Here in Southern California, we enjoy some of the greatest conditions for bicycling in the country, with year-round temperate weather and beautiful natural scenery. But, unfortunately, we also have some of the worst traffic congestion in the country and far too many drivers who drive negligently without proper care shown to their fellow travellers on the road. According to the Governors Highway Safety Assn., California has the highest number of bicycle fatalities in the nation, with hundreds killed and seriously injured each year, and the rate of bicycle fatalities increasing at 16 times the rate of automobile fatalities.
If you have been injured in a bicycle accident because of another’s negligence, the experienced bike accident attorneys at Berglund & Johnson in Woodland Hills can help you get on the road to recovery through pursuing a significant a settlement or judgment to compensate you for all injuries you have suffered. And if a family member has died in a bike accident, our attorneys can represent your family in a wrongful death suit to recover for all losses.
Winning Your Bike Accident Case
While your first priority after a bike accident should, of course, be obtaining emergency medical assistance, you should contact an experienced bike accident attorney as soon as possible after an accident to improve your chances of obtaining recovery from negligent parties who caused your accident to begin the process of establishing fault.
Although your health insurance may cover at least some of the upfront costs of your medical care, it will generally be necessary to establish fault on the part of another party before recovering a significant settlement or prevailing at trial. Because bike accidents often occur in a matter of seconds and leave the injured bicyclist stunned and incapacitated, it is important for your attorney to gather as much evidence as possible (including eyewitness testimony, security footage, physical evidence from the scene, medical evidence, etc.) as quickly as possible to prove fault on the other party, such as:
- Failing to stop at a stop sign or red light
- Not giving a bicyclist sufficient space
- Driving while texting
- Drunk driving
What You Can Recover in a Bike Accident Suit
By proving fault, we will work to show that a negligent driver or other party should be responsible for all of your losses. Even if you were partially at fault, you can still recover at least some of your losses from a negligent driver in a California bike accident case. Recoverable losses in a bike accident include:
- Hospitalization, surgery, doctor visits, rehabilitation, etc.
- Time missed from work and other financial impacts on your career
- Pain and suffering costs
- Physical damage to your bicycle
In a wrongful death bicycle accident case, the family members of a deceased victim can also recover the lost financial and emotional support provided by the deceased, in addition to other costs.
Contact the Bike Accident Attorneys at Berglund & Johnson Today
Having worked with injured victims and their families across Southern California for over three decades, we understand the fear, intimidation, and confusion that can follow a serious injury. Our attorneys are here to help you through this process and provide all the guidance you need to get the recovery you rightly deserve. We are committed to serving the legal needs of you and your family in an honorable, ethical, and compassionate manner. Contact Berglund & Johnson today at 1-800-4IF-HURT to schedule a brief, no-hassle consultation to discuss your bike accident and see how we might be of service to you and your family.