Riding a bicycle is a great way to have fun, stay in shape, save money, and reduce your carbon footprint. While some people choose to ride in parks or on trails, others regularly ride their bicycles on the roads and streets of Orange County, which means they ride alongside millions of cars, trucks, and other motor vehicles. Furthermore, people who use their bicycle to commute to work are often on the roads during rush hour times that have high volumes of traffic. Unfortunately, this puts bicyclists at high risk of accidents and serious injuries.
When an accident is caused by another party’s negligence, an injured bicyclist has the right to recover for his losses by filing a personal injury claim. If you have suffered injury, an experienced bicycle accident attorney from Jamal Injury Law can help you receive the full compensation you deserve.Orange County Bicycle Laws
Under California law, bicycles are considered to be vehicles and to have all of the rights and responsibilities as other types of vehicles. While bicyclists are expected to follow all traffic laws and signals, motorists are also required to respect bicyclists and share the road in a safe manner. Unfortunately, this is not always the case, and negligent motorists cause bicycle accidents every day. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), in 2011 alone, 48,000 bicyclists suffered injury in accidents and 677 died.
Some common causes of bicycle accidents include:
- Distracted driving
- Failing to yield
- Running red lights or other traffic signals
- Not passing safely
- Following bicyclists too closely
- Cutting off a bicyclist
- Making a left or right turn without checking for bicyclists
- Opening a car door without checking for bicyclists
- Road hazards
As you can see, motorists are not always the negligent party that causes a bicycle accident. Government entities that fail to fix potholes or cracks in the road should also be held responsible for their negligence.
Bicyclists who are involved in accidents often suffer serious injury due to their relative lack of protection if they collide with the ground or a motor vehicle. Common injuries include broken bones, brain injuries, spinal injuries, organ damage, internal bleeding, road rash, and more. Some of these injuries have the potential to cause serious and even permanent disabilities, which can change a bicyclist’s life forever.Contact an Orange County Bicycle Accident Lawyer for a free consultation
If you have been injured in a bicycle accident, you are likely facing costly medical bills, pain, long recovery times, missed work, and much more. Under some circumstances, your life may be permanently changed due to your injuries. No matter what your specific circumstances may be, you still deserve to be reimbursed by the responsible party for all of your injuries. At Jamal Injury Law, we care about all of our clients and are committed to helping you obtain justice and financial recovery. We will always give you a straightforward assessment of your case and will respond to any questions in a timely manner. Do not hesitate to call us today at 714-907-1021 to schedule your free consultation.