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Orange County Bicycle Accident Lawyer

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The experienced Orange County Bicycle Accident Lawyers at Bisnar Chase have a long and successful track record of over 45 years, representing the rights of severely injured victims and their families. Winning over $750 million for our clients, Bisnar Chase will help you secure fair and total compensation for all your injuries, damages, and losses.

We will provide you with our legal services without any money upfront or out of your pocket. Our program guarantees you that regardless of the outcome of your bicycle accident case, you will never have to pay any attorney fees or costs if your case is not successful. To find out how we can help you, please contact us at 949-203-3814.

Brian Chase of Bisnar Chase

Brian Chase, Senior Partner:
“I grew up my whole life in Orange County. This is my community and my clients are my neighbors and friends. We take bicycle safety very seriously because Orange County is full of cyclists.”

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What is Your Bicycle Claim Worth in Orange County?

California Injured cyclists can pursue compensation for all the financial and non-economic damages they have suffered because of someone else’s negligence.

All of your medical bills should be covered, including the cost of surgery, hospitalization, and physical therapy. Support should also be available for lost wages and the loss of earning potential if your injuries prevent you from returning to work at total capacity.

In the event of a serious injury, support may also be available for physical pain and emotional suffering. Victims must keep a journal of their daily struggles since the accident. Your journal can serve as documentation of your treatment and recovery process, of what you can or cannot do during this period. Make notes of activities you cannot perform, family gatherings you have missed, and how your injuries have inhibited your quality of life.

All of these factors will play into what your bike injury claim is worth. Because the injury occurred in OC and our attorneys are very familiar with Orange County courts, judges, and defense teams, we have a high rate of success pursuing these types of claims.

Protecting Your Bicycle Rights in California

Bicycling can be a healthy, inexpensive, and environmentally friendly alternative to driving. With Orange County’s bike lanes, beaches, and trails, bicycling is also a great recreational activity.

There are excellent mountain biking opportunities along the Santa Ana River Trail, and about 1,000 miles of bike lanes connect Santa Ana, San Juan Capistrano, and Brea. However, riding a bicycle comes with inherent risks. When a bicycle collides with a motor vehicle, the bicyclist often suffers grave injuries. These injuries can have lifelong effects, and an experienced Orange County Bicycle Accident Lawyer can help you protect your rights and compensate you now and in the future.

Injuries Suffered in Orange County Bicycle Accidents

The nature, extent, and severity of injuries suffered in a bicycle accident usually depend on the impact of the collision, if the bicyclist was wearing a helmet or other protective gear, the speed at which the crash occurred, and the condition of the roadway or trail.

The most common type of injury sustained in a bike accident is a head injury. This is because cyclists are thrown over the handlebars and could land on the roadway or hit the windshield of a vehicle. Head injuries resulting from bicycle accidents could range from bumps, concussions, and gashes to skull fractures and other traumatic brain injuries. Research has shown that brain injuries are more likely to occur when bicyclists are not wearing helmets.

Bicyclists may also suffer spinal cord trauma when they land on their back, neck, or head. This type of trauma could result in vertebral fractures or even paralysis. When bicyclists fall off their bikes, they could also land on their face, leading to injuries such as eye damage, broken jaw, or broken nose or teeth. Bone fractures are also common consequences of bike accidents.

Bicyclists may break bones in their legs, shoulders, arms, hips or back. Bone breaks require extensive treatment and rehabilitation. In extreme cases, bicyclists may also lose their limbs as a result of multiple fractures. Bicycle accidents also often result in internal injuries such as a punctured lung or ruptured spleen.

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What Should You Do after a Bicycle Accident?

Police: If you have been injured in a Orange County bicycle accident, it is likely that you require immediate medical attention. However, the actions you take in the aftermath of the accident may have a significant impact on whether you are able to receive compensation for your losses. First and foremost, if you have been involved in an accident, wait for the police to arrive at the scene so they can file a report. If you are able, make sure your account of the incident gets into the police report.

Medical Attention: Always ensure that you receive the medical attention you need right away, even if you believe you’re not injured. Some bicyclists do not realized they have been injured until several hours after the accident. There are also instances where seemingly minor injuries later evolve into permanent and chronic issues.

Remain Aware: When you remain at the scene, do not admit fault or divulge any specific details to anyone. However, do make sure you get the name of the driver and his or her contact, driver’s license, vehicle and insurance information. Also try to get the name and contact information for anyone who witnessed the accident.

Document Everything: Carefully document what occurred at the accident site. Try to make notes about traffic, roadway and weather conditions. Document your injuries. Seek medical attention even if you believe your injuries are minor. Take photos of the accident scene as well as your injuries.

Preserve Evidence: Make sure that the physical evidence is preserved. Keep torn or bloody clothing. Do not repair your bike or dispose of your damaged helmet. Make sure you seek the counsel of an experienced Orange County Bicycle Accident Lawyer who can advise you regarding how to proceed, help negotiate a fair settlement with the insurance companies or help represent you in a lawsuit.

Bicycle Accident Statistics in Orange County

More than a thousand people are injured in Countywide bike crashes each year. According to the California Highway Patrol, 13 traffic deaths and 1,315 injuries were sustained in Orange County bicycle accidents in recent years. Orange County cities that had the most bicycle injury accidents include Huntington Beach (168), Santa Ana (161), Anaheim (121), and Newport Beach (92). Many of these accidents could have been prevented if only the driver exercised due care.

Driver Negligence and Bicycle Accidents in Orange County

A significant number of Orange County bicycle accidents result from driver negligence. Motorists often fail to look for bicycles before changing lanes or turning. Drivers impaired, distracted, fatigued, or speeding may fail to notice a bicyclist before it’s too late. Some common causes of bike accidents include drivers failing to see bicyclists, failing to judge a bicyclist’s speed or path, driving carelessly or at a high rate of speed, and passing bicyclists too close. The most dangerous crashes for cyclists are those that occur at or near an intersection. Some of the common scenarios that our Orange County Bicycle Accident Lawyers have seen in bike accident cases involve:

  • Bike lane intrusions on the part of drivers.
  • Drivers turning into the path of bicyclists.
  • Motorists rear-ending bicyclists.
  • Drivers or passengers opening doors in the path of moving cyclists.
  • Sudden or unsafe lane changes by drivers.
  • Large trucks turning at intersections.
  • Drivers failing to yield the right-of-way to bicyclists at intersections while exiting a driveway or parking lot.

Bicycle Accidents Involving Dangerous OC Roadways

Bikes are particularly vulnerable to accidents caused by roadway hazards. Due to their small size, relative instability, and thin tires, sudden and abrupt changes in road surface could be extremely dangerous. These hazards could cause even the most careful and experienced bicyclist to lose control or fall off the bike. Dangerous roadway conditions for bicyclists include potholes, sewer grates, uneven pavement, damaged or cracked roadways, and debris on the street.

Poor roadway design or lack of bike lanes could also cause serious injury in bicycle accidents. Any time a dangerous or defective roadway causes a bicycle accident, the injured victim can file a claim against the governmental agency responsible for maintaining that roadway. Under California Government Code Section 911.2, any personal injury claim against a governmental entity must be filed within 180 days of the incident.

Contact An Experienced Bicycle Accident Lawyer

Bisnar Chase has represented tens of thousands of clients in the past four decades, with most of them being in California, and collected over $750 million in settlements and verdicts. Our legal team is dedicated and experienced.

If you’ve been injured in a bicycle accident, please contact our Orange County bike injury attorneys for a Free Consultation. You may be entitled to compensation. Call 949-203-3814.

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Do I need an attorney if I am in an accident on my bike with a car?

If you are in an accident on your bike with a car, there is a good chance that you will need to hire an attorney. To have the best chance of winning your case, you must know what legal precedents apply and what damages can be claimed. The best way to determine if you need an attorney is by speaking with a qualified Orange County bike accident lawyer. They can help you understand the potential ramifications of your accident and whether or not it is worth hiring one. We offer a no-fee guarantee. If we do not win your case, there is no cost.

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