A Bicycle Accident Lawyer Can Help Injured Cyclists Collect Compensation
If you have been struck by a vehicle or were otherwise injured while you were riding a bicycle, strong representation from McKinley, Conger, Jolley & Galarneau, LLP, can help you establish the fault of liable parties to seek your deserved compensation. A bicycle accident lawyer from our firm can hold negligent and reckless drivers and other individuals accountable, fighting tirelessly to protect your interests.
Common Causes of Bicycle Accidents
Bicycle accidents can be caused by a number of reasons, and most often involve a collision between a cyclist and a motor vehicle. Causes of these serious accidents can include:
- A driver’s blatant disobedience of traffic laws
- Lack of awareness resulting in a driver’s failure to take notice of a cyclist
- Distracted driving
- Driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs
Hit and runs are far more common in accidents involving cyclists or pedestrians than they are when another vehicle is involved. This can leave an injured cyclist in need of serious medical help. However, bicycle accidents can also be caused by other factors such as a poorly maintained road or obstacles that cause a cyclist crash.
Because they have limited sources of bodily protection, cyclists face significant risk for serious injuries when involved in an accident. Catastrophic injuries can occur, including spinal cord injury and paralysis, as well as multiple broken bones. In addition, California state law does not require cyclists over age 18 to wear helmets. Many adults voluntarily choose not to wear helmets, which can increase the risk of a traumatic brain injury (TBI) and severe concussions.
Holding Negligent Parties Responsible
Establishing fault and holding the negligent party accountable for causing your personal injury can become incredibly complex. Our bicycle accident lawyers have extensive experience in this area and employ an expert team of accident reconstruction specialists. They can reconstruct the scene of the accident to determine who was at fault, be it another driver or a government entity who failed to properly maintain the road and obey all traffic laws. Coupled with our knowledge of legal driving and government requirements, we can help you firmly establish liability to build the strongest case possible.
Compensation for Your Injuries
Our experienced team of attorneys can fight to seek compensation for all your damages, including:
- Medical bills
- Lost wages
- Damage to bicycle
- Pain and suffering
- Reduced quality of life
Severe injuries may require surgical procedures, extended hospital stays, lengthy physical therapy, and more. Your injuries can result in large medical bills. If your injuries rendered you unable to work temporarily or permanently, you could be without an income as well. Compensation can help ease your financial burdens caused by bicycle accidents, and help you face the future.