Ventura, CA Bicycle Accidents Lawyer
Riding a bicycle, especially in Ventura where the weather is nearly always good, is one of the most pleasant activities there is. Riding a bike can also be a healthy way to get some exercise, as well as an effective means of commuting. But riding a bicycle is hardly a risk-free activity, especially when levels of traffic are high. To be sure, data published by the University of California Berkeley shows that between 2014 and 2018, there were 1,143 reported bicyclist collisions in Ventura County, making it one of the most dangerous places in the state to ride a bike.
At the law offices of Fisher & Talwar, we are committed to policies and actions that lead to safer roads for cyclists and pedestrians. What’s more, we want to make sure that negligent drivers are held liable for the harm that they cause. If you have been injured in a cycling accident, our Ventura, California bicycle accidents lawyers want to help you recover the compensation award you deserve. Please call our law firm today to learn more about how we can help.
How Bicycle Accidents Happen
Understanding why bicycle accidents happen is important for two reasons: first, knowing what needs to change in order to prevent bicycle accidents and, second, knowing who to hold liable for damages when a bicycle accident occurs.
Bicycle accidents are usually the result of the cyclist’s or the driver’s negligence. A cyclist may contribute to a crash by failing to follow the rules of riding on the road, performing an illegal maneuver, or riding while distracted or impaired.
Drivers are often guilty of causing crashes, and do so when they fail to exercise the degree of care that is required. Examples of drivers’ actions that can lead to cyclist injury include driving while distracted, driving while drunk, following too closely, failing to provide a cyclist an adequate amount of room when passing, failing to check blind spots, making a right-hand turn into the path of a cyclist who’s traveling straight through an intersection, and driving aggressively.
In some cases, other factors may cause or contribute to a cycling accident, such as a broken traffic light, a road defect, or a defective vehicle or bike part.
Bicycle Accidents Lead To Tragic Injuries
When a bicycle accident occurs, it is almost always the cyclist who is most severely injured. Cyclists have few no protections to prevent injuries, unlike motorists who have the frames of their vehicles, seatbelts, airbags, and the like. In some cases, a cyclist may not even be helmeted. As such, if a cyclist is hit with force, they may suffer injuries such as:
- Traumatic brain injuries, which can cause permanent cognitive disabilities;
- Soft tissues injuries;
- Bone fracture injuries;
- Severe road rash/burn injuries;
- Scarring and disfigurement;
- Spinal cord injury, which may lead to permanent paralysis;
- Internal injuries; and
- Psychological injuries.
These injuries cause pain, suffering, and, often, emotional distress. In addition, they are expensive, resulting in high medical bills and lost wages.
Liability For A Bicycle Accident
Determining liability for a bicycle accident is important; a cyclist can only recover compensation for the harm they’ve suffered if they know who’s responsible for the crash and can prove that party’s fault. When you hire the law office of Fisher & Talwar after your crash, the first thing that we’ll do is open an investigation into your crash in order to determine what happened, who’s to blame, and against whom to file a claim.
If you were hit by a negligent driver, you can bring forth a claim for damages against the driver’s liability insurance party, or you can file a lawsuit against the driver themselves. We will gather evidence to help you prove that the driver breached their duty of care owed to you, that the breach of the duty of care was the direct cause of your accident, and that you’ve suffered damages as a result.
Our lawyers will also be responsible for hiring any experts necessary to build your claim or prove fault, as well as calculating your damages and negotiating your settlement.
Call Our Ventura, CA Bicycle Accidents Lawyer Today
If you have been injured in a bicycle accident, our Ventura, CA bicycle accidents attorney wants to support you. We understand the degree of damages you’ve suffered and how much your future has been impacted. We will aggressively advocate for your right to compensation after a bicycle accident. Please call our law firm today or send us a message telling us more about your crash and your injuries. We offer free consultations and always work on a contingent-fee basis.