A bicycle accident includes any incident in which a bicyclist is assaulted, struck, or injured by someone else. While cars most often strike bicycles, there are instances in which another bicyclist could collide with the victim or push them over. There are many scenarios that can lead to a bicycle accident resulting in injuries to the rider. You could have been struck by a jogger, or you might have run off the road due to poor road design, swerving to avoid a pothole or damaged concrete.
Your bicycle accident may involve a collision with a solid structure, or you may have an encounter with a pedestrian in a crosswalk. No matter the severity of the accident, you have a right to seek financial compensation for your injuries.
We recommend that you try to collect as much information as possible at the accident scene. Take photographs or record videos of the scene and any involved vehicles. Speak to witnesses, ask for their contact information, and call 911. An ambulance can take you to the hospital and ensure you receive medical treatment, proving that you were injured on the day of the accident.
Your first priority after a bicycle accident should be receiving medical treatment. After you’ve been cleared (or at the very least examined) by a physician, your next step should be to contact an experienced Torrance bicycle accident attorney at Dordulian Law Group. We’ll fight to protect your rights under the law and recover a maximum damages award for your injuries – both physical and emotional.
Yes. You can sue for a bicycle accident if the offending parties clearly caused the accident and your injuries. When you sue for a bicycle accident, you can name anyone or anything that was involved. For example, you can sue a driver who crossed into the bicycle lane and hit you. You can sue a government agency that created dangerous conditions on the road. Or, you can sue a pedestrian, bicyclist, or bystander who pushed, assaulted, or collided with you.
Many bicyclists who are injured when riding may not realize that they have a claim. If you’ve been injured in a Torrance bike accident, the experienced legal team at DLG can help you determine whether or not you have a claim, and how much that claim is approximately worth in terms of a damages award.
How Much is Your Bicycle Accident Worth?
At DLG, we have recovered over $100 million for injured victims. A recent report from the Los Angeles Times shows that the cost of cycling accidents is rising dramatically, noting the case of a cyclist who received a $200,000 settlement from the city after his accident.
Another settlement reported by the Los Angeles Times paid $4.5 million to the family of a bicyclist who was killed in an accident.
At Dordulian Law Group, we seek remuneration for all applicable expenses that you incur after a bicycle accident. Damages most often include:
Your medical expenses, which will include your emergency care, invasive procedures, medications, and a range of other treatment your doctor may determine necessary. You may require a lifetime of outpatient care, home care, or medical gear that improves your quality of life. Medical expenses can include counseling for your mental trauma, and we will petition for physical therapy costs that allow you to return to your daily routine if applicable.
When you are hurt in a bicycle accident, you may immediately face financial hardship because you are unable to work due to your injuries. In many bike accident cases, it can be weeks or months until you are cleared to work. In the most severe cases, you might not have the opportunity to go back to work at all. If you train for a new job because you cannot keep your old job, we will figure the difference between what you made before the accident and what you make today.
Damages for pain and suffering underscore your physical pain and issues with motor control during the day. You may be unable to walk, walk with a limp, suffer from joint pain, or experience severe pain that accompanies your every move.
Emotional distress damages help you recover losses when you are anxious, depressed, fearful, suffer from PTSD, or exhibit signs of other mental health conditions.
Punitive damages in California are unlimited, but we must take the case to trial to ensure you receive this form of compensation. In order to recover punitive damages, we must demonstrate that the defendant was excessively careless or malicious in their actions.
If a loved one dies in a motorcycle accident, we will file a wrongful death lawsuit seeking compensation for everything from medical costs to burial expenses and probate fees. Only dependents may file these lawsuits, and we represent the estate during the case. California intestacy laws will dictate how the money is distributed.
When we bring your bicycle accident claim, we must prove that:
Our Torrance bicycle accident lawyers urge accident victims to seek medical attention to prove they were hurt on the day of the accident and share as much information as possible during a free consultation. We also recommend that injured victims refrain from sharing details about their Torrance bicycle accident on social media, given how such information could be misconstrued and potentially used against injured victim throughout the legal process. It is in your best interest to only share information with your DLG bicycle accident lawyer.
Bicycle accidents in California occur more often than in any other state. There were 455 fatalities from 2016 to 2018, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and a feature in U.S. News & World Report. These accidents can occur due to a number of factors, including greater traffic congestion, larger vehicles that can cause more damage, and distracted driving.
Injuries sustained during a bicycle accident can be catastrophic given the lack of protection offered from an oncoming car, motorcycle, or obstruction. When you crash into another vehicle or fall to the ground, you might suffer from:
Victims of bicycle accidents may be involved in relatively minor accidents where injuries are not readily apparent. Someone who is able to stop before a wayward driver bumps into them could suffer from whiplash or ligament damage. Someone who falls without suffering the full force of impact could still experience road rash, and victims might break the small bones in their hands or feet.
Even though victims might choose to wear a helmet, research indicates that the presence of bicyclists wearing helmets actually compels car drivers to get closer to those cyclists, according to the University of Bath. Even if you are wearing a helmet, it cannot prevent all head injuries if the force of the accident is great enough.
If you’ve experienced a bicycle accident injury in or around Torrance, you may be eligible to recover significant financial compensation. Contact the experts at DLG to see if you have a valid claim.
Criminal charges and civil charges are handled by different courts. When you file a civil lawsuit against the person or persons who caused your bicycle accident, in most instances your claim will ultimately conclude with either a settlement or verdict. If your case goes to trial – and we at DLG are always prepared to take a case to trial – you may appear before the Superior Court of California, County of Los Angeles, Civil Division. This court hears cases that require your Torrance bicycle accident lawyer to prove that it is more likely than not the defendant caused your accident or injuries.
Criminal charges may be also filed against the defendant, but that is the decision of the District Attorney’s office. If you are asked to testify in a criminal case against the defendant, you will appear before the Superior Court of California, County of Los Angeles, Criminal Division.
The statute of limitations for a personal injury lawsuit in California is two years from the date of the accident. However, if you plan to sue a government office, you only have six months from the date of the accident to file your claim. California Government Code section 905 and section 911.2 both relate to this statute.
Seek assistance from a Dordulian Law Group Torrance bicycle accident lawyer before the statute of limitations expires. If you have questions about your accident or the deadline to bring a claim, please do not hesitate to reach out for a free consultation with one of our experienced bike accident attorneys. It’s better to know that you don’t have a claim than to wonder whether or not financial compensation might be available, but fail to take action before the statute of limitations expires. Sadly, this is a common occurrence among bicycle accident victims.
In some cases, injuries may take time to develop, or may worsen over time. That’s why it’s so imperative that bicycle accident victims seek counsel from an experienced and successful lawyer as soon as possible after the accident. Too many variables exist that can negatively impact your claim if you hesitate or attempt to proceed with a claim on your own. That’s why we offer free consultations, so Torrance bicycle accident injury victims have the answers they need.
Insurance carriers do not typically play a major role in bicycle accidents because cyclists are not required to carry insurance. You may have health insurance that can partially pay for your injuries, but your lifetime maximum could be exhausted, or you could be left with hundreds of thousands of dollars in medical bills that your insurance did not cover.
An errant driver’s insurance policy may not reach the level of your injuries or losses, and it often pays very little because it is designed to cover minor accidents. Seeking compensation via a lawsuit is often the only way to recover all the money you need to improve your quality of life and recover completely.
Having recovered over $100 million in total compensation for over 1000 clients, Dordulian Law Group is comprised of a team of lawyers and investigators dedicated to victim’s rights. Contact us today to schedule a free consultation or to speak with someone about your case. You can work with a Torrance bicycle accident lawyer to learn the total value of your lawsuit and seek justice.
“I had a great experience with Dordulian Law Group after I was hit by a truck riding my bike. Samuel was a great help me throughout the whole process. Everyone that I had the pleasure of working with at the office was friendly and did a great job! I would highly recommend them for any personal injury case.”
Founded by Samuel Dordulian, DLG is a firm that exhausts every avenue to recover compensation for your pain and suffering after a bicycle accident. When you are injured in a bicycle accident, a lawyer from DLG will consult with you, review your information, and begin an investigation. Chief Investigator, Moses Castillo, spent 30 years with the Los Angeles Police Department investigating traffic accidents, juvenile crimes, and sex crimes. With his breadth of experience, you know that he will find the information needed to prove your claim.
Do not delay when filing a lawsuit regarding your Torrance bicycle accident. Allow us to work with you on your case so that you can focus on your recovery. We’re here to fight for you and recover every penny of compensation you deserve.
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