Whether you’re an avid bicyclist or someone who only rarely goes for a ride, you’ve probably noticed that biking in California is fraught with danger. Inattentive drivers, unsafe road conditions, and even acts of road rage, with cars hitting cyclists, can lead to a devastating bicycle crash. Luckily, the bike laws in California allow for you to seek damages if you were wrongfully injured in a bicycle accident.
The bicycle accident attorneys at Dordulian Law Group are well-versed in Los Angeles bicycle laws, and California bicycle laws in general. Our firm has successfully represented clients who have been in serious accidents which caused loss of income, medical bills, pain and suffering, and other negative impacts. Unfortunately, many people don’t even realize that they have legal recourse after being involved in a painful and traumatizing bike accident. They all-too-happily communicate with the other party’s insurance company, not realizing that they are forfeiting their rights and being taken advantage of in order for some insurance company to minimize their claim.
If you’ve been involved in a bike accident, you need to speak to a qualified bicycle injury lawyer like the ones at Dordulian Law as soon as possible. Your lawyer should be the one speaking to the insurance company — not you. Of course, there’s also the possibility that no insurance company is involved yet, because your accident may have been a result of road conditions or some other non-vehicle factor. In these cases too, it’s smart to seek legal counsel quickly to determine your options to seek compensation.
Nearly half a million bicycle injuries occur in the United States each year. And unfortunately, California ranks #1 in bicycle fatalities each year, as well. If you’re a family member of someone who was tragically killed as the result of a bicycle accident, you may have grounds to file a wrongful death lawsuit.
About 35% of all fatal bike accidents involve a drunk or intoxicated driver; and that due to California’s temperate climate, people are often biking year-round here. Many commuters, fed up with LA freeway traffic, are also opting to pedal their way to work instead of driving. Finally, you’re probably well acquainted by now with how dangerously California drivers behave on the road. It all combines to foster an extremely unsafe situation for bicyclists, leading to the extremely unfortunate bicycle accident statistics owned by this state.
If you or a loved one are involved in a bicycle accident, things may seem overwhelming and disheartening. You may not be sure what to do, or where to turn. When in doubt, consider doing the following:
Worried that you may not be able to afford a quality attorney after your bicycle accident? Don’t stress: Dordulian Law will take your case on contingency, meaning that you won’t need to pay us a penny unless we are able to win you a settlement. We believe that justice should be within reach of everyone, not just those with the financial means to pay an hourly lawyer fee. A quick look at the testimonials from our satisfied clients shows that we’ve been able to manifest meaningful change in our clients’ lives as a result of our hard work and inclusive contingency structure. Will you be next?
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