Glendale Bike Accident Attorneys
While Los Angeles County is a largely urbanized, traffic-heavy area, cycling is still an extremely popular activity for residents. Whether it is cruising along Santa Monica Beach, gliding down Route 66, or exploring one of our many hidden bike trails, our county hosts several stunning areas to go biking. But many drivers are dismissive of cyclists and, often through negligence, contribute to catastrophic and sometimes deadly bike accidents.
At Aghabegian & Associates, PC, we have been representing injured individuals and their families since 1998, including cyclists injured throughout Los Angeles County. We understand just how traumatic a bike accident can be, especially for younger cyclists, and the long-term effects of these injuries. That is why our Glendale bicycle accident attorneys are dedicated to tirelessly pursuing justice on behalf of catastrophically injured cyclists and their loved ones.
Contact us online or by phone at (818) 507-4311 to learn more about how our team can fight for the fair recovery you are owed. Your initial consultation is completely free.
The complex roadways, patchwork neighborhoods, and chaotic rush hour all have made Los Angeles one of the most dangerous cities for bicyclists. Traffic congestion has made our drivers less accepting of cyclists, meaning they are less likely to respect their right of way. In addition, bike lanes are severely limited across the county, and the safest routes for cyclists are public trails that are inconvenient for anyone looking to bike to work. Due to the relative lack of bike lanes and general driver carelessness throughout Los Angeles County, far too many cyclists are injured or killed every year.
Due to their exposure on Los Angeles roadways, cyclists are more likely to suffer catastrophic injuries when compared to drivers, including:
Lower extremity injuries: Often times when a cyclist is struck by a car, the weight of their bike collapses onto one of their legs, crushing the limb. This can lead to serious lacerations, fractures along their hips, femur, ankles, and feet; and tears in their soft tissue, such as their hamstrings or Achilles tendons.
Trauma to the back and neck: Slamming against the pavement in a collision can lead to extensive damage to the spinal column, ranging as far down as the hips to all the way up to the neck. Spinal cord injuries can lead to long-lasting wounds ranging from chronic pain to paralysis and require extensive treatment to return to full mobility. Even if the spine remains unharmed, the muscles in the neck and back can become strained or sprained, requiring physical therapy.
Brain damage: While helmets are not a requirement under California law for anyone over 17-years-old, they can help prevent traumatic brain injuries. That being said, there is still a significant risk of brain trauma if a car is moving fast enough.
Facial fractures: Helmets offer little protection for the lower half a cyclist’s face, which can collide with a car’s frame, the pavement, or curbs during a collision. This can lead to fractures in the jaw, including teeth, the nose, and even the bones around the eyes, which can result in vision loss.
Biker’s arm: Although commonly attributed to motorcycle accidents, biker’s arm can also impact cyclists. The arms can bear the full weight of the body when a cyclist falls, resulting in nerve damage, specifically the brachial plexus in the shoulder and radial, ulna, and median nerves in their forearms, which can lead to paralysis. The damage can be repaired with surgery, but some victims face permanent paralysis in the affected limb.
While cyclists can also suffer serious injuries due to overuse or straining themselves on a ride, many traumatic injuries are the result of careless drivers.
By practicing due diligence and following safe driving techniques, most bicycle accidents can easily be avoided. However, because of negligent drivers, there are several common causes of bicycle accidents, including:
- Speeding, especially during sharp turns or lane changes, can cause violent accidents with cyclists
- Distracted driving, such as texting, making a call, or eating, can keep a driver from noticing a cyclist
- DUI/DWI is a major cause of accidents as drivers are severely limited in their reaction times
- Dooring, or the act of striking a cyclist when opening a door
- Left-turn accidents at intersections wherein a driver enters a bicycle lane to make a left turn without checking to see if the lane is free of bikers
- Failure to follow traffic signs and signals can cause sudden collisions with cyclists
- Dangerous road conditions, such as potholes, debris, or sharp curves, can cause a vehicle to strike a cyclist
- Side swiping a cyclist when changing lanes can result in catastrophic injuries
Whatever the cause of the biking accident, cyclists are more likely to suffer near-fatal injuries than drivers. These accidents can incur high medical costs and long recovery times for the victim's injuries.
While we would like to assume bike accidents are clear-cut cases, insurance companies are extremely unwilling to pay out proper compensation, even when it is clear that a driver was at fault. They will often undervalue a victim’s case with low settlement offers, dismiss injuries, or try to pin the blame on the cyclist. They may try to claim you are a reckless rider, that you should have been wearing more protective gear or brighter clothing, or that your injuries are a result of a pre-existing condition. That is why it is important to not only secure proper legal guidance from an experienced attorney, but also to keep track of key pieces of evidence that can be instrumental in your case.
In most personal injury cases, the major types of evidence include police or accident reports, medical records, photos or footage of the scene of the accident, and witness statements. While this is all extremely relevant, other forms of evidence can assist in proving a driver was at fault and that a victim deserves proper compensation.
Evidence that can impact your bike accident claim includes:
- Your bike: Damage to the bike may clearly indicate that you were struck by passenger vehicle or truck. Bikes should be photographed and stored safely after an accident, and we advise all clients not to throw them out or even have them repaired without having them reviewed by an expert first. Helmets, knee pads, and elbow pads are also important pieces of evidence that should be stored during your claim.
- Your clothing: Whatever clothes you were wearing may have paint residue from the car that struck you. All clothes should be secured in air-tight bags after an accident and clients should avoid washing them.
- The driver’s vehicle: Your bike may have left an impression in the driver’s vehicle, which is why you should take photos of it to document the damage.
- Smartwatch/Fitbit data: Fitness data that is tracked by your phones, smartwatches, and other devices can demonstrate the extent of your injuries. Your attorney can use past records to show that you had an active lifestyle prior to the accident and that your injuries have severely impacted your ability to exercise.
- GoPro footage: Many cyclists have taken to recording their routes via GoPros strapped to their chests or helmets. This footage may clearly outline the cause of your accident and whether or not driver negligence was involved. Nearby drivers may also have GoPro footage that can help in your case.
Sadly, cyclists tend to sustain far more serious injuries than the driver and passengers of the vehicles that hit them. Even when wearing suitable safety gear, such as bicycle helmets, cyclists are relatively unprotected when they are struck by large, heavy vehicles. In many cases, the resulting injuries are catastrophic, requiring extensive medical treatment and years of recovery.
Many injured cyclists will never make a complete recovery, and some will not be able to return to work for weeks, months, or even years. This can leave victims and their families struggling to come up with a plan to deal with the financial consequences of such an accident.
While a personal injury lawsuit won’t undo the suffering you have been through, it can ease the unanticipated financial costs associated with the accident by helping you recover compensation for:
- Immediate emergency medical treatment
- Ongoing care, including physical rehabilitation therapy
- Pain management programs and medications
- Medical equipment (such as wheelchairs or ramps for your home)
- Lost wages and income from time taken off work
- Temporary or permanently reduced or lost earning ability
- Pain and suffering
- Emotional distress
- Decreased life quality
At Aghabegian & Associates, PC, we make it our mission to hold negligent automobile drivers and other liable parties accountable. Our Glendale car accident lawyers are prepared to fight for the full, fair recovery you are owed. There is no case too tough or too complex for our team to handle, and we offer all our services on a contingency fee basis, meaning there is no upfront cost for you to work with us and you only pay if and when we secure compensation on your behalf.
Call (818) 507-4311 to request a free consultation today.
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