Westminster Bicycle Accident Attorneys
Bicycle accidents are common on Westminster's busy roadways and they often result in serious injuries for bicyclists. According to California Highway Patrol's Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System (SWITRS), one person was killed and 46 were injured in Westminster bicycle accidents in 2009. Throughout Orange County, 12 fatalities and 1,199 injuries were reported as a result of bicycle accidents during that same year. When bicyclists are injured as the result of someone else's negligence, they may be able to seek compensation for their injuries and losses.
Bicycle Accident Causes
There are many different causes of Westminster bicycle accidents. Some occur directly due to the carelessness of other motorists. Car drivers commonly fail to yield the right of way to bicyclists when entering traffic or while making a turn. Other drivers put bicyclists in danger by making unsafe lane changes, by exceeding the speed limit and by driving while under the influence. Bicyclists are also in danger of hazardous roadway conditions such as large potholes, uneven surfaces and slick roadway conditions. Defective bicycle parts and poorly assembled bikes can result in devastating injuries as well. Under California law, bicyclists have the same rights and responsibilities as other motorists.
Injuries Suffered in Westminster Bicycle Accidents
Bicyclists are extremely vulnerable because they have very little in terms of protection. Even bicycle riders who are wearing helmets can suffer life-changing head injuries when they strike a vehicle or the roadway. Victims of Westminster bicycle accidents often suffer multiple bone fractures and serious lacerations. Others may suffer debilitating neck and back injuries. In the most severe accidents, bicyclists may even sustain trauma to their spinal cord resulting in permanent disabilities.
Liability for Bicycle Accidents
In order to pursue financial compensation for losses suffered in an Orange County bicycle accident, the injured cyclist will have to prove who was responsible for the incident. In most cases, this involves proving that a car driver was negligent at the time of the incident. Forms of driver negligence include driving while distracted, fatigued and while under the influence.
Car drivers are not always the only potentially liable party for a bicycle accident. In some cases the bicycle manufacturer may be liable for the injuries suffered. Was a recent recall issued on the bicycle? Did a defective bicycle part cause the injury accident? If so, the bicycle manufacturer or the maker of the defective part can be held liable.
When a bicycle accident occurs as the result of a dangerous or defective roadway, the governmental agency in charge of maintaining that roadway can be held liable. 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.
Compensation for Bicycle Accident Victims
Injured bicycle accident victims can seek compensation from the at-fault parties for damages including but not limited to medical expenses, loss of wages, cost of hospitalization, rehabilitation and pain and suffering. Many bicycle accident victims suffer major or catastrophic injuries that require lengthy hospital stays, surgeries and costly rehabilitative treatments. Often, victims and their families end up paying out-of-pocket for these continuing treatments. Victims may also not be able to return to work for an extended period of time. Some may never be able to return to work.
Contacting an Experienced Lawyer
For more than 30 years, the knowledgeable Westminster bicycle accident lawyers at our law firm have helped injured victims and their families receive fair and full compensation for their losses. We fight hard for the rights of our clients and ensure that they are justly compensated. If you or a loved one has been injured in a Westminster bicycle accident, please call us at 1-800-561-4887 for a free and comprehensive consultation.
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