As the use of the bicycle becomes more popular in Pasadena, so too do bicycle accidents which have been unfortunately increasing.
Bicycle accident injuries can be very serious and even fatal and are often the fault of the driver of the car or other motor vehicles.
Like pedestrians, cyclists are ignored by other road occupants and the results can be devastating.
Cyclists involved in accidents can suffer serious injuries and, in some cases, these can even be catastrophic.
When other parties are guilty of causing these accidents, injured cyclists are entitled to compensation.
According to police reports, some of the most dangerous places for cyclists in Pasadena are the following:
- Los Robles Avenue near Cordova Street
- Colorado Boulevard near Terrace Drive
- Allen Avenue near Las Lunas Street
- Del Mar Boulevard
Top Causes Of Bike Accidents In Pasadena
Often, cyclists in Pasadena are injured or die because drivers do not share the road safely.
The most common causes of bicycle accidents include drivers who incur in the following:
- Disrespecting the right of way
- Operating their vehicles recklessly or speeding
- Drunk driving
- Losing control of their vehicles
- Invading bicycle lanes
- Passing other vehicles or bicycles in an unsafe way
- Opening their doors in the way of a cyclist
- Driving while distracted
In these and many other situations, the collision could have been avoided if the driver of a car, truck, or SUV had taken more care and had respected the rights of the cyclist.
Cyclists injured due to negligence or carelessness of a driver can file a lawsuit claiming compensation for losses caused by a bicycle accident.
Common Injuries From Bike Accidents
In Pasadena, cyclists have the same rights and duties as motorists.
Our lawyers know the dangers of cycling.
Cyclists have the right of taking to the streets without fear that a car, or other larger vehicle, will crash into them.
In many cases, drivers simply are not paying attention to what they are doing or to those who go with them on the road.
We represent cyclists who have suffered an injury in a collision with a car or other vehicle, due to product failure or a roadway defect.
Since bicycles do not offer protection, these types of accidents often cause catastrophic injuries and even death.
Unfortunately, the most common bicycle accidents involve young children.
We represent cyclists who have suffered all types of injuries, including some of the most common in Pasadena:
- Broken bones
- Head injuries
- Injuries to the neck and spinal cord
- Serious injuries such as paralysis
Contact a Bike Accident Attorney
If you or a loved one has been injured in a bicycle accident in Pasadena due to the negligence of another driver, we can help.
An injured cyclist requires an experienced and committed attorney to protect his or her legal rights and obtain full and fair compensation.
With over 30 years of combined experience and hundreds of millions of dollars recovered for our injured clients, Avrek Law Firm’s lawyers know what it takes to achieve the best results.
To schedule a free review of your case, please contact us online or call us.
What Is My Bike Accident Claim Worth?
In addition to hospital expenses, victims injured in bicycle accidents may suffer other types of expenses and damages, such as future medical care, rehabilitation, loss of income, pain, physical and/or emotional suffering, loss of quality of life, between others.
- Medical care/future rehabilitation.
Leaving aside the overwhelming hospital costs mentioned above, victims of bicycle accidents who have been seriously injured may need months, years, or even a lifetime of medical care and rehabilitation.
- Loss of income.
Bike accident victims may not be able to work full-time, or at all, after their injury.
While there are other forms of supplementary income such as short or long-term disability; they are usually only a fraction of the total income the person used to have.
When a bicycle accident is due to the negligence of another person, you may be entitled to lost income and income that you may have earned in the future.
- Physical and emotional pain and suffering.
Personal injury damages may include compensation for past and future physical-emotional pain.
Also, to the suffering that must be endured because of the negligence of the other person.
- Loss of quality of life.
It is likely that victims of bicycle accidents may not be able to have the quality of life they enjoyed before their injuries.
For avid cyclists, not being able to ride a bike is a good example.
However, it can affect many other areas of your life, such as the possibility of practicing sports, exercising, or just going for a long walk.
These are just a few examples of damages that can be compensated for victims of bicycle accidents.
How Long Do I Have To Take Legal Action?
The law requires that a claim must be filed within a specified period of time depending on the nature of it and the entity that caused the damage.
This is known as the statute of limitations.
California law states that an injured claimant has a two-year period to file a claim.
Is a Lawyer Necessary And How Much Does It Cost?
Yes you need a lawyer to help protect your legal rights.
Avrek takes cases on a contingent fee basis, which means they will receive a percentage of your fees when your injuries are recovered.
Steps to Follow Immediately After a Bike Accident
Get out of the way: If you are on the road, move out or ask for help to move to the side. If you are in a safe place, do not rush it.
Prioritize your health: If you suffered an injury that requires medical attention, call 9-1-1. If you cannot make the call, ask another person to do so.
Get the driver information: Ask the driver for their phone number and inspect their driver’s license. Write down the driver’s name, current address, and date of birth. Obtain their insurance information (insurance company name and policy number) in addition to the vehicle registration information, including the registration number.
Witnesses: Obtain names and contact information of witnesses. Do not rely on the police officer to obtain this information. If you are injured, ask a viewer to help you get witness contact information.
Photos: Take photos of the scene of the accident and/or ask others to take photos for you.
Obtain information from the police officer: Write down the name of the police officer, his identification number, and contact information. Ask the officer to make an account of the incident or a traffic collision report.