Were you hit by a car while on a bike ride? If so, you may be entitled to financial compensation for your injuries.
If you are hit by a car, you should count yourself lucky, as NHTSA states almost 850 cyclists died after colliding with a vehicle in 219. This is mostly due to the disparity in mass between a heavy, metal vehicle and a biker’s unprotected body. The force is enough to cause broken bones, head injuries, spinal cord injuries, and internal bleeding.
No one knows why, but while bike accidents with cars are decreasing, the number of fatal bike collisions is increasing. If your loved one has died following getting hit by a car on their bike, then you can file a wrongful death claim on their behalf. If you yourself were injured while riding your bike, then you can file a personal injury claim with an injury attorney in Anaheim.
The Driver that hit you was negligent, meaning they failed to demonstrate the reasonable amount of care that a normal person would in those circumstances. Most people drive the speed limit and look out for bikers, but the driver that hit you didn’t. Their negligence will be the focus of your lawsuit.
Many assume that because cyclists are the most injured party, it’s the driver’s fault that they were injured, but cyclists can be negligent too. Many cyclists think they always have the right of way, and therefore, disobey traffic signals. It’s also easy to assume that cars see you when you are crossing the street on your bike or making a left turn.
California follows the doctrine of “contributory negligence,” meaning that each party pays a percentage of damages that directly reflects the percentage of fault that they hold for the accident. For example, a biker who is 20% at fault for an accident has to pay 20% of the damages.
You may be battling a moral dilemma about reporting your claim. On one hand, you understand the driver made a mistake, but on the other hand, you now have medical bills to pay for. What many accident victims don’t understand is that your injuries can have lasting effects, whether it’s physical or emotional. This is why accident injury claims exist – to compensate victims for the way their lives have changed.
The statute of limitations in personal injury cases is usually two years. You need to meet with a lawyer and file a claim before the two year anniversary of your accident, or else your lawsuit is void.
Bike accident attorneys in Anaheim are experts at calculating your damages and fighting for their compensation. During your free consultation at Accident Lawyers Firm, your attorney will listen to your recollection of the accidents and determine how strong your case for compensation is.
Don’t let the driver get away with their foolishness. Contact our attorneys!