Davis is blessed with a well-organized network of bicycle paths, and the population of the city takes full advantage of the facility. Every day, from students to secretaries, and office workers to shop keepers, anyony passing through the city could be forgiven for thinking the entire town is in training for next year’s Tour de France.
Unfortunately, with busy city streets filled with bikes, cars, SUVs and trucks, accidents are bound to happen. These are the times when Davis cyclists may find themselves in need of Davis accident attorneys.
When there’s an accident between a bicycle and a four-wheeled vehicle of any size, two things are inevitable. First, the bicycle is going to come out of the accident worse than the motor vehicle; bikes never win in these contests where sheer weight and size are all that matters. The second thing that’s inevitable is that the bicyclist will, like his bicycle, come out of the accident worse off than the motor vehicle’s occupants.
Because of their relatively small size, bicycles can be hard to see when they approach an intersection, or as they zip past a line of parked cars, not realizing that someone is going to open a car door without looking. Bicyclists are frequently knocked to the pavement by cars turning right when there’s a bicycle alongside them, or turning left when they don’t see the cyclist coming through the intersection from the opposite direction.
Injuries to cyclists are frequently more severe, painful and traumatic than those suffered in many “ordinary fender benders,” simply because bicycles don’t offer any kind of protection between the cyclist and the pavement. Apart from helmets, cyclists also tend not to wear protective clothing, so they invariably suffer serious abrasions, along with a wide variety of broken bones, concussion and other traumatic brain injuries.
Bicycle accident lawyers understand that pursuing a personal injury lawsuit in these types of accidents is very different to those involving motorists. Insurance companies traditionally deny or defend claims on the basis that the cyclist was acting irrationally or ran a red light, or that they tried to squeeze past a car that already had its turn signal on.
It is for these reasons that anyone considering filing such a claim should not go it alone. The chances of a successful claim with a fair settlement will be increased almost exponentially if the cyclist has an experienced personal injury attorney on their side. Why? Because insurance companies know the bicycle accident attorney will take them to court, so there’s no point in defending the indefensible. Insurance companies offer fairer settlement figures, and they offer them more quickly, because they know there’s simply no point in doing otherwise.
If you live in Davis and were injured in a bicycle accident, or if you were just visiting the city and were the victim of a distracted or negligent driver, contact Davis accident lawyers with experience in handling your type of case. Make sure your rights are protected, and get your questions answered. The consultation is free, and the lawyers at Demas Law Group will be happy to help.
Call us on 916 444 0100, or toll free at 1 888 776 0977 to ask your questions or make an appointment to come see us.