Fullerton Bicycle Accident Lawyers
The experienced Fullerton Bicycle Accident Attorneys of Bisnar Chase have a long and successful track record of representing the rights of injured bicyclists and their families. It is common for bicycle accidents to result in serious injuries that can be devastating financially and physically for the bicyclists.
The law firm of Bisnar Chase has held a 96% success rate and have won over $300 million dollars in compensation for victims of bicycle accidents. Our top-notch legal team is here to cater to your case and is here to walk you through every step of the way.
If you or a loved one has been injured in a Fullerton bicycle accident, please contact us for a free consultation and a comprehensive case evaluation.
Call 949-203-3814 today.
Fullerton Crash Statistics
California Highway Patrol's current statistics have indicated that in one year, five fatalities and 665 injuries had taken place as a result of car accidents in the city of Fullerton. During that same year, 52 people were injured in Fullerton bicycle accidents.
Fullerton is a northern Orange County city that is 25 miles southeast of Los Angeles and 11 miles north of Santa Ana.
While Santa Ana may only make up a small piece of Orange County, as of 2010, it is home to over 135,000 people. The city is vibrant with several educational institutions and a bustling downtown.
Fullerton Hit-and-Run Bicycle Accident
On the morning of July 11, 2012, a man in his 20s was killed while riding his bike in Fullerton. He was riding a BMX bike near Bastanchury Road and Morelia Avenue when a black sub-compact car struck him and drove away. A Volkswagen Jetta then struck him as well. This tragic accident appears to have taken place near one of Fullerton's dirt trails used by mountain bikers.
Leaving the scene of a crash is a felony crime under California law. However, there have been several instances of hit-and-run injury bicycle accidents in Fullerton. California Vehicle Code 20001 (a) states: "The driver of a vehicle involved in an accident resulting in injury to a person, other than himself or herself, or in the death of a person shall immediately stop the vehicle at the scene of the accident."
Fullerton Intersection Accidents
Hit-and-run drivers are not the only threat to Fullerton bicyclists.
In recent years, a 22-year-old bicyclist was struck by a car at the intersection of Yorba Linda Boulevard and Deerpark Drive. Officials say the bicyclist was crossing the road in the crosswalk on a green light when a Ford Escort that was making a turn, crashed into him. He was treated at the scene before being transported to a nearby hospital.
Many intersection accidents involve drivers who fail to consciously look for bicyclists who are on the roadway. Under California Vehicle Code Section 21200, bicyclists have the same rights and responsibilities as drivers of other vehicles. That means that drivers must yield the right of way to bicyclists at street intersections. According to California Vehicle Code section 21800 (a): "The driver of a vehicle approaching an intersection shall yield the right-of-way to any vehicle which has entered the intersection from a different highway."
What Kind of Injuries Could You Be Compensated For?
Victims of bike accidents endure various kinds of mental, emotional and physical injuries. Even if they are minor injuries, in time, the damages that are made to the body can affect an individual later in life. Below are several kinds of injuries that can be compensated for after a bike crash incident.
Injuries that can be compensated for after bicycle accident:
Elbow fractures: Bones broken in the elbow can be separated into two types of groups; severe fractures that involve surgery or minor fractures that will heal rapidly. EBS Medical Columnist Dr. Jeff Daniels, says that minor fractures will not make a rider immobile for a long period of time. "Unlike wrist and ankle fractures, which require strict immobilization for a month or more, a minor elbow fracture heals well if movement is started early, often within a week", states Daniels.
Cracked clavicle: If a bike crash victim has symptoms of a shoulder sagging downward, a scraping sensation when there is an attempt to lift an arm or bruising on the collarbone, there is a strong possibility that this individual may have obtained a fractured clavicle. At times the bone may even protrude out of the skin. Inserting plates and screws into the clavicle maybe an option for recovery.
Traumatic brain injury: Over 50% of bicycle accident survivors experience a traumatic brain injury. The chances of a cyclist experiencing a TBI are increased if a helmet is not being worn. In car accidents, TBI involves a sudden blow to the head but in most bicycle accidents a TBI is suffered when the cyclist falls extremely hard on the pavement. Compensation that you can be entitled to for different types of TBI's can include medical bills, lost wages or on-going therapy.
Driver Negligence and Bicycle Accidents
Injured victims of Fullerton bicycle accidents may file a claim against the at-fault motorist to seek compensation for their significant damages and losses. An important part of the claim process is proving that the driver was negligent. Drivers who are negligent or reckless can be held accountable for losses such as medical bills, lost earnings, property damage, pain and suffering, the cost of rehabilitation, and pain and suffering. Negligence can be proved against drivers in cases where the motorist in question was speeding, ran a red light or stop sign, failed to yield to the bicyclist or drove distracted or fatigued.
Many bicycle accident victims suffer head trauma, broken bones, sprains, strains, neck injuries, back injuries and lacerations. All of these injuries can be extremely painful and some of them can affect the victim's quality of life in the long term.
Contact Bisnar Chase for Legal Representation
If you or someone you know has experienced extreme pain and suffering, whether it be physical or emotional, due to a bicycle accident, call the Fullerton Bicycle Accident Attorneys of Bisnar Chase today.
Contact the law firm of Bisnar Chase at 949-203-3814 and receive a free-case analysis.
Bisnar Chase Personal Injury Attorneys
1301 Dove St. #120
Newport Beach, CA 92660