spinal cord injury, scarring and even wrongful death.
The damages in a claim for a bicycle accident generally include:
- Medical Expenses
- Wage lost
- Rehabilitation Expenses
- Expected future medical expenses
- Loss of life enjoyment
If the victim was fatally injured, his or her survivor(s) may have the right to pursue damages to cover funeral and burial expenses, in addition to other damages. On the other hand, if you have been involved in a bicycle accident triggered by a defective bicycle, or a faulty bicycle part (such as frame, handlebars, bicycle seat post, or fork-steerer tubes), you may be still entitled to compensation; the United States Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) forewarns consumers regarding the same.
Quite often, the insurance company of the driver may challenge your claim. Obtaining experienced and aggressive legal representation is crucial in procuring a settlement in your favor.
At Gabriel & Associates, we have a track record of success with bicycle accident claims. We have the skills and resources to guide you through your case step by step. We provide you solid representation, so you can focus on healing. Call now for a free consultation at (800) 801-7221.