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Bicycle accident can be severe and even fatal. Legal issues in bicycle accidents can be different than the issues in car accidents, so these cases demand the assistance of a Los Angeles bicycle accident attorney with knowledge in this field of bicycle accidents law. Although bicycle accidents can occur because of manufacturing defects of the bicycle, negligently-maintained premises, or unsafe road conditions, many bicycle accidents occur after a collision with another vehicle on the road.
Most cars have safety features and are meticulously tested and retested for their ability to withstand the forces generated in a crash. In contrast, bicycles offer no real protection to their riders. It is no surprise, then, that when a car and a bicycle collide, the bicyclist usually sustains greater injuries. Unfortunately, many drivers are unaware that they must share the road with bicycle riders. In 2014 the State of California enacted California Vehicle Code section 21760 which requires a driver of a motor vehicle to keep a distance of at least 3 feet between any part of the motor vehicle and any part of the bicycle or its operator when overtaking or passing a bicycle proceeding in the same direction. Even if you, the bicycle rider, are careful, you may still find yourself involved in an accident that is not your fault.
If you have been involved in a bike accident, you should contact an experienced Los Angeles bicycle injury attorney who is well versed in California bicycle accident litigation and can give you advice on your legal rights and possibilities. You may be able to successfully sue the driver of the vehicle for negligence and obtain compensation for your injuries, pain, and suffering. To prove negligence on the part of the driver, your attorney must prove that the driver owed you a duty of reasonable care; the driver breached that duty; you were injured; and the driver’s breach caused your injury. If your attorney can successfully prove negligence, you will be entitled to receive damages to compensate you for your medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering.
Upon retaining a Los Angeles bicycle accident attorney, he or she will discuss topics with you such as: liability, legal compensation, medical compensation, compensation for lost wages, and traffic laws. Your lawyer will also look at such things as:
Your attorney will explain and make sure you completely understand what your legal options are. Thus equipped, you will be empowered to make the best legal decisions based on your specific circumstances. Bicycle accidents are very stressful and often require severe medical attention. You should not have to go through this tough situation alone. You deserve and are legally entitled to retain a confident and skilled Los Angeles personal bicycle accident lawyer who can discuss your case and the relevant law; deal with the insurance company in settlement negotiations or go to court, if need be; and fight for the compensation you are entitled to.
If you have been injured in an accident contact Los Angeles bicycle accident attorney, Ryan Banafshe, and the rest of his team today for a free consultation.
Our personal injury law office is located in Los Angeles (Century City), California. We serve clients throughout the great State of California and if you are unable to travel to our office, we will meet with you at your home or office.