Going for a bike ride should be calm, stress-free, and relaxing. It shouldn’t turn into a harrowing ordeal because you were involved in an accident. Riding a bicycle legally and with the proper protection (helmet) might save your life one day. You should always ride with the flow of traffic, have lights on the front and rear of the bicycle, and wear a helmet at all times.
The sad fact of the matter is that you can take all the precautions in the world when you ride your bike and still suffer injuries in a North Hollywood, California, bicycle accident. If you ever find yourself involved in such an accident, it’s important that you protect yourself by calling 911 and seeking medical care immediately. It’s also important that you protect your right to compensation, which involves contacting a qualified North Hollywood bicycle accident lawyer from Dordulian Law Group.
A bicycle accident can occur for many different reasons and may not always involve motorists. Bicycle accidents can lead to serious injuries and even death. There’s very little protection, if any at all, for a bicyclist compared those riding in a motor vehicle.
Bicycle accidents can be caused by distracted, drowsy, impaired, and reckless drivers. They can also be caused by potholes, broken concrete, hazards in the road, poor lighting, and many other problems. Because a bicycle accident can be caused by various factors, a personal injury claim seeking financial damages might involve multiple defendants.
Should you find yourself involved in a North Hollywood bicycle accident, you need to take the right steps in the moments immediately following to protect yourself physically and legally. The actions you take after an accident can have serious implications when trying to file a claim against the at-fault party.
First and foremost, call 911 immediately. Doing so will ensure that the police and EMTs respond. When the police respond they will create an incident report. The incident report will come in handy when you file a lawsuit because it is considered a piece of evidence.
Let the EMTs examine you at the scene and then transport you to the hospital for more in-depth care and testing. The EMTs can only evaluate your external injuries. Being hit while riding a bicycle by a motor vehicle can cause damage to your internal organs and internal bleeding, both of which cannot be discovered unless you visit the hospital.
If you are not seriously injured, try to take some pictures of the aftermath of the accident, including the following:
Pictures should only be shared with a North Hollywood bicycle accident lawyer from Dordulian Law Group so he or she can submit them as evidence in a lawsuit. Do not provide pictures to the at-fault party or an insurance representative without consulting with an experienced DLG personal injury attorney.
Did anyone stop to help you? Did anyone witness the bicycle accident? If so, ask these people for their names and contact information. Request that they remain at the scene to speak to the police about what they witnessed. Their statements will be included in the accident report.
Some of the injuries you may suffer in a North Hollywood bicycle accident include the following:
Bicycle accidents are a serious problem in California and across the country. There are more than 500,000 bicycle injuries every year in the U.S. Every year, the state of California ranks number one in the country for bicycle accident deaths. If you lost a loved one in a bicycle accident, you might have grounds to file a wrongful death lawsuit. Contact a DLG wrongful death attorney as soon as possible to ensure your rights are preserved.
Close to 35% of all bicycle accidents that cause fatalities involve drunk drivers. When you combine that with the warmer climate of California, bicyclists are on the roads throughout the year. Additionally, more and more people are opting to bike to and from work because of the traffic congestion. The bottom line is that bicyclists can encounter unsafe situations (sometimes imperceptible) whenever they head out for a ride.
You will be able to file a civil lawsuit when injured in a North Hollywood, California, bicycle accident. The objective of such a lawsuit is to recover financial damages for various losses. You should do so with the help of a personal injury attorney at Dordulian Law Group. However, it is important to note that the success of the lawsuit will be based on the circumstances of the accident, the available evidence, if you were able to identify the defendant, and if you sought medical attention.
If the bicycle accident was a hit-and-run, it will be more difficult to assign fault than if the driver remained at the scene of the crash. However, police can work off of eyewitness statements and acquire security camera footage from local residences, businesses, and witnesses who might have recorded the accident using their phones. Additionally, at DLG we dispatch our Chief Investigator, former LAPD detective Moses Castillo, on every bicycle accident case. Castillo has decades of experience investigating major car accident and bike accident cases with the LAPD’s elite Central Traffic Division. He will investigate your case and uncover any evidence that might aid your claim.
California is a comparative fault state, which means that even if you played a role in the bike accident that caused your injuries, you can still recover compensation. A percentage of fault will be assigned to the defendant and the plaintiff. The award is then reduced based on the percentage placed on the plaintiff, so long as it is less than 100%.
It can be difficult to assign an exact number to your bicycle accident claim because each one is different from the next. There are a variety of factors that go into determining the value of such a claim, including your percentage of fault, if the defendant acted maliciously, and if you are no longer able to work. A North Hollywood bicycle accident claim might include the following damages:
There are four elements that must be present and proven in order for a North Hollywood bicycle accident case to succeed. If any of these elements are missing, it is likely that the court will toss the claim. The first of these elements is that a duty of care was owed to the plaintiff. Drivers owe others a duty to drive safely at all times. If a driver caused a bicycle accident, the driver likely violated that duty of care.
The second element that must be proven is that the duty of care owed to the plaintiff was violated. The simple fact that the accident occurred should be enough, but providing plenty of visual evidence and eyewitness statements can ensure that the case moves forward.
The third element that must be proven is that the plaintiff was injured in the bicycle accident. For this reason alone, you should seek medical attention following a bicycle accident. The fourth and final element that must be present is that the accident and injuries were caused by the defendant named in the lawsuit.
There is a two-year statute of limitations for personal injury lawsuits to be filed. This means that you have two years from the date the accident happened to file a claim, according to California Civil Code of Procedure section 335.1. Was the bicycle accident caused by someone or something related to a government entity in the state? If so, California Government Code section 911.2 affords you six months from the accident to file a claim.
Statutes of limitations can be difficult to decipher, and unfortunately many bicycle accident victims wait too long to file a claim. Don’t let this happen to you. Contact DLG today for a free consultation. We will guide you through the legal process, answer any questions you have, and provide a general estimate for how much your claim may be worth.
If you are hoping that your health insurance policy will cover the injuries suffered in a North Hollywood bicycle accident, that hope won’t go too far. Between high deductibles that need to be met and the cost of care, you can easily find yourself in significant debt from medical care.
What if you were hit by an uninsured motorist? People don’t acquire insurance policies so they can ride a bicycle, which means you aren’t protected against an accident involving a motorist. For these reasons, it is in your best interest to speak with Dordulian Law Group and our North Hollywood bicycle accident lawyers about your case as soon as possible.
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When you are injured in a bicycle accident, it is imperative that you first call 911 so that the police respond and create an incident report. Calling 911 also ensures you will be evaluated for any injuries. The next step you should take is to contact a North Hollywood, California, bicycle accident lawyer from Dordulian Law Group.
Call our office in North Hollywood at (818) 873-4300 to schedule a consultation with a member of our team today. Our experienced firm has a 98% success rate and more than 40 years of combined experience representing clients injured in bicycle accidents and all other types of personal injury claims. We have recovered more than $100 million in settlements and awards throughout the years for injured clients like you. Put your trust in a compassionate, experienced team that fights vehemently for your right to compensation. For a bicycle accident injury, call D-L-G.
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