Bicycle Injury Lawyers
Bicycles are now an integral part of the traffic on our streets. California bicycle laws give cyclists the same rights and responsibilities as motorists; as such, a rider is subject to a ticket and fine for running a red light or, in some cases, riding on the sidewalk. Bicycles are for many an inexpensive alternative to automobiles for much of their transportation needs, providing the added benefit of aerobic exercise. They are also inherently dangerous, especially when ridden in traffic.
If you or a loved one has been injured in a bicycle accident, immediately contact a bicycle accident attorney at Nadrich & Cohen, LLP. Our attorneys have decades of experience and success representing injured cyclists throughout Palmdale, Lancaster and beyond. For a free consultation, call (661) 463-1711, or complete the contact form on this page. We promise that a member of our Bicycle Accident Team will respond to your request within 24 hours.
If you are in an accident with your bicycle you need to seek medical attention, even if you do not believe that you are injured. You should also take photographs of the accident scene with you cell phone if possible, and take down the names and phone numbers of witnesses. Make sure to get the name, license number, and insurance information from the motorist who hit you, if applicable. Check to see that a police report is filed. Finally, if you accident was caused by another’s negligence, speak with a bicycle accident attorney as you may be entitled to compensation for your injuries. The Bicycle Accident Lawyers of Nadrich & Cohen, LLP has decades of success representing clients who have been injured in bicycle accidents. Call today.
Each year more than 50,000 cyclists are injured nationwide, and over 700 die in accidents. While rider carelessness accounts for some of these accidents, many are caused by negligent drivers who don’t see the cyclist before it is too late. Other accidents occur because the bicycle is improperly designed or repaired. Nearly half of all bicycle accidents occur in intersections. These are dangerous places anyway, for vehicles moving in different directions must for a few moments occupy a shared space. If a motorist fails to yield the right of way to a bicycle a collision is imminent.
Road conditions are also a major cause of bicycle accidents. Because of their light weight, bikes cannot drive over potholes without losing balance. Debris in the roadway also can cause the bicycle to become unstable and then tip over. When road conditions have existed long enough that the responsible government entity has had time to repair it, the cyclist may be able to sue that entity for damages.
When a bicycle is involved in an accident the rider nearly always is injured, and often seriously. This is because bikes offer virtually no protection to the rider. Therefore, what makes the bicycle appealing—its light weight and openness to the world around the rider—also renders it potentially unsafe. Head injuries are by far the most common among cyclists. In fact, 75% of those who die in accidents suffered fatal head trauma. Other common injuries include broken arms and legs, crushed organs, lacerations and spinal damage.
Cyclists can reduce the risk of injury by wearing protective gear, especially helmets. In fact, it is estimated that 85% of head injuries might be prevented when riders wear their helmets. It is also important for riders to wear reflective clothing when riding at night. This is important even if the bicycle has a light.
The city regulates ownership of bicycles through licensing and inspections. Bicycles that are operated at night are to be equipped with a generator-type light, and cyclists are not permitted on city sidewalks. The City of Palmdale is in the process of developing a system of bike lanes and paths. The project began with the constructing of a Class A bike path on Avenue S. Bike lanes are being developed on some local streets.
An attorney who specializes in bicycle accident injuries has the knowledge and experience necessary to do battle with the insurance company. The attorneys at Nadrich & Cohen, LLP have been successfully representing injured cyclists for over two decades. Call us today at (661) 463-1711 for a free consultation. We collect no fee for our services, unless a recovery is made. Contact us today for a free, confidential evaluation of your claim.
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