Bicycle Accident Facts
Did you know that in 2014 alone, there were over 5 fatalities and over 200 injuries involving bicycle accidents in Santa Ana? In addition, there were over 10 fatalities and almost 1,200 injuries caused by bicycle accidents in Orange County during the same time period. That statistic represents an unsafe environment for bicyclists in Santa Ana.
Bicycle Accident Causes
This unsafe environment can be caused by several different factors. Many bicycle accidents are caused by negligent automobile drivers. These drivers could be intoxicated, distracted, or driving recklessly. As for drivers who are under the influence of alcohol or drugs, his or her reaction time is impaired along with his or her vision. He or she may not see a bicyclist in time to react, or he or she may think that they have more reaction time than they actually have. That’s if he or she even sees the bicyclist at all.
Another cause of bicyclist accidents is a driver who is distracted. If a driver is talking or texting on a cell phone or fiddling with radio dials while driving, he or she may not see a bicyclist before it’s too late. The situation is further compounded if the driver is speeding or swerving in and out of lanes.
Thirdly, some drivers simply do not adhere to the rules of the road. In California, a bicyclist has the same rights and responsibilities as the driver of a motor vehicle. In other words, a vehicle has to yield the right-of-way to a bicyclist just as a bicyclist has to yield the right-of-way to a vehicle. Some drivers are unaware of this law, or they simply disregard it. Either way, the situation is dangerous for the bicyclist.
Finally, bicycle accidents can be caused by improperly designed roads. If visibility is decreased, a bicyclist may not be able to see oncoming traffic. In addition, poor road conditions are hazardous for bicyclists. It’s easy for a bicycle to bounce into the path of a motor vehicle due to potholes that haven’t been repaired.
Whether it’s a driver under the influence, a distracted driver, or failure to follow California law, the driver is at fault in those situations for the cause of an accident involving a bicycle. The same holds true for the agency responsible for the design and maintenance of roadways that does a poor job of handling this responsibility. If you or a loved one were the victim of a bicycle accident that was caused by negligence, you have a right to receive compensation and hold the responsibility party liable if the accident is due to negligence.
If a bicycle accident has claimed the life of a loved one due to someone else’s negligence, then you, as a family member, can file a wrongful death claim against the negligent person. A wrongful death claim is a civil suit that could award you monetary compensation if the other party is found liable for the death of the bicyclist. This monetary compensation can include the medical and funeral costs, loss of future income and benefits, and the loss of love, care, and companionship.
Trust Someone Who Knows about Santa Ana Bicycle Accidents
If you have suffered injuries or lost a family member due to a bicycle accident, speak with an attorney in Santa Ana that is experienced in handling bicycle accidents. He or she will fight for your rights to compensation and work toward getting you that compensation. If someone is negligent and has caused you to suffer injury or loss due to a bicycle accident, then that person should be held accountable for that loss. Call Avrek Law Firm at 949-313-3577 today for a free at no cost consultation.