Bicycle Accidents FAQs

Frequently Asked Questions About Bike Crashes in Newport Beach

No cyclist imagines that they’re going to get in a crash, but 700 cyclists perish yearly due to negligent motorists. Bike accidents are injurious and expensive, and you should never go through the compensation battle alone.

Our bike accident lawyers in Newport Beach will answer your most frequently asked questions regarding bike accidents in this article.

Do I Need to go to the Hospital if I’m Hit by a Car?

Yes! If a motorist runs into you on the roadway, you should always get evaluated by a medical professional, sometimes more than once. This is important because getting hit by a car involves a lot of force, and it’s possible that you have latent injuries, like brain damage or internal bleeding, that aren’t noticeable right away.

Can I Get Paid if I Crash My Bike Because of a Child?

Parents can be held liable for bike crashes caused by their child swerving in front of you or crashing into you. If you or someone you know was injured in a bike accident and need to sue the child’s parents, contact our injury attorneys.

What Should I Do When a Vehicle Hits Me and Speeds Off?

If you are the victim of a hit and run, you should call 911 so that emergency services can come to the scene. The police officers that arrive may be able to use their resources to identify the driver that hit you. If so, they will be facing a lot more than a lawsuit for compensation for your medical bills.

If the driver cannot be named or located, you can still get compensation if you have uninsured motorist insurance as part of your policy. This should extend to bike accidents.

Can I Sue the City If I Crash My Bike Because of Bad Road Conditions?

It’s possible to sue the city of Los Angeles if your bike was damaged due to poor road conditions, such as potholes and cracks in the pavement. In order to do this, you need to prove “notice,” which means that the city was informed that there was a road hazard. If there was a large pothole, it’s likely citizens were calling and complaining. You also must show how your damages are the result of the road hazard and not your own actions.

Is the Vehicle Driver Always at Fault in a Bicycle Accident?

Since cyclists who are involved in collisions with cars are the ones who are more injured, people think that the driver is at fault. That’s incorrect, as cyclists can be liable for accidents that their recklessness and carelessness caused.

When examining compensation for an accident, the actions of both parties will be examined. It’s common for cyclists to believe that they always have the right of way, but flying through a red light or stop sign can end up in you compensating the other person for their damages.

How Will Wearing a Helmet Affect My California Bike Accident Claim?

California will examine the negligence of both parties, so you want to show the courts that you care about safety as much as possible. One of the best ways to show that you are a responsible person on the road is by wearing a helmet. Not only will a helmet protect you in the event of a crash, but it will also protect you against negligence claims, as the other party’s personal injury attorney in Newport Beach will do everything possible to hold you liable.

How Can I Afford an Injury Attorney on Top of My Medical Bills?

We keep our client’s financial stability top of mind while we handle your case. You are likely overwhelmed with all the expenses that go into recovering from a bike accident. Our Newport Beach injury attorneys understand this, which is why we are paid on a contingency fee basis. If we don’t win your case, you don’t have to pay us! We will take our pay out of the total settlement so that you don’t pay a penny out of pocket. We also offer free consultations.

About Accident Lawyers Firm

Accident Lawyers Firm is a Newport Beach-based law firm that wins our clients maximum compensation for their personal injury lawsuits. Our attorneys work tirelessly to add up your bodily damages, emotional damages, property damages, and overall pain and suffering that the negligent party should pay for. We also tap into our network of accident and health experts to gather thorough research and evidence to make your case for compensation as strong as possible. Contact us if you were injured in a:

  • Car accident
  • Motorcycle accident
  • Bike accident
  • Rideshare accident
  • Dog attack
  • Construction accident

You don’t need additional stress while you recover from your injuries, so leave the legal battle up to us. With our extensive connections and hard-working lawyers, you can focus on recovering physically, mentally, and emotionally. To set up a free consultation, call us at 949-203-5780 or email us at intake@accidentlawyersfirm.com.

Hazardous Road Conditions

In this scenario, Aaron is riding his bicycle in a bike lane along the highway. As he goes around a curve in the roadway, he comes up fast on a construction site. There is still loose gravel leftover on the bike lane from the construction work. The construction workers didn’t take the time to properly clean up after their work for the day. Aaron ends up sliding sideways as his bike comes out from underneath him due to the gravel that was left in the bike lane.

In this scenario, Aaron is able to file a state tort claim against the roadway construction crew for the injuries that he sustained. The failure of the construction company to properly clean up the bike lane after quitting their work for the day is considered neglect on their part. Aaron’s Newport Beach bike accident injury lawyer will likely work to get him a fair settlement from the government for his injuries from the accident.

Defective Bicycle Equipment

A personal injury lawyer can help you receive compensation from a manufacturer of bicycle equipment if the equipment is found to be defective by the user. In this scenario, Christy buys a new bike from a local bicycle dealer. About a month prior to her purchase of the bicycle, the dealer received a recall from the manufacturer about the possible failure of the front brake cables. The manufacturer even sent the dealership replacement cables to be installed.

The dealer was aware of the notice but didn’t act to replace the defect front brake cables. When Christy takes her new bike out for a ride, she finds that the front brakes fail. This causes here to crash into a telephone pool and sustains serious injuries. Christy can sue her local bicycle dealer for selling her a defective bike. She may even be able to sue the manufacturer for strict product liability.

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