Bikes are an environmentally friendly and economical way to get around town, but bike riders are also at risk for wrecks, the most fatal of which are due to accidents with cars. Because of the exposed nature of bike riders, they also are susceptible to sustaining serious injuries in the event of a crash. It’s common that cyclists have to file personal injury claims when they are in a crash, and in worse cases, their families have to file wrongful death claims.
Bicycle-related deaths surge during the summer between June and September, and researchers estimate that this is because the warmer weather makes cyclists eager to ride. Men account for 88% of bike accident deaths, which makes them seven times more likely than women to die as a result of an accident.
Because of the severity of bike crashes, attorneys urge cyclists to take basic safety measures, such as:
Many cyclists believe that they can contact a bicycle accident lawyer in Long Beach any time they’re involved in a crash and get immediate compensation. This misconception is due to the fact that cyclists think they always have the right of way and that since they are the party with more injuries than the motorist, they deserve compensation.
However, liability can also be placed on bike riders, especially in states like California with shared fault laws. For example, if you blew through a stop sign and were hit as a result, you will be liable for part of the damages.
The damages you can sue for in a bike accident can be both economic and non-economic. Economic damages can be easily quantified, such as bodily injuries and property damage. Your medical bills serve as a number for how hurt you were. If your bike was destroyed in the crash, you can present a listing price for the same model of your bike to serve as your cost of property damage. Non-economic damages are harder to quantify. These include emotional damages and pain and suffering. While you may have therapy bills to show that you were psychologically impacted from the accident, they may not show the true mental damage.
Damages can be difficult to quantify, which is why it’s crucial to hire an experienced and skilled injury attorney in Long Beach. The attorneys of Accident Lawyers Firm can handle your claim for financial compensation so that you can focus on recovering from your injuries. Call us for a free consultation!