Bicycle Accident Lawyer – Basics
According to the latest statistics from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), in 2013 there were 48,000 injuries and 743 deaths in bicycle related accidents. These numbers, horrifying as they may be, may not represent the actual figures of bicyclist injuries and fatalities in the United States as only a fraction of bicycle involved accidents, which resulted in injuries, are even reported to the police.
Poorly designed or maintained roadways or poor lighting conditions may certainly lead to bicycle involved accidents. The most common causes for such accidents can usually be attributed to driver error or negligence. Examples of these would include: failure to yield right-of-way, failure to check for bicyclists before making a turn at an intersection, failure to stop at a sign or red light, bike lane intrusion, distracted driving, drunk driving, etc. In such cases the bicyclist may be entitle to compensation from the party that caused the accident for medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, and more.
An injured bicyclist must prove another party’s negligent and violation of the duty of care in order to get compensation. This may be done through witness accounts, photographic and video evidence, police and medical reports, and/or expert testimony. In such cases, it is recommended for the injured party to consult with an attorney. An attorney can help by investigating the facts of the case, acquiring the necessary evidence, and evaluating all available options.
A Bicycle Accident Lawyer can help
If you or a loved one has been injured in a bicycle accident due to the fault of another party, you may be entitled to compensation. However, you won’t be given the financial support you deserve unless you take the steps necessary to secure your rights. To schedule a free initial consultation with an experienced bicycle accident lawyer from the Law Offices of Eslamboly Hakim in Los Angeles County, call 800-LAW-TALK (529-8255) or contact us online.
Sharona Eslamboly Hakim, Esq. is a successful personal injury attorney and the principal of the Law Offices of Eslamboly Hakim firm in Beverly Hills, California.