Los Angeles Bicycle Accident Lawyers
Contact a Los Angeles bicycle accident attorney for a free consultation. Find out if you are entitled to injury compensation. Victims of Los Angeles bicycle accidents and their families can seek financial compensation for their losses by filing a personal injury claim against the at-fault party. Every accident is different and many serious injury accidents potentially have multiple liable parties. A skilled Los Angeles personal injury attorney will stay abreast of the official investigation to ensure that fair compensation is offered to the victim or the victim's family.
Rights of Injured Cyclists
The experienced Los Angeles bicycle accident lawyers at our law firm have helped numerous accident victims protect their legal rights, obtain just compensation and hold negligent parties accountable. We fight hard for the rights of our clients and help ensure that they receive maximum compensation for their significant losses. If you or a loved one has been injured in a Los Angeles bicycle accident, please contact us to obtain more information about pursuing your legal rights.
There are a number of Class I bike paths in Los Angeles where only bicyclists are allowed. These paths are often a safe distance from motorists as they run along rivers, parks and beaches. Unfortunately, just about anywhere else you travel in Los Angeles on a bicycle can be potentially dangerous. A review of recent Los Angeles bicycle accidents shows that there are many causes of injury accidents and many locations where an accident can occur.
According to California Highway Patrol's 2010 Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System (SWITRS), 11 people were killed recently and 2,065 were injured in Los Angeles bicycle accidents. During that same year, there were 25 fatalities and 4,201 injuries reported due to Los Angeles County bike crashes. Los Angeles is moving towards promoting more bicycle laws and rights. You can download the Bicycle Riding Tips brochure from the CHP for tips on protecting your safety.
Bike Injuries Can Be Deadly
Every year thousands of pedestrians sustain minor injuries in a bike accident but many of them are serious and even life threatening. It's typical to suffer severe head trauma in bike accident even while wearing a helmet. Fractures are common and can take a long time to heal resulting in an impaired quality of life. Immediate care right after the bike accident is vital to recovery. Even if you feel fine immediately following a bike accident, you should have a full medical exam to make sure there are no underlying injuries that may come up later.
Most common causes of bicycle accidents are the bike riders using the wrong side of the street or making unsafe turns in traffic. The rider should always be aware of oncoming traffic and not rely on the vehicles to see them. Always ride WITH traffic.
Unsafe Locations for Bicyclists
A 34-year-old Los Angeles man was killed during the early morning hours of August 19, 2012, while biking in the Mount Washington area of Los Angeles. Jean Carlos Galavis was traveling southbound on Canon Crest Street toward Avenue 45 when he crashed into a hillside. He suffered abdominal and internal bleeding and succumbed to his injuries at a nearby hospital. Officials say the dangerous nature of the roadway, which is steep and narrow, may have contributed to the fatal bicycle accident.
Similarly, on August 5, 2012 a man in his 50s was seriously injured in a Los Angeles bicycle accident along San Gabriel Road. According to The San Gabriel Valley Tribune, he lost control downhill on the winding mountain road and collided with the mountainside. Had he not been wearing a helmet, his injuries could have been far worse.
Were these roadways safe for bicyclists? Were they safely designed and adequately maintained? Should there have been warning signs to encourage bikers to slow down on the winding, mountainous roads? These are some of the important questions that must be asked in bicycle accidents involving dangerous roadways. If a hazardous roadway did cause or contribute to a bicycle accident, the governmental agency (such as a city or county) can be held liable for the incident. Under California Government Code Section 911.2, any personal injury or wrongful death claim against a governmental agency must be filed within 180 days of the incident.
Passionate Legal Representation
Bisnar Chase has been helping injured bike accident victims in Los Angeles since 1978. The firm has spent over 35 years working to obtain justice for plaintiffs. If you've been injured in a bicycle accident in Los Angeles please contact us for a free case evaluation. You may be entitled to recovery.
Call 323-238-4683 to discuss your case with us free of charge.