Los Angeles Bicycle Accident Lawyers
Contact the Bisnar Chase Los Angeles Bicycle Accident Lawyers for a free consultation at (323)-238-4683. Victims of L.A. bike collisions and their families can seek financial compensation for their losses such as medical bills, lost wages and property damages.
Every accident is different and many serious injury accidents potentially have multiple liable parties.
The personal injury law firm of Bisnar Chase has been successful in holding at-fault parties accountable. Our law offices have prioritized excellent client representation and satisfaction since 1978.
Our law experts will stay abreast of the official investigation to ensure that fair compensation is offered to the victim or the victim's family.
Find out if you are entitled to recovery by calling us today.
Los Angeles Bicycle Accident FAQ's
If you have been involved in a bicycle accident immediately call the local authorities. The police will then arrive at the scene and if necessary call an ambulance to treat your injuries. Move to a safe area away from cars approaching.
Bikers who were harmed due to poor road conditions such as potholes, construction zones or shoulder drops can potentially file a claim against a governmental entity or business.
Bicycle collision victims can recover economic and non-economic damages from their incident. Economic damages can be property damages or medical bills. Non-economic damages can be mental anguish or loss of consortium.
Bike Crash Statistics in California
Data shows that 857 cyclists died over a single recorded year due to accidents associated with motor vehicles in the United States. In Los Angeles, California within a two-year period, 74 people have lost their lives in bike collision accidents.
California enforces motorists to ride safely along with cyclists by following traffic signals, yielding to bike riders, and most importantly not operating a vehicle under the influence.
Bicycle Accidents in Los Angeles
Los Angeles is one of the largest metropolitan areas in the United States with over 3.9 million people in the population. One of the many transportation methods used by thousands of people in this city is cycling. Although measures have been taken to accommodate a large number of cyclists, there are still many incidents that take place every day.
Below are just some of the many bicycle collisions that have occurred in Los Angeles County.
Hit and run incident in Silverlake leaves cyclist seriously injured: A motorist fled the scene of an accident after violently colliding with and injuring a bicyclist in Silverlake, CA. Footage of the incident emerged showing the 57-year-old homeless man being struck. What was also captured was the vehicle not slowing down after hitting the man.
Cyclists left for dead in DUI-related incident: A biker traveling westbound on Adams Boulevard was hit by a drunk driver. The culprit stayed and was later arrested on the suspicion of drinking and driving. Police Officer, Jon Pinto stated that this is a constant occurrence and pleads for the public to stop these types of incidents.
Teen dragged in a hit and run accident: A 15-year-old boy riding his bike was dragged three blocks after being struck by a vehicle in a Southwest neighborhood in downtown Los Angeles. The boy was able to free himself after being dragged 1,500 feet by the vehicle. The driver did not stop and the teen was eventually hospitalized for his injuries and was labeled to be in critical condition.
Rider dies later in hospital after being struck by driver making a U-Turn: Cyclist Jeff Jones died after being struck by a van while the vehicle was making a U-Turn on Griffith Park Boulevard. The driver of the van stayed at the scene of the accident and cooperated with the local authorities. Jones was described to be in his 50s and was a father that was taken too soon from his loved ones.
Thirty-one-year-old loses life in a hit and run bike crash: While riding on a trail in Norwalk, Carla Margarita Becerra was hit by a motorcyclist and died at the age of 31. The male motorcyclist was eventually found and identified as twenty-year-old Brandon Lindsey. Witnesses said that Lindsey was riding on a trail that prohibited motorists. He was eventually charged with vehicular manslaughter.
Common Causes of L.A. Bike Collisions
Since bicycles provide the least amount of protection to riders, the chances of cyclists being critically injured or dying in a bike accident are high. The weight of an average car is 2,700 pounds and if a rider is struck, it can be fatal.
Bicycle collisions in Los Angeles frequently occur due to:
- Motorists riding too close to the bike lane: California law states that motorists must leave a safe amount of space between them and a biker on the road. This state regulation is known as the “three feet for safety” law. Under the “three feet for safety” law drivers are to remain at a three feet distance when passing a cyclist from behind.
- Passenger opening car door: “Getting doored” is one of the most common occurrences cyclists in Los Angeles experience. Motor vehicle passengers are to look and proceed with caution before opening a door in the bicycle lane. Many bikers do not obtain bicycle insurance which can make it difficult to be compensated for their injuries.
- Distracted driving: According to a survey conducted by the NHSTA, over a one-year period, 13% of all bicycle accident injuries and deaths were caused by distracted drivers. California law prohibits drivers from using their mobile phones while driving meaning speaking and texting on a smartphone is against the law.
- Cyclists not being clearly visible at night: Nighttime fatalities have increased to 9.2% in the United States. There are various factors that have attributed to cyclists being hit by a vehicle at night. One of the main factors that have played into bicycle accidents are poorly lit roads. If a cyclist was not crashed into by a motorist and was injured on a poorly lit road the local government can be held responsible for the injuries.
Injuries Bike Crash Victims Experience Frequently
Due to the lack of protection that a bicycle provides, riders are more vulnerable to the dangers of the road. Even if a cyclist wears protective gear such as a helmet, it does not decrease their probability of being involved in a collision and experiencing injuries to their body.
- Bone fractures
- Broken teeth
- Head injuries
- Neck injuries
- Nerve damage
Cyclists Have a Responsibility to Keep Others on the Road Safe Too
Just like motor vehicle drivers, bicycle riders have a duty to ride cautiously with others on the road. In some bicycle incidents, the cyclists can be at fault for their own injuries.
California laws specifically apply to bike riders are:
- VC 21200 (how cyclists should ride on the road)
- VC 21200.5 (operating a bicycle under the influence)
- VC 21201 ( the duty of care bike riders owe others on the road)
If a cyclist has partially caused an accident, they can still file for compensation according to California comparative fault law.
Reducing the Chances of a Bike Collision
Cyclists and motorists can decrease the potential of causing or being involved in an accident. Many are unaware of the small measures they can take besides wearing a helmet. Other L.A. resources and tips to make sure you as a bike rider stay safe on the road include:
- Slowing down at intersections: Bikers, like motorists, need to be cautious when turning into street intersections. A cyclist should not try to beat a car at a turn. This can be dangerous and can lead to a head-on collision.
- Making drivers aware of you: One of the simplest ways a cyclist can keep themselves safe while riding is making eye contact with a motorist when making a turn or crossing the street. This is especially advised at night. Before crossing the street on your bike, wave to the driver. If the driver is aware of your presence, she/he will flash their lights.
- Wearing protective gear: Bikers can wear more than just a helmet to protect themselves. Bicyclists, especially children who are learning how to ride can have protective gear such as elbow pads and knee pads. Bikers should also wear reflective gear to appear more obvious to drivers when it is dark.
Accountability for a Bike Crash
Liability for a Los Angeles bicycle accident can be placed on several entities which can include a driver, the city in which the incident took place, or the bike manufacturer. Motorists must adhere to the rules to the road and always yield to pedestrians and cyclists.
If a bike rider's injuries were caused by faulty layouts or poor road conditions, the local government can potentially be responsible for their injuries. Roads that contain potholes, uneven streets, or excessive or heavy debris can be categorized as unsafe for cyclists. When a cyclist is hurt due to a product defect, they can potentially file a claim against the manufacturer or the designer of the product.
California statute of limitations states that injury victims have two years to file a claim against a manufacturer or designer if they were harmed by a product. Speak to a bike accident lawyer in Los Angeles, California to schedule a free consultation for your bicycle crash or car accident case.
Steps to Take After a Bicycle Accident in L.A.
Over the years, bicycle crashes have increased at an exponential rate in California. Bicycle accident victims can find themselves distraught and unaware of what steps to take after the incident. To increase your chances of winning the compensation you need to recover from the injuries you must:
Collect the driver’s information and evidence at the scene: If a motorist has hit you, when you and the driver have retreated to a safe place, exchange information immediately. The types of information that you need to gather from the at-fault driver include the driver’s full name, contact details, car insurance company and policy number, driver’s license, the car VIN number, and license plate number. You must also take photos of the bike, the car, the weather that day, and the streets.
File a claim with your insurance company first: When you are safe and you have been treated for your injuries, file a claim through your insurance company as soon as possible. You will want to be the first in the accident to give your statement to begin the process of receiving the compensation you need to heal from the accident physically and financially. Never admit that you were at-fault for the incident and carefully choose your words if you do decide to speak to the negligent party's insurance company.
Seek legal advice: If you have filed a Los Angeles bicycle accident claim and your damages have not been covered by an insurance company, call our law office for legal advice. Our bike crash lawyers have recovered millions for victims who have experienced catastrophic injuries due to a negligent driver. If you live in California, call our Los Angeles or Orange County bicycle accident lawyers for a free evaluation of your bike accident claim.
Collecting Damages for a Bicycle Wreck
Cyclists who are involved in a bike wreck can be left with devastating injuries that can hinder them from not only from being able to go back to work but can comprise their ability to support themselves financially for the rest of their life. Victims of cycling incidents need the recovery they need to alleviate the financial burden and stress that comes after an accident.
Compensation that can potentially be awarded to a bike collision victim can include:
- Medical costs
- Loss of future income
- Pain and suffering
The Worth of Your Bicycle Wreck Case
Some bicycle accident victims are discouraged from filing a personal injury lawsuit after an insurance adjuster has misinformed them on the worth of their case. Do not hold the information that the negligent party’s insurance company provides you with a high regard. Remember their only goal is to coerce you into taking the lowest amount of compensation for your case. They also want to detour you from thinking that you deserve more than their offer.
Each bike crash claim is unique. There is not a standard set of compensation that each bicycle accident victim will receive.
Also do not use an online calculator to estimate the amount of recovery you can receive.
The worth of your injury case is dependent on how many damages and losses you have experienced from your accident. Only a Los Angeles bicycle accident attorney can present you with a thorough estimation of the amount of compensation that you can obtain from your claim.
Speak to a Los Angeles Bicycle Accident Lawyer
If you've been injured in a Los Angeles bike collision contact a Bisnar Chase Los Angeles Bike Collision Lawyers for a Free Case Evaluation. You may be entitled to recovery and compensation.
Bisnar Chase has been helping injured bike accident victims in Los Angeles, Orange and the Inland Empire since 1978 and has established a 96% success rate. The firm has spent over 40 years working to obtain justice for plaintiffs and has won over $500 Million for our clients. We are familiar with LA courts and defense teams after spending decades taking cases to trial and mediation.
Dangerous Intersections in L.A.
Sherman Way & Sepulveda Blvd.
Manchester Ave. & Figueroa St.
Burbank Blvd. & Sepulveda Blvd.
Van Nuys Blvd. & Roscoe Blvd.
Victory Blvd. & Coldwater Canyon Ave.
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Bisnar Chase Personal Injury Attorneys
6701 Center Drive West, 14th Fl.
Los Angeles, CA 90045